Although “The 3.11 Iwate Church Network” got going right after the Great East Japan Disaster, we only held our first face-to-face meeting with all the staff involved on 21 Jan 2012….10 months had already passed by that time since the Network was set up. Other than the core members of our Network, the staff and volunteers pictured in this photo came to Iwate and did their precious ministry work, then have moved on to their respective places of ministry to which they have been called or have returned to where they came from. Yet, our Lord continues to send worker after worker to the disaster zone in Iwate. This can only be by the blessings and the workings of an almighty God. We are in awe and are simply grateful.
The commuinities that were hurt by the disaster are still in the midst of getting back on to their two feet. Change brings different situations to the people here, and we see that there are ups and downs that come along with it, but they keep pressing on. And, so do we. We covet your prayers for the Network staff, cooperating organizations, missionaries and volunteers who walk alongside the people of the region as their Godly neighbors.
Although “The 3.11 Iwate Church Network” got going right after the Great East Japan Disaster, we only held our first face-to-face meeting with all the staff involved on 21 Jan 2012….10 months had already passed by that time since the Network was set up.
Happy belated new year. We look forward to staying in touch with you this year and covet your prayers. Please continue to pray for the protection of the health and ministry of our staff, the collaborating pastors and missionaries, and the many different organizations that we work together with, From our side too here in Iwate, to all of you who continue to support us, we pray our Lord will bless you and keep you. On Jan 13th (Fri), there was a special program aired on Iwate TV that focused on Catherine Porter who ministers largely in the Miyako are as a missionary working together with us. Unfortunately, the program was only available for viewing within Iwate.
As 2016 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers and for your support extended to us over the past year. Five years and nine months have past since the disaster happened. The lives of the people in the disaster-stricken communities continue to evolve in big ways. The way we work across our locations is also changing, as we attempt to adjust to these developments. The Kitasanriku area, which includes townships such as Iwaizumi, was badly affected by typhoon Lionrock that made landfall in Iwate prefecture this past August. Ps Dawn Birkner, one of our cooperating pastors and missionaries, continues the work she started immediately following this.