Japan
In the winter, the Japanese city of Sapporo draws skiers from around the world to its perfect, powdery snow. When springtime arrives, it’s the pale pink cherry blossoms that have tourists flocking to the city. But this year, many of Sapporo’s Christians are hoping to attract a crowd for an entirely different reason. They want their fellow Japanese to have an encounter with the living God. “We want the to see God move in a way they’ve never seen before,” says the Rev. Chad Hammond, director of Asian affairs for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). At the invitation of a group of Japanese churches, the BGEA is holding a large-scale evangelistic event May 9-11 in Sapporo, the largest city on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. More