Day 4

DECEMBER | 2022

Japan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, but a regular working day. As “Christmas” creeps into culture as a purely commercial season, churches find that Japanese people are open to knowing more about the history and real meaning of Christmas. This presents churches opportunities to offer a range of events and outreaches. Pray for churches as they run these events this year, that many people will be attracted to come and that their hearts will be stirred by what they hear. Pray that many will be curious to know more, and humble enough to be open to join Bible study groups (The Bible, Proverbs 15:33).

Source: Japan: Christmas, a time for Witness (Missions Box)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

An archipelago of 6,852 islands, Japan has the world’s third-largest economy and is a major donor to world crises. Three-quarters of the nation’s population lives in big cities, together with one of the world’s most aging populations has resulted in specific needs in rural areas as young people all move to the cities in search of work. 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. This year Japan was rocked by the assassination of former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, during a campaign speech. The election was won by the new prime minister, Fumio Kishida.

CHIEF OF STATE
Emperor Naruhito
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Fumio Kishida
POPULATION
126.3 million
CHRISTIANS
2.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shintoism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
12,491
LIFE EXPECTANCY
84.74 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%

Day 4

DECEMBER | 2022

Guinea-Bissau

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Gabon and Guinea Bissau signed two cooperation agreements spanning consultation on political and diplomatic matters, as both countries move to strengthen ties. The signing came during a visit of Umaro Sissoco Embaló, the Guinea Bissau leader, to his Gabonese counterpart Ali Bongo Ondimba. The legal framework for cooperation between Gabon and Guinea Bissau has been strengthened with the signing of two new agreements, one on political and diplomatic consultations, the other on the general framework for cooperation. Discussions between the two leaders, revolved around agriculture, training, economic exchanges, fishing and industry. Pray that the agreements will strengthen bilateral relations. Pray for Guinea Bissauans to come to know the new covenant God has made with them for remission of their sins (The Bible, Romans 11:27).

Source:

https://northafricapost.com/62737-gabon-guinea-bissau-ink-two-cooperation-deals-to-bolster-ties.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Guinea-Bissau is one of the world’s poorest countries. It relies on revenues from raising a cashew crop to feed most families, and its economy depends greatly on foreign aid. Umaro Sissoco Embalo is the President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau since 27 February 2020. Nuno Gomes Nabiam is the Prime Minister since 28 February 2020. 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. The country has the sixth highest mortality rate in the world. Illicit drug trafficking has grown almost unchecked, as the government has no coast guard, police have no cars available, and the navy has no boats for patrolling the North Atlantic shores.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Umaro Sissoco Embaló
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Nuno Gomes Nabiam
POPULATION
1,874,303
CHRISTIANS
11.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
8,807
LIFE EXPECTANCY
54.27 yrs
LITERACY RATE
55.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown