Overwhelming response to call to prayer for Japan

On the front page of the June 25 issue, Scotty Goldman invited TAB readers to pray for Japan. And wow, did you respond.

Goldman, director of the office of global missions for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, said he had a goal to get 150 signed up for text message prayer updates, and more than 200 of you asked to be put on the list.

“I have had multiple contacts from pastors/others who have expressed an interest in going another step toward deeper relationships with us in this effort,” Goldman said.

He also said his primary contact in Japan had heard from 15 pastors who saw the article and wanted to be involved.

The 30-day prayer effort started June 25 and ends July 24, the date Japan was set to hold the opening ceremonies of the summer Olympics before the COVID-19 crisis forced leaders to move the games to 2021. The country is home to four Alabama Baptist families serving as missionaries.

“Ask any missionary anywhere, ‘What’s one thing we can do for you?’ Without fail, every one of them have said to me, ‘Pray for us.’ They know that without prayer, their ministry is going to struggle,” Goldman said in the June 25 TAB article.

It’s special for them to know they’ve got people all across their home state lifting them up, he said.

The country they call home is one of the most unreached nations in the world, with less than 1% of Japan’s population of 126 million professing faith in Jesus Christ.

Get involved

It’s not too late to get involved. If you’re interested in getting daily prayer prompts from now until July 24, text “JP2020” to 94090. Or for more information, visit a18c.org/30-days-of-prayer-for-japan, or email sgoldman@alsbom.org. (TAB)