The religions of Japan are Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland 1400 years ago. So evangelical churches in Japan are small and the Japanese are reticent to visit an evangelical church.
Three faithful members of a church planted by Takuji & Hiroko Yamazaki decided to pray for newcomers to the church every Sunday. To date, they have had new visitors for ten weeks straight!
In March, a 12-year-old boy, originally from the Philippines, asked pastor Yamazaki how he can have eternal life…how he can go to heaven. The boy has been attending services faithfully with his parents. But he needed time to process. Pastor Yamazaki was happy to explain the way of salvation. They prayed together as he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He has also requested to be baptized!
Photo of Takuji Yamazaki at one of his churches.