Pray for Tokyo: Setagaya and Meguro


Setagaya (世田谷区)

Population 863,000
Size  22 sq mi.   2nd largest in 23 wards
Churches  73

Setagaya has the largest population of any ward in Tokyo. It used to have the lowest population but after World War 2,  the population increased dramatically. Due the the dramatic growth, the city is rather unorganized, making it easy to get lost. There is a saying, if you can drive well in Setagaya, then you will be a good taxi driver. With the constant growth comes constant rebuilding. They often tear down old buildings to build new ones. With the growth and rebuilding, it has become known as one of the richer areas of Tokyo and a target of crime making it 4th in criminal activity in Tokyo.  Another problem of their growth brings to light Japan’s overall population decline and what to do with the citizens of Setagaya when they become elderly.

Please pray that the growth of Setagaya would be marked by gospel growth. Pray that the gospel would transform the lives of the people in Setagaya and the Christians would form families that change the outlook of this ward for the good of the nation and for the glory of God.

Meguro ku

Population 268,000
Size 5.5 sq mi.  16th largest in 23 wards
Churches  19

Meguro is known as the city for ladies. Meguro is well-known for being a modern city with fancy amenities that attract celebrities, artists and women from all around. Many women in their 30 to 40s pursue careers, homes, and lifestyles that center around the culture of Meguro. So, there are many educated ladies living in Meguro, who are single or married, but have no kids and instead focus on their careers or interests. Thus, Meguro’s population is one of the fastest decreasing populations in Tokyo.

Pray that the gospel would be proclaimed and that the idols of people’s hearts would be revealed. Pray that the power of the gospel would take affect and change the hearts of the people of Meguro. Pray that a new legacy would begin in Meguro, one that reflects the glory of God.

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