Japan Quake Rpt: Osborne Apr 27 ’11

East Japan Disaster Relief – April 27, 2011

Ishinomaki, Sendai, Mito, Tokyo Map
Ishinomaki, Sendai, Mito, Tokyo Map

This month has been incredibly busy for those within Japan and also for those outside of Japan lending support in various ways to meet the challenge of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant disaster.  Through several meetings and lots of prayer, a committee has been formed and shape/focus to our work is coming together.  We’ll work alongside the Be One house church network that have worked tirelessly for several weeks.  A truck has been purchased for taking supplies, and we send our first (of many!) teams from the Mito Church to serve from April 29-May 7 in the town of Ishinomaki.  Last Sunday, we had an orientation time, and we’ve been collecting supplies at the church building that will be packed into vehicles tomorrow.  We leave early Friday morning.

A blog has been set up online to share with others what we are doing and how funds are being used, and including ongoing needs as we discover them.  As you have a chance, I encourage you to look at the blog at least once a week to keep up to date and to guide your prayers for this effort.  The blog is East Japan Relief.   If you cannot access the internet, perhaps you could ask someone savvy in that area to print off the latest update for you.

Please pray us: there is still some risk, and even as we take precautions, we never know if another earthquake or tsunami could happen.  While this is sobering, we trust that God is guiding us and protecting us and we value your prayers.  Please pray for group members specifically by name: Gaku, Emiko, Hiroaki, Keiko, Toshiyuki, Akiko, Koichi, Sasha, Joel, Kendon, Brett, Allen, and Bradley.