Japan Quake Report – Obata Oct 30 ’11

Christian counselors helping with relief effort
Christian counselors helping with relief effort

[Editor: here is a rough translation of this report from Shiro Obara, minister for the Haruna church of Christ. October 30, 2011]



ご紹介しますと元ヨーク大学心理学部長、現ミッションズ・リソース・ネットワークのディレクター、ドッティー・シュルツ博士、元ヨーク大学 心理学教授、現コンチネンタル・オブ・グレイト・シフィーズ、ディレクター、ベッキー・ホールトン博士、アビリン・クリスチャン大学 臨床心理学教授 デービッド・マッカナルティー教授、パイオニアー・バイブル・トランスレーターズ、カウンセラー、ジェフ・ホランド博士の4名です。

昨日は水戸キリストの教会を会場に午前10時から、午後5時まで豊かな実のあるセミナーを開いてくださいました。約30名が学びましたが、さすが、学者たちですから、その前に十分、私たちを観察し多くもなく、少なくもなく、ぴったりとした内容でした。質疑応答の時間も30分を予定していましたが、1時間半にあたり熱意をこめて応えてくださいました。そのようなわけで、遅くなりました。はるなキリストの教会 小幡史朗

Good Morning. Today is the Lord’s Day (October 30, 2011). In Japan and throughout the world we offer our worship. Again this week as good servants of Jesus Christ, we pray to God that we may be of service.

This past March 11 the family of faith throughout the world remembered to pray for the East Japan earthquake disaster and in a concrete way offered their hand of help. A team of four specialists in Christian Counseling from the U.S. came to help the helpers from our church group. Last week they specifically came giving ample time to help those central to the work of helping in this disaster.

Let me introduce them: past chairperson for the York College psychology department and currently director of the Missions Resource Network – Dr. Dottie Schultz; past professor of psychology at York College and currently director for Continent of Great Cities – Dr. Becky Horton; Abilene Christian University professor of clinical psychology – Dr. David McAnulty; counselor for Pioneer Bible Translators – Dr. Jeff Holland.

Yesterday at the meeting place for the Mito church of Christ, these four had a very enriching seminar from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. About thirty gathered for the time of study. As one expected from these scholars, the content exactly fit the situation. The thirty minutes given for questions and answers turned into an hour and a half with enthusiastic response. For that reason we were late in dismissing.

Haruna church of Christ, Shiro Obata