Pray for Tokyo: Shinagawa and Ota

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Skyscrapers in Shinagawa

Pray for Shinagawa Ku
360,000 individuals reside in Shinagawa Ku with a mere 17 churches to reach them all. It is an area with rich historical significance. It also holds the headquarters for a number of electric companies meaning it is populated with very influential people in the corporate sphere. Horse races occur here as well so gambling is not uncommon. Pray that they would come to see the priceless worth of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord.

 

 

 

Ota at night

Pray for Ota Ku
There are 682,000 people that live in Ota Ku with 34 churches to minister to them. This is the largest prefecture in Tokyo making up 10% of the size of all 23 prefectures. It also houses the only airport in Tokyo proper. There are many wealthy neighborhoods and gambling outlets here. Pray that they too would come to see the priceless worth of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord.

Pray for Tokyo: Chuo and Minato

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Nihonbashi in 1933

Chuo (中央区)

Population   115,000 (22nd)
Size            3.9 sq mi. (2nd smallest of 23 wards)
Churches     10

 

The Chuo ward is in the center of everything. “Chuo” literally means central. For the last 5 years, Chuo has had the most rapidly increasing population of any area in Japan. The Nihonbashi area in Chuo is home to many old shops as well as the bank of Japan. The Ginza area is known for its shopping and is home to many expensive stores, bars, and other entertainment. Finally, the Tsukiji/ Tsukishima area is known for its great food. Tsukiji Ichiba is the largest fishing area in the world and is a great place to get sushi. Tsukishima has many restaurants specializing in Monjayaki, a famous food in Tokyo that consists of various ingredients in a fried batter. The dish is said to have originated in Tsukishima.

 

Pray that with the increase in Chuo’s population there would be a far greater increase of the Gospel. Pray that the citizens and city goers would see the emptiness in their money and expensive shops and that they would find the fullness only available through Jesus Christ.

 

Minato (港区)
Population  215,000 (17th)
Size           7.9 sq mi. (12th largest)
Churches    32

 

Out of the 147 international embassies in Japan, 78 of them are located in MInato. The headquarters of many businesses are located in Minato as well, including Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Sony, and Toshiba. Minato has the highest income in all of Japan. It also has a large divorced population and many single mothers.
The Shimbashi area of Minato is known as a place where businessmen come to drink. On any given night there will be many drunk men found there. In the Roppingi area, there are many sports bars to be found. The Roppongi area of Minato is known for being an international place where many foreigners come together.

 

Pray that the churches in Minato would be effectively sharing the Gospel to the city. Pray that God would be opening eyes and hearts to receive this message and that the citizens of Minato would see their need for a Savior

Pray for Tokyo: Adachi and Katsushika

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Adachi ward (足立区) is the 5th largest ward in Tokyo. Surrounded by 7 rivers, it is an agricultural area with many farmers as wells as factories for their industry. The population is 645,000 with a total of 27 churches to reach out to the hurting and lost. Crime is more prevalent here due in part to its large population.

Pray for the churches and believers in this ward to not grow weary, but to trust in Him and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ boldly!

 

Katsushika ward (葛飾区) is the 9th largest ward with 432,000 people living in its borders. There are only 15 churches in this ward to reach the lost. It also has the 4th largest demographic of elderly people over 65 years old. The demographic of 0 -14 year olds in Katsushika Ku is also 4th in Japan, however the “in-betweeners” are much fewer. It is a ward that very much resembles the ‘good old days’ and change does not come easily.

Pray for the hearts of the young and the elderly to love one another and serve one another, not out of honor or duty, but because of the great grace of Jesus Christ towards all of them!

Pray for Tokyo: Kita and Arakawa

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This week we’ll look at Kita (北区) and Arakawa (荒川区) wards and how we can pray for them.

Kita means north in Japanese and is the northern most ward in Tokyo. It lies just left of Itabashi and has a long history. Before World War II it was a collection of farming communities. After the war, the region hit an industrial boom in which many chemical plants were established. The chemicals were used in tandem with the paper factories of Itabashi that we mentioned last week. Kita ward has a population of 334,000 and is roughly 13 sq mi. Kita ward has the highest population of elderly in all of Tokyo. 25% of the population is over 65. The effects of Japan’s aging society in well documented in Kita ward. Since 1965, the population of the ward has decreased by 12,000 due largely to deaths of the elderly. In Kita ward there are only 15 churches, that’s 22,266 people per church.

