Japan: A Country in Need of the Gospel

By Rev. Yoshikazu Takada, Festival Executive Chairman   •   October 12, 2010

For many years we have looked forward to having a Franklin Graham Festival in the Kansai region of Japan. We are expecting great things from God during the Oct. 22-24 event as we believe that God is ready to bless and to accomplish His mighty works.

With some 28 million people, the Kansai region represents about one quarter of Japan’s national population, second only to the Kanto region, where Tokyo is located. Kansai is a center of tradition, history, culture and industry. Osaka, the region’s largest city, has developed as a commercial city since the Middle Ages and plays a major part in the Japanese economy. Nearby are other famous cities, such as Nara, Kyoto and Kobe.

The Festival is reaching out to all churches in the region. Across the country, churches in Japan have a small and aging membership. Some don’t even have pastors. As a result of a decreasing child population, Sunday school enrollment is down. Some seminaries and theological department have closed. There are very few young Christian leaders in our country to assume the roles of senior leaders.

Additionally, Japan is experiencing a slow economy, resulting many jobless people. The number of yearly suicides is increasing; in the past 10 years it has never been less than 30,000. Many are suffering mental illness, and there have been cases of school and domestic violence.

We pray this Festival will make an impact not only on Kansai but on the entire nation of Japan, as delegations will be attending from Sapporo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima and Tokyo.

The event will present the hope of Christ through messages from Franklin Graham and through gospel music, which is very popular in Japan, even among non-churched people. In light of this, we prepared a 10-day, pre-Festival concert tour with Alfie Silas of the Tommy Coomes Band, which was very encouraging to our young people.

In the past few months, Festival leaders have visited more than 200 churches personally. As I visit, I see many pastors and members actively living out their faith in Christ. We’ve also seen that Evangelicals and Pentecostals have come together in healthy cooperation.

Only a few days remain before the Festival. Gideon had only 300 men, but they defeated the Midianites. This victorious God of Gideon chose Kansai for this Festival. We pray that we will see the abundant work of the Holy Spirit and His glory.

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This article is from the October 2010 issue of Decision magazine.
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  1. Internet@bgea says:

    Viviene, if you will contact me directly we can give you directions on how to make a donation from the UK. lstepp@bgea.org

  2. John says:

    God bless Franklin and team on the mission to Japan. I pray for tens of thousands to come to saving grace of Jesus Christ and for pasters to be raised up.

  3. Lee says:

    God is doing a mighty work in Osaka, Japan. I am here and I see it happening. Through the Kansai Franklin Graham Festival this weekend the lives of hundreds and thousands of people forever through the simple preaching of the Gospel. I pray that the name of Jesus Christ will spread across the land of Japan and the people will turn to the true and living God (Psalm 107).

  4. Mike says:

    I'm praying for Japan. In Jesus name, we will see fruit, we will see souls saved, I declare it in Jesus name. Thank you BGEA for doing the will of God! Blessings to you in the name of Jesus!

  5. mark says:

    The world will pass away but the Word of God will always be there. May God richly bless you for spreading the gospel. Will be waiting for you that day for the gospel since I'm in Japan.

  6. ian marlon says:

    God Bless Osaka, God Bless all Japan. Jesus Christ with u BGEA…Indonesia will be waiting too.

  7. Caroline says:

    I hope Japan will accept God's Word and believe in their own heart of our Lord. Bless the people in Japan.

  8. Diana says:

    Sometimes as I prayed walking in Japan I would look around and know with a burden that I may be the only Christian anywhere near. How humbling. I would pray that a light would someday be a light for Christ. Let Japan be the epicenter of a spiritual quake that's changes our world for Jesus. May the Holy Spirit move mightily. May the only true God be glorified! Amen in Jesus name!

  9. BGEA web writer Janet says:

    Hillary – I will be traveling to Osaka to write about this Festival. I would love to talk to you when I get there … would you mind responding to jchismar@bgea.org? And, yes, I will pray for your friend to meet Jesus!!

  10. sarah says:

    Japan is a country that holds my heart and I pray that the Lord will bring deliverance to it. They are a nation that CAN be saved! Bless you all and I pray strength for your upcoming journey.