Why are we here? Simply, Japan is the 2nd largest unreached people group in the world. (JoshuaProject.net)
I wonder how Japan compares in terms of suicides to European countries? Unlike Europe, which is often outright hostile to Christianity, Japan seems merely indifferent. But it does seem like there's a lot of potential to witness to the people of Japan who are hurting and considering suicide that hasn't (as far as I know) been realized.
Lithuania seems to be the highest in the world. I was there on a short-term mission trip in 1998. They were not hostile to Christianity, although the vast majority were obviously atheists. At that time they seemed somewhat open, although hesitant to talk - probably in a carry-over fear of the KGB. It seems also that colder countries (physically darker countries), tend to have higher suicide rates. Japan is a clear exception to that rule!
How about a "Chritian" country like America that has the most violence in the industrialized world?
Mr. B,I'm glad you brought this up. America, as you know, is definitely not a "Christian" country. I notice a lot more brashness, disrespect and violence in America also. I wonder if it is because Americans have had to more violently reject God from their thoughts in order to get by. (There are a lot more Christians in America than in Japan.) What do you think?
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