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Over 500,000 people in Japanare still with out proper housing, living in school and community buildings and tent cities.  It will take many years to rebuild the towns and cities devastated by the tsunami.  As the Chiba and Tokyo City churches continue to serve those affected in Tohoku, new opportunities arise for new church planting initiatives in this region.  Please pray for more gospel centred churches to be planted and more Christian workers to go to Japan.  Pray for revival in Japan.  God is always good and gracious.  Thank you for praying and your partnership in the Gospel.  When the Chiba City Church plant launches in the coming years we hope to be a part of the ongoing relief efforts in northern Japan as well.

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Many people have been asking are we still going to Japan following the Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster.  And the answer is Yes.  Our plans haven’t changed and the need for the Gospel in Japan remains as great as ever.  In Japan we will be working alongside Mission to the World.  Our Team Leader recently featured in the following video, explaining why we shouldn’t leave Japan and why more Gospel workers should come.

1. Less than 0.2% of the population of Japan are Christian, making it the largest unreached nation in the developed world.

2. The Japanese do not understand what grace is; it’s not a part of their culture. Every seemingly generous act comes with a corresponding obligation.

3. Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things for the Japanese to do, because they rarely if ever experience it for themselves.

4. Japan as a nation is experiencing challenging social issues: has the highest rate of suicide in the developed world (almost 100 a day), marital breakdown and depression are rife, possession of child pornography is legal.

5. Japan has among the highest rates of literacy in the world, yet 98% of Japanese have never read or heard the gospel.

6. Most churches are dying because they are no longer relevant to the culture; many are syncretistic or liberal.

7. There are few training for full time ministry; many churches are without a pastor or have pastors nearing retirement.

8. The amount of missionaries to Japan is markedly decreasing because it is the most expensive mission field in the world.

9. Church planting is the most effective strategy for church growth; there is a desperate need for church planters.

10. The effects of globalism and the economic recession, the breakdown of traditional culture and the recent disasters have created an increasing sense of emptiness in the Japanese heart: now, more than ever before, the Japanese are looking for hope.

And yet, amidst all this, God has promised that He will build his church.