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Like you, we’re deeply concerned for the Japanese. Campus Crusade for Christ has had a ministry presence there for many years with some results. You may be interested to know, however, that 80% of major crises (including earthquakes, wars and famines) in the last twenty years have taken place in the 10/40 window region. Also, 40% of church-planting breakthroughs among Muslim people groups followed some kind of natural disaster. These statistics don’t apply to Japan, but they do show that disasters can cause a hunger for God in people.
All of our staff are okay and are thinking of ways to mobilize their Christian students to help bring both relief and the Gospel to their people. Already, the Jesus Film Project is raising funds to send 50,000 DVDs of the film to Japan immediately. They are also offering Jesus films in Japanese for $5 through the end of the month if you know of anyone from Japan to give them to.
GAiN, Campus Crusade for Christ’s humanitarian ministry will be in Japan and is taking donations if you are looking for other ways to help besides the Jesus film. Of course, other groups are as well, such as Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision.
Please pray for God to move in the hearts of the Japanese people. God can move spiritual mountains which may be a barrier to His Good News. He is moving in the hearts of the Japanese. (Read Sus’ post on how God literally moved the physical mountains of Japan’s Honshu island.)
• Our ministry in Europe started praying for the 40 European countries during the 40 days of Lent. It’s not too late to sign up for a daily prayer request for each country. Read more on PrayEurope.com or go directly to the sign-up for an email reminder.
• Our ministry leaders are calling for a 40-day prayer focus, March 17 to April 25, to seek God’s face. They have been asking God where He wants to take us as a movement. Instead of petitioning Him about “that question” our leadership has invited us and the friends of the ministry (you) to join us in simply focusing on God for forty days. You can learn more here and get started with a new devotional each morning on the 17th here. If you would like to use Facebook, a friend of ours, Janey, will have daily devotionals on 40 Days of Worship.
All 150 families of Campus Crusade staff are safe and accounted for in Egypt. Campus Crusade for Christ’s main website has a web page where we will keep friends of the ministry up-to-date with our ministry there.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Christians are reaching out to those around them. Our staff in Egypt have noticed an incredible openness among the people. As staff members stand side by side with their neighbors to protect their communities, conversations are happening and many are having discussions about faith they would never have had before.”
Read more and check back often for updates.
NOTE: The photo of Egyptian Christians protecting Muslims while they pray comes from imgur.com