Pray for JCL Network Partner Grace Koshino, who is serving at a Japanese church in Dusseldorf, Germany. Please pray for the Oasis fellowship group for 30s-40s which started in March. So far they have had good attendance, but they are eager for the group to be used as a means of outreach to non-Christians as well. Please also pray for Pastor Gerhard Fuhrmann who started serving the church in January. Pray that he and his family will settle in well as they get used to this new environment, and pray that they will be used to help build up the church. (Taken from the JCL Newsletter Spring-Summer 2014)
There is a Japanese community in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2008 the Consulate-General of Japan in Düsseldorf (German: Japanisches Generalkonsulat Düsseldorf, Japanese: 在デュッセルドルフ日本国総領事館) stated that about 11,000 Japanese, including both permanent and temporary residents, live in Düsseldorf. Since the 1950s Düsseldorf has hosted over 500 Japanese companies.
In 1985 the general manager of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Düsseldorf, Akira Arikawa, stated that of all of the cities in the world outside of Japan, Düsseldorf had the highest concentration of Japanese residents. (Taken from Wikipedia–“Japanese community of Dusseldorf”)