Current opportunities for Christian ministry in Japan

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Akihiro Matsumoto

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AIthough more than 140 years have passed since the first Protestant missionaries came to Japan, the number of Protestant church members is only 0.4 percent of Japan's population, and the number who attend public worship stands at 0.2 percent. During this same period, a number of missionaries to Japan have sacrificed their lives for the sake of Christ and the gospel. Since becoming a Christian in 1979, each of the three churches I have belonged to was founded and pastored by a foreign missionary: one from Great Britain, one from New Zealand, and one from the United States. Thus, I have seen how missionaries have spent their lives and used their gifts to evangelize the Japanese people.

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Japan -- Church history
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