Japan Quake Rpt: Obata Apr 2 ’11

Here is a note from Shiro Obata, minister for the Haruna church of Christ, which accompanied his weekly church bulletin.  He helped with relief and recovery from the Kobe earthquake in 1995

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week the son of one of our members went into the disaster area.  He asked me if he could borrow my van which the missionary here uses.  He did not tell me where he was going.  Last evening he returned very late and I found out where he had gone.  Of all things he went to two places within the 10 kilometers (6 miles) radius of the nuclear plant.

There are those elderly who cannot get about and are shut into their homes.  They are completely shut off from support.  He saw three people he knew in this condition on television.  He loaded up needed materials to take to them.  He loaded kerosene, water, medicine which he could get from a drug store, sanitary items, food, candy, etc. into boxes.  There were 200 boxes he said.  This was the first shipment.

As he approached there was no one around.  Even at the barricades there were no people so he freely entered without any problem, found the houses, and visited with them.  I thought it was a bit reckless for him to go, but he took precautions as he went and came back.  He traveled 1800 kilometers (1125 miles) total.  He feared many things would adhere to the car so he intended to wash it before returning.  However, he returned late at night and there were no car washes open at the time.  Today he washed it thoroughly inside and out.

I pray that he does not have any health issues from this.  In time we will be making the same journey.

Shiro Obata, Haruna






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