- Five years from our first face-to-face meeting Jan 21, 2017
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.
- Happy New Year Jan 12, 2017
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.
- Thank you IMPACT team! Jul 02, 2016
The IMPACT team from Germany has completed their ten month time with us and will be leaving Iwate to make their way home to Germany.
This was the third IMPACT team to come. The four of them took up residence at our Ichinoseki Base located in Ichinoseki, Senmaya. From there, they covered a wide area, reaching out to Kesennuma, Ichinoseki and Rikuzentakata, all while also receiving trained in their own faith and walk in life. The four chose to spend a precious period of their life just before advancing to university education in Tohoku. They may have struggled on the language front, but they witnessed to the love of God through their presence.
June 26th was the last Sunday they were with us. Some survivors also participated in the worship service at Kesennuma Bible Baptist Church so they could say their goodbyes to the four.
Through the past year, they have each prayