Day 4

Japan, East Asia
Population: 126,920,000
Chief of State: Emperor Akihito
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Christians: 2.2%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism (Shintoism)
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 84.74 Years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Population Below Poverty Line: 16%
Refugees Living in Japan: 12,491

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Japan announced it would withdraw from an international agreement, the International Whaling Commission, and resume its commercial whaling. Japan always circumvented the international moratorium on whale hunting by killing whales for scientific research and then selling the meat. Now it says it will only resume hunting within its own waters. Consumption of whale meat has dropped significantly in recent decades due to international campaigns to protect whale species. Pray that Japan will be good stewards of its natural God-created resources (The Bible, Job 12:10).

Japan to Resume Commercial Whaling, Defying International Ban (New York Times)

Guinea-Bissau, West Africa
Population: 1,726,000
Chief of State: President José Mário Vaz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira
Christians: 11.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.8%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 54.27 Years
Literacy Rate: 55.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Guinea-Bissau: 8,807

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Given the fact that much of Guinea-Bissau’s culture is an oral culture, it is important that the Church also develop good Christian resources that can be used orally.This means training in story telling, puppet plays, songs and Scripture memorization. It could also mean technology that allows people to listen to Scripture and other Christian resources. Pray for these resources to be developed, funded and made available. Pray that this may be a successful way of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Deuteronomy 32:1).

Pray for Africa (Guinea Bissau)