We thank God for the good reports we hear from Japan, especially from the Tohoku disaster area. Labors of love which have resulted in houses rebuilt, volunteers who have come from around the world, church groups cooperating for the greater Kingdom of God, and people coming to Jesus. Praise God.
In the midst of the positive reports we received the 2012 Church Information Service report on the Protestant Churches in Japan. It seems that every statistical category came in lower, compared to 2011.
- Number of churches went from 7,928 to 7,832.
- Number of members went from 546,052 to 544,259.
- Worship attendance was down from 278,969 to 278,856.
- And number of baptisms and Sunday School attendance decreased.
We need to enter 2013 with a renewed prayer burden for Japan and Japanese around the world.