[Prayer] Forgive Japan as God forgives us “As far as East is from the West.”
August 15th is the National Liberation Day of Korea. As Korea was under Japanese Colonial rule from 1910 to 1945, any Korean dissent was ruthlessly crushed. During the wartime mobilization of 1937-45, Koreans were forced to work in Japanese factories and were sent as soldiers to the front. Tens of thousands of young Korean women were drafted as “Comfort Women” – in effect, sexual slaves – for Japanese soldiers. In 1939, Koreans were even pressured by the colonial authorities to change their names to Japanese names, and more than 80 percent of Koreans complied with the name-change ordinance.
Specifically speaking, God is asking CMI to gather His people to offer prayer of reconciliation in remembering August 15th. Koreans still have much hatred towards Japanese for their wrong doings during the Japanese Colonial rule. Most of the older generation Koreans still consider Japan as an enemy. And God is telling us to forgive Japan as He forgives us to the extent of “As far as East is from the West.” We claim God’s promises from Psalm 103 in praying to God in verse 3, “who forgives all our sins” and from verse 12, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”, so to that extent as God has forgiven us we are to forgive.
We are inviting people especially Koreans to pray for forgiveness and for God to give Koreans a heart to forgive Japan to the extent God has forgiven the Koreans. Peter Lee will be speaking on “Forgive Japan!” The prayer meeting will be held at Evangelia University 2nd Floor main chapel at 7pm on July 31st, Monday. 2660 W. Woodland Dr. Anaheim, CA 92801. Although this prayer meeting will be conducted in Korean, translations can be provided as more English people respond. Please R.S.V.P. email@example.com if you will like to join our prayer meeting and if you need translation from Korean to English.