Another 14 hours later, I'm going to meet our friend, Joseph Ozawa. Then, on Monday, people will gather to pray for Japan. I can't help, but keep exciting about it, and start counting my fingers how many will come, who will come, and how many things that we can share about.
Nevertheless, people who started to pray for Japan, or even just at the stage of identified it will often found themselves lonely, isolated from the main- stream. Especially when one starts to share about his or her vision for Japan, there is a feeling of talking to a face of cold icy wall.
10/40 window, largest unreached
The land of the rising sun located in the frame of 10/40 window, and being the largest number of a single unreached people group on earth, Japan, has a privilege to be highlighted in world of missions!
Had Japan really been highlighted in Missions World? The answer is no.
Japan is known to be "Missionary Tomb". (we can discuss more about that later)
Many people know the facts, but not many know about how to reach out to Japan, especially for those who come from the third world countries. Fund is a huge problem.
The hardship is not only on the relationship with the local people. It is also because of the financial part of it. Japan, being one of the highest expense country, it's tough to live in -- for foreigners -- comfortably.
What make Japan's missionary so inferior to others?
Tiredness, shame and bored.
The land is not as fertile. The head counts do not produce a great cheering number to the giving parties. The stagnant work does not give incentives or motivations for the workers to move on.
In Africa, China, where the spiritual doors are open, a meeting will lead thousands to Christ. In Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam - we see how lives being changed because of the goodness of the Lord, and the mercies of His people. We have a lot to give. In Arab, we are in trend of bringing gospel to our Samaritan brothers, and political social persecutions allow people to maintain the alertness.
However, in Japan. None of these happens. The persecution comes from within, and many times is personal struggle with the Lord. We cannot offer them food, except for the homeless. We cannot offer them jobs, we cannot offer them medical care like what we do in the refugee camp. We planted a church, and see only 1 coming to Christ after 8 years. The membership of the church is of housewives with no-income, and many of the time, they are the only one in the family that knows about Jesus.
So many of work, so many crises in lives, that people need to deal with. So many politeness, that people cannot speak out of what they really think. So many house visitations needed to be done, if the pastor or the church workers really want to shepherd their sheep. Yet, when it comes to all these, we are often lack of strength, money and man power.
Compare to the work of the refugees, or feeding the poor, working in Japan seems to have no connection at all with this. There is not an urgency in life and dead.
Compare to the work in the third world countries, seems to be "no fun", "no name", "no fame". There are very seldom chances that you can give an account of "hundreds" or "thousands" accepted the Lord, or rededicated to the Lord. These numbers just do not exist!
But I am telling you, if you really feel that way, if you have not see the urgent needs for Japan to know Christ, you had MISS the urgency of the KINGDOM!
If the Kingdom of God is to be establish on this earth, it is either Japan to perish or to retain! 128 million people staying in Japan. 120 million easily are Japan Japanese! Do you see the number of souls that are going to perish when Christ come?
100 people commit suicide a day in Japan. There were says that 1 million of missing youth that lost in the transition era which suffer Hikikomori. A stagnant or rather decline GDP for almost 10 years. One of the highest suicide nation, one of the highest unborn rate, one of the fastest aging race, one of the highest unmarried single nation! Japan is not doing as well as most people may thought. It is not only about the glamor sushi or onzen or sakura!
It is about life and dead! It is about eternal dwelling! JESUS is coming, sooner and faster than ever in history. And we don't know the TIME! You need to grasp this fact firmly before you can act! If our outreach is not about Jesus 2nd coming, we can rather choose to do charity work which is much easier and pleasurable in the view of non-believers. We need to know that the 2nd coming is true, and lives will perish if they do not know JESUS!
And now before you, there are more than 120 million souls, waiting for you to tell them about JESUS! About HOPE, about LIFE!
Japan needs you! Japan needs your prayers, your support, your love and gifts! Gifts of talents, gifts of love, gifts of time, gifts of patience to it's people!
It is either we have this nation before the Lord that very day, or we see a huge gap, dark hole at their seats.
"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore
hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
When I say unto the wicked,Thou shalt surely die;and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way,to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. " ~ Exekiel 3:17-18
So, do not be afraid of feel inferior when you feel that the Lord is calling you to Japan, or to pray for Japan! You are the one of the very few that had been chosen, that He opens eyes so that you can see the huge need in this field!
We welcome you here, God bless you!