PRAY FOR JAPAN: ‘Church Is in Crisis’ as Suicide Rates Continue to Soar

The summer Olympic games are underway in Tokyo, Japan however the celebration of sport is taking place under unprecedented circumstances due to COVID-19.

Very few spectators are allowed, some athletes have actually contracted COVID, while some have dropped out of the competition and others are in quarantine. In fact, the entire city of Tokyo is in a state of emergency due to rising COVID cases, with daily infections now at a six-month high.

All this has affected the many Christian ministries which see the Olympic games as a unique opportunity to preach the Gospel.

Forced to pivot from their usual focus on sending personal evangelism teams, many are now focusing on digital ministry. That includes a virtual prayer journey developed by Athletes in Action and the Jesus Film Project.