Day 4

Japan, East Asia
Population: 126,317,000
Chief of State: Emperor Naruhito
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

Pray4Japan Facebook Page
The Buddhist Obon festival is when the spirits of ancestors are believed to return to their homes. During this festival many people go and visit their families and make offerings at their family altars. Christian Believers don’t want to participate in the offerings and Buddhist worship, but they do want to honor and respect their families. This makes it very difficult time for Christians, especially for those whose families receive their decision to follow Christ as rejection of their family values.

Pray that Christians will have wisdom and grace to remain strongly committed to their Christian faith (The Bible, 1 John 5:21).

Obon: a difficult time for Christians in Japan (OMF)

Guinea-Bissau, West Africa
Population: 1,815,698
Chief of State: President José Mário Vaz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Aristides Gomes
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

Pray4Guinea-Bissau Facebook Page
In September, police seized 1.8 tons of cocaine in the nation’s largest ever drug bust. The drugs came from Colombia and were destined for the Al Qaeda network based in North Africa. Authorities have long suspected the Islamic militants of involvement in the drug industry. This is the second large drug seizure this year, perhaps evidence of the nation’s greater commitment to fighting the drug trade. Guinea-Bissau was called a “narco-state” by the UN, but since the US arrested some key politicians on drug related charges, the traffic of cocaine through Guinea-Bissau appears to have decreased.

Pray that there will be further genuine and far-reaching commitment to addressing this issue (The Bible, Proverbs 16:3).