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Japan is recognized for its technological advancements and rich history but most people are not religious and less than one percent are Christian

As OM in Japan, our main outreach focus is on the unengaged 30 million Japanese people living in rural Japan. Hundreds of towns in the countryside of Japan are still without any churches or followers of Jesus. Most missionaries in Japan serve in urban areas where there are already churches established.

We want to be intentional to do discipleship and church planting where the need is the greatest. Our teams that are based in the countryside are engaging their communities through various initiatives including teaching English, hosting house parties, organizing events, etc. We also undertake prayer and seed sowing trips to unengaged communities, sharing the gospel and making disciples with the aim of incorporating the new believers into vibrant communities of Jesus followers.

We want to see a multiplication of churches, with the focus on disciples making disciples, trusting God that it will result in a Disciple Making Movement that will spread to other least reached areas of Japan.  We also want to strengthen our admin and mobilizing teams to become effective in motivating, inspiring and training to release more workers and finances for reaching the least reached around the world. 

Artists who understand God’s call on their lives are especially equipped to move people to better love Jesus because the arts engage so much more than people’s intellect. Through the arts, people’s hearts, minds, imaginations and senses enter into an experience of God’s love. Training initiatives equips artists to be vital contributors in seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached.  Our trainings emphasize experiential learning, while always pursuing biblically sound and culturally relevant beauty. Our programs and other training materials seek to make as practical as possible the best teaching from thought leaders in the world of theology and worship, arts and culture.  

Facts about Japan
Population:
125,000,000
People Groups:
Japanese, Okinawan-Ryukyuan, Burakumin, Eurasian, Miyako-Ryukyuan
Religions:
Buddhism, Ethnic Religions, Non-religious
Percent Evangelical:
0.6%
Government:
Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
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