God’s Plan for Japan

By   •   October 14, 2010

As I write this letter, I am preparing to travel to Japan for an evangelistic Crusade in Osaka, the country’s second-largest city. Japan is among the most unreached countries on earth, and we need your prayers for this challenging opportunity “to advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12, NIV).

Although it is one of the world’s 10 largest nations by population, Japan has few churches, and average church attendance is under 100. Christians in Japan have remained a tiny minority for 450 years.

The economy is stagnating after decades of prosperity, and recent studies show that many Japanese people are becoming disillusioned over the emptiness of lives focused on materialism. An attitude of pessimism and hopelessness is increasing, especially among young people. Sadly, in one survey by the Gallup organization, 85 percent of Japanese teens said they wonder why they exist, and more than one in 10 wished they had never been born.

The Bible says we are made in God’s image. We are all unique, and God has a plan for each of our lives. The problem every human being faces is sin that brings separation from God–a separation that results in a deep loneliness, an emptiness, a void.

The churches in Osaka asked for our help in making known the truth of the Gospel that liberates mankind from despair. Christians have come together praying that the light of God’s truth will penetrate the darkness that hovers over the great country of Japan. Pray that the seed that is sown in the hearts of thousands will take root and a great harvest of souls will be won to the kingdom of God.

The Apostle Paul declared that when people receive the Word of God from those who faithfully preach, they accept it “not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). This is the reason we boldly preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It alone has the power to transform hearts of men, women, and children.

After our meetings in Japan we will travel to Latvia, a former Soviet bloc nation on the Baltic Sea, and have the same opportunity there to invest in the lives of those who need Christ. Will you pray with us that Christians will invite friends, neighbors, and loved ones to attend the Crusade?

Pray that the Holy Spirit will pierce hearts by the power of the Gospel. Prayer is the vital step in preparing the way for the work of God. Paul appealed to those who partnered with him in spreading the Gospel, asking them to join him in praying “that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). Pray that hearts will be open to the truth that God loves them and sent His Son to earth to redeem mankind from sin.

While I am in Japan, my son Will is preaching at a Crusade near Montevideo, Uruguay. This is our third large outreach in that country in three years because “a great door for effective work has opened” (1 Corinthians 16:9).

The opportunities God gives us for evangelistic ministry continue to grow, and we are able to keep telling people about the hope found in Jesus because friends like you both pray and give.

We want to make “the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:16). God honors faithfulness, and He will multiply the impact of sacrificial gifts from His people. If you can help us with a donation this month, know that giving to the work of the Lord has an effect that lasts for eternity.

May God bless you in all the things you do that make a difference for His kingdom.

Sincerely,
Franklin Graham
President

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99 Comments

  1. Louise says:

    I praise God for all He has done in you and through you! May your mission to Japan have the overflowing results that only He can bring about. My prayers will enfold you, with total trust in the weight of God's abundant blessings upon you and all who attend your Mission.

  2. Michael says:

    神は愛です~God is loveがんばって!Do your best.

  3. DANITA says:

    I WORK WITH A LOT OF ASIANS AND SOMETIMES WE TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY BELIEVE,THEY SAY THAT OUR GOD IS THE SAME BUT THEY FOLLOW BUDDA AND WE FOLLOW JESUS.PLEASE PRAY THAT THEY WILL HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS THE CORRECT WAY.

  4. This prayer is for my wife says:

    Dear heavenly Father,I ask that you watch over, guide, protect and keep always in good health, my wife Li-Kuang Lin. I need her so much and for her to be happy and healthy. We have had some rough times due to my own cause in recent past, and these things have caused some strain on her and especially right now on her throat. Please Lord, heal her throat and make it new again. I pray and trust in only you my God, my Lord forever and ever. Amen

  5. Claudia says:

    We have a very dear friend who lives in Osaka, Japan. It thrills my heart to know you are going there. I am praying she will attend the crusade. All of You are in my prayers. Thank you for being faithful servants.

  6. Delores says:

    You are in my prayers daily , as you travel to reach many with the Good News of Jesus. I thank God for BGEA and the 1000's upon 1000's you all have reach with the gospel of jesus Christ.” This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Ps. 118:24

  7. Bob says:

    Franklin, on-site and home-based support teams: I have prayed, and will continue to do so, for your campaign and services rendered for those in Osaka and in Latvia, and for Will's efforts in Montevideo. May the Holy Spirit give all of you strength iand wisdom in your respective venues, even as He pours out of Himself like a waterfall into a lake over those who hear of God's love and redeeming power through your mouths and actions. I pray his angels will bring you protection as well, and that there will be a Niagara of belief and spiritual renewal where you serve. In addition, you may begin expecting some small, yet monthly, financial support from my account as God speaks to my heart. I have already printed out the form and will mail it as soon as I have completed filliing it out. I wish it could be more. ~Tucson, AZ

  8. Ron says:

    Thank you for sharing the gospel to all those in need of hearing it. We in this country are so blessed to have the freedom to hear and share Gods word. Prayers and blessings to you, and all with you, on your mission to Japan!

  9. Hara says:

    We're really excited to have Franklin Graham come to minister to many lost people in Osaka city. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. We believe the harvest is near and God will do his miracle! We're very excited for the coming crusade.