Japan remains one of hardest places on the planet to do mission work. Only the Lord knows the number of those who belong to him, but it is estimated that only one percent of the people of Japan are Christian. To shine the light of the gospel in this dark land, the Lutheran Evangelical Confessional Church has about 400 members in six congregations. Those congregations are all in the Kanto Plain, near Tokyo. Those congregations are being served by four national pastors. Besides local outreach activities at the churches and the friendship evangelism of the its members, the Lutheran Evangelical Confessional Church also seeks to proclaim the name of Jesus through the internet. It rejoices in the fellowship it shares with WELS, Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), and the other sister synods and joins them in confessing, “We look for the resurrection of the dead and life of the world to come.”

Mission updates

The core members of the Lutheran Evangelical Confessional Church love the Lord and his Word and are eager to be faithful witnesses. Many young Christians from WELS sister church in Tokyo attend WELS schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Mission statistics

Baptized members: 366
Congregations: 6
Preaching stations: 2
National pastors: 4

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Praying for Japan

Please pray for the people of Japan who were devastated by a tsunami and earthquake, and are still searching for loved ones; and that we help those in Japan during their time of need—both with aid for physical needs and by sharing the unconditional love that you have for all people.


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