There’s mounting optimism among Christian ministries in Japan.
The nation has traditionally been known as the graveyard of missionaries, but it seems things have changed since the triple disasters that struck Japan in 2011.
Christian ministries mobilised at the time to respond to the crisis brought on by earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident.
They say that since then, the responsiveness to the Gospel of Jesus is rising drastically.
Asian Access President Joe Handley has told Mission Network News, church pastors in Japan have an incredible vision for the future.
He says today there are 8,000 churches in Japan but their long-term goal is to plant another 50,000.
This year, church leaders are working on doubling Japan’s Christian population.
This will include a partnership between churches and para-church ministries to make use of the opportunities for spreading the Gospel during the Tokyo Olympics in July and August.