The men of faith in Japan
Thursday 2 August 2018
Did you know that among the world’s least reached peoples, are the Japanese considered the second largest?
The coutry counts about 127 million people. Even though there has been a mission in the country for more than 50 years, less than one percent of them have received Jesus. Should we conclude that it is an impossible task to reach the Japanese with the gospel? No, of course not. We will still run a mission in Japan. But perhaps it might be useful to think of some new thoughts for how we can go forward to reach more Japanese with the message of Jesus.
The situation today is that 7 out of 10 Christian Japanese are women. We in the Norea Medieval Mission have recently prayed to God that He will show us how to go forward to bring more Japanese men to Jesus. It is He who by His Holy Spirit ultimately calls people to repentance. But all who have received Jesus and who have become His followers on earth are in different ways Jesus’ hands and feet.
Japanese men often have strong loyalty to the workplace, much like soldiers have to their superiors. High labor standards are basically positive, but only up to a certain point. When the loyalty of employers and colleagues becomes so extreme that it is at the expense of the relationships of their own family, it becomes unhealthy. Ultimately, such an attitude can be directly destructive both for the individual family and for society as a whole.
Having discussed the situation in Japan with national Christian and foreign missions to the country, it has begun to draw an interesting picture. Could it be thought that the key to reaching Japanese men with the gospel of Jesus could be to establish small groups of people? We think so. Therefore, we are now launching Men of Belief in Japan. The study plan, which is specifically aimed at men, has been thoroughly tested and tested in a number of countries. Call for repentance and follow-up of Jesus goes hand in hand with the profound of Christian values for family life and society. Teaching is disseminated both through written material and via radio and the Internet.
We have good partners in Japan who are ready to launch the Men of Belief as soon as the material is translated into Japanese, and they expressly believe that this may be a key to reaching out with the gospel in this country. Will you stand with us in prayer that this commitment will succeed and that the work will lead to a spiritual breakthrough in Japan? Imagine, in this way, that we could help reach the world’s second largest undead group of people with the gospel of Jesus!