Metro Area: Fukuoka-Kitakyushu, 5.5 million
Fukuoka City (Fukuoka) is the fastest-growing city in Japan outside Tokyo. One of the most livable cities in the world, Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu, just 125 miles from mainland Asia. The city is also the most entrepreneurial in Japan—its startup accelerator Fukuoka Growth Next is the largest in the country, and as a National Strategic Special Zone, the city has implemented regulatory reforms to further boost creative new businesses. Thanks to this relaxed atmosphere and its large number of university students, Fukuoka’s population is among the youngest in Japan.
The people of Fukuoka are known for their strong personalities and extreme pride in their city, born out of centuries of exchange between its island of Kyushu and China, Korea, and the main island of Japan. It was Kyushu where Christians first came in contact with the Japanese in the 16th century, and it was Kyushu where the faith was most warmly received. But after a period of severe persecution, knowledge of the gospel was effectively eliminated from the area, the situation in which Fukuoka finds itself today. Mustard Seed Network seeks to plant a church in the city so the millions in Fukuoka may give their enduring loyalty to the humble king, the Lord Jesus, to the glory of God.
Mustard Seed Network has a goal of planting 12 churches in 12 major Japanese cities by 2025. Fukuoka is one of those 12 cities. Donate below or learn more about our 12 Churches in 12 Cities campaign.