Far East

Main Area—Tohoku
• Please read the BIMI World article, "The Call for Laborers, The Urgent Need in Northern Japan"
• Written in January 2011 after 15 years of ministry in Aomori City
• Produced in February 2011 only days before the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011

Quick Facts
• Target area – northern Honshu
     • The area extending from just north of the Tokyo area all the way to the northern tip of the main island
     • Area name – Tohoku
         • Pronunciation is actually 4 syllables – To-o-ho-ku
         • The name is made up of two characters, 東北
• 東 (toh) or higashi, means east
• 北 (hoku) or kita, means north
         • Meaning – northeast
• Independent Baptist churches
     • Aomori prefecture – 2
     • Akita prefecture – 0
     • Iwate prefecture – 0
     • Yamagata prefecture – 0
     • Miyagi prefecture – 1 church, no pastor
     • Fukushima prefecture – 8 churches, 6 national pastors
• Each prefecture has approximately 1.5 million people
• Capital cities of each prefecture & independent Baptist churches
     • Aomori, 302,000 – 1 church, no pastor
     • Akita, 325,800 – 0
     • Morioka, 298,000 – 0
     • Sendai,1,033,500 – 0
     • Yamagata, 254,000 – 0
     • Fukushima, 290,000 – not known
• Compiled from 3 independent Baptist missionaries who worked in the area for many years: David Harris (BIMI, 15 years in Aomori); Mike Burgett (BBF); Rick Enterline (BMM)

Other Opportunities
• Japan –
     • Tokyo, one of the world's most populated cities – 1 independent Baptist church within the city limits – population, 9 million
     • Tokyo metro area – 2 BIMI missionaries to the nationals & 2 BIMI missionaries to the U.S. military
• Countries/areas with no BIMI missionaries
     • South Korea
     • Marshal Islands in the South Pacific – 68,000
     • Caroline Islands (south of Guam) – Federated States of Micronesia – 111,000
• Countries/areas with few BIMI missionaries
     • China – 1.3 billion – 2 families; 1 single
     • Hawaiian Islands – 1.37 million – 1 family
     • Hong Kong – 7 million – 1 family
     • Northern Mariana Islands near Guam – 86,000
         • Tianian – 1 family
         • Saipan – 1 family
     • Taiwan – 23 million – 1 family

Prayer Needs
     • Pray for the opening of closed countries
         • China
         • North Korea
     • Pray for laborers
         • the urgent need of 10 families for Japan
         • our goal of 50 missionaries for the Far East


Far East Director

David & Jenny Harris

Read more about the Harris family.
Cell: 770-656-4917
He can be contacted through the BIMI office (423) 344-5050 ex. 2402.

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