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A million hours of prayer for Japanese Olympics 

To mark the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Friday July 23, Japan1Million’s first Global Prayer Gathering will virtually unite Christians from around the world to open the games with prayer.

After a year of postponement, Japan will finally step into the spotlight in what is always a significant display of global unity: the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, 90 minutes before the ceremony begins another global display of unity will take place.
 
To mark the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Friday July 23, Japan1Million’s first Global Prayer Gathering will virtually unite Christians from around the world to open the games with prayer.
 
After a year of postponement, Japan will finally step into the spotlight in what is always a significant display of global unity: the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, 90 minutes before the ceremony begins another global display of unity will take place.
 
“While the opening ceremony marks the beginning of sporting glory, we want to open the Olympics in prayer and give all glory to God,” said Akira Mori, a Japanese Pastor.
 
Japan1Million is a growing global prayer community seeking to pray one million hours of prayer for Japan during the 30 days of the Olympics and Paralympics. The community is open to Christians from around the world who can join by registering through the website for daily prayer updates and access to Global Prayer Gatherings.
 
“When things were difficult, the early Church would move into a season of prayer. We believe this is what God is saying to the Church in Japan. We can’t do the mission we had planned, but we can pray,” said Pastor Keishi the leader of Japan international Sports Partnership.
 
“Our medal is not sporting achievement, rather it is to see the glory and power of God manifested through the unity of His Church,” says a prayer partner in Brazil who is rallying Christians to join in sport and prayer for Japan.
 
Friday’s Global Prayer Gathering will commence at 6:30pm (JST) and finish 15-minutes before the Opening Ceremony begins. Register here.
  
“It’s time to see the spiritual darkness broken up and to see a mighty move of the Holy Spirit. I am so happy to be a part of this,” says Leo Kaylor, a missionary who served in Japan for 68 years. 
 
“We are praying for the unity of the Church and the softening of Japanese hearts,” says Pastor Keishi.
 
“Do we believe that prayer is the most strategic and effective thing we can do?” he asks. “I believe God will surprise everyone in the world by what He will do in Japan.”

OMF International has people working in Japan and they are aiming to reach people with the Gospel during the Olympics, says OMF East Anglia rep, Tim Jenkins. "Japan remains the least reached large nation on earth and one of the few where the church is shrinking. Please pray for Japanese to accept Christ."

Tim can send you a free 31 days of prayer for Japan booklet if you email him at Tim.Jenkins@omfmail.com, or download one straight away on this link.

Keith Morris, 22/07/2021

Keith Morris

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