With this information in mind how can we pray for Kita ward?

  • Pray for the salvation of the elderly in Kita ward
  • Pray for the churches of Kita ward that they would have boldness to engage the people of Kita ward on mission to share the gospel.
  • Pray that young christian families would see the opportunities for mission in the ward and consider moving there.

Arakawa, meaning raging river, has a population of 202,000 people in a space of about 6 sq mi. Arakawa was destroyed in world war II but efforts to rebuild it have made one of the best wards to live in today. Arakawa has the most long term residents of any ward and one of the highest populations of Asian foreigners in Tokyo. It has been voted one of the best places to raise children in Tokyo. With so much going for Arakawa, there are only 14 churches in this ward, that’s 14,500 people for every church.

 

Let’s pray for Arakawa

  • Pray that the churches of Arakawa would seize opportunities to raise up new leaders from the young generations around them.
  • Pray that the churches would be able to connect and reach the foreigners around them and make a global impact for Christ.
  • Pray that the churches of Arakawa would continue to step out on mission and boldly proclaim the gospel.

Pray For Japan: Tokyo

Tokyo city lies in the eastern part of Tokyo prefecture and is divided into 23 densely populated wards. The rest of Tokyo expands westwardly along the Tama river. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is one of the largest cites in the world. Tokyo is also the political, economical and cultural center of Japan. Tokyo is also home to nearly 30 million people, of which only a tiny fraction are Christian.

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There are roughly 1000 churches in Tokyo with an average attendance of 581. The need for churches to be on mission is overwhelming.  The need for leaders to be trained up and lead these churches is desperate. The need to see more churches planted in Tokyo in immense. This summer a team from Karis Church will travel to Tokyo to see these needs up close and in person.

This week we ask that you pray for Tokyo.

  • Pray that revival would take root in Tokyo
  • Pray for church leaders to lead their churches well and to raise up new leaders.
  • Pray for more churches to be planted throughout Tokyo
  • Pray that Tokyo would become a gospel light to the rest of Japan and the world.

Would you also consider giving towards our trip this summer?

Pray for Japan: The Church

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With only .03% of Japan’s 130 million people claiming to follow Jesus, the church of Japan has its work cut out for it.

Here are 5 ways that you can pray for the church in Japan this week.

1. Revival and unity in the Japanese Church- There are over 160 denominations in Japan among them are major divisions such as charismatic, evangelical and other groups. The events of the 2011 tsunami saw a turning point amongst the church of Japan as these different groups cooperated together to help the relief efforts. During that season the seed of revival began to take root in Japan. Pray the these roots would grow stronger and that this newly unified church would seize the opportunity of this revival and boldly proclaim the gospel throughout the nation.
 
2. Leadership Training- As the current church leaders in Japan continue to grow older there is a greater demand to see new leaders trained. Declining seminary enrollment and a genuine lack of committed young believers poses a threat to the future of the church. Pray that the current generation of leaders would be able to train up men and women within the local churches to become to future leaders that the church in Japan needs.
 
3. Discipleship- Application of biblical truth on a daily basis is a great challenge for believers who are continually being pressured to conform to this homogeneous culture. Many new believers struggle to plant firm gospel-centered roots in their lives. Pray that the Lord would give grace to his people that will enable them to live out Romans 12
 
4. Revitalized Worship- Many of the conservative churches maintain a form-centered worship that lacks the vitality of the Spirit. Ask the Lord to break in and give his people a new song to sing for his glory.
 
5. Missions- The Japanese church is still very young and has only to begun to be a blessing to the nations. Pray that the Lord would give the church of Japan a vision and burden for the nations of the earth. Japan is remembered among the Asian peoples as the nation that caused great harm and hurt during World War II. Pray that the Lord would raise up the church in Japan to a blessing to Asia and bring reversal to the historical damage.

Information adopted from Operation Japan