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

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An archipelago of 6,852 islands, Japan has the world’s third largest economy and is a major donor for world crises. This year, Japan’s emperor abdicated making room for his son, Naruhito. A strong traditional core has been flanked by a progressive younger generation valuing Western culture and ideas. Japan suffers from a high suicide rate, the leading cause of death for those under 30. Fewer than two percent are Christian; it is still one of the world’s most secular nations. Seventy percent of Japanese identify with no personal religion, although most adhere to Shinto and Buddhist customs.

Praise Report
Praise God for numerous testimonies of people coming to faith through the ministry of churches across Japan (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Prayer Requests
There are many rural parts of Japan that have no church presence at all. Pray that urban churches will receive a heart to reach out to the surrounding rural areas, planting daughter churches (The Bible, Acts 20:24).
Pray for the new Emperor Naruhito and his family. Pray that they may find salvation in Jesus Christ. Pray that they may bring in a fresh and younger approach to the traditions of the nation (The Bible, Psalm 71:5).

Call to Salvation
We declare over this nation that Jesus is the way, truth and life. We speak out God’s abundant life that brings hope, security and peace that the Japanese so desperately need (The Bible, John 14:6).
Sources: WIN
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

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One of the world’s poorest countries, Guinea-Bissau relies on revenues from raising a cashew crop to feed most families, and its economy depends greatly on foreign aid. Outside of the agricultural sector, the government struggles to pay its workers. There are suspicions that the country aids the Latin American cocaine trade as the narcotic reaches Europe. Freedom of religion exists in Guinea-Bissau; however, an animistic Islam dominates the greater culture, particularly in the north and east. Christianity sees greater success in the south and coastal regions. This year the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) helped mediate President Vaz to name a government after months of political wrangling following the legislative elections.

Praise Report
Praise God for His protection over this nation with regard to keeping the growth of radical Islam at bay (The Bible, Isaiah 54:17).

Prayer Requests
The last two years have been marred by political strife and instability. Pray for peace to reign and ask God to preserve the outcomes of the November presidential elections (The Bible, Roman 8:31).
Praise God that the Church in this nation is growing at an annual rate of 6.2%. Pray for excellent discipleship programs that help new Believers to grow deep in God’s Word (The Bible, John 15:8).

Call to Salvation
Pray that many will experience true deliverance and freedom from the spiritual strongholds of animistic Islam and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

Sources: WIN