OUR VISION FOR JAPAN
We are developing Emmaus Japan, our church plant, as a place for people to encounter Jesus Christ—and to experience the new life that He alone can give.
Japan is a nation blending old customs and traditions with new ways of relating and connecting. Young people approach family, career and social belonging in a way that is vastly differently from their parents and grandparents. In this context our strategy is to create opportunities for people to grow in their relationships: for marriages to be strengthened, for parents to find encouragement and practical help, and for all to find a community that supports the relationships that matter most. As people who do not know Christ find this relationship help, we believe many will also discover the importance of a relationship with their Creator.
We plan to build on the marriage and parenting ministries we have been leading for years, but know that these ministries alone are not enough. The average household size in Tokyo’s Nerima district is just 1.9 people. Many live alone. We pray that they, too, will find the church to be a place to make and grow in meaningful relationships.
It’s in this context that we want to see 1 Thessalonians 1:5 increasingly evident in our neighborhood: that the gospel will come “not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.”
We long to see many experiencing God’s power and responding to the gospel.
Facts on Japan
126,899,660 Total population
<1% Japan’s Christian population*
76.6% Of Japanese do not believe in a specific religion
30.7% Believe that religion plays an important role in their pursuit of happiness
30.7% Wished they could turn to God or Buddha for help
74.3% Usually visit family members’ graves to offer prayers during the summer holidays
49.5% Regularly pray in front of Buddhist or Shinto altars at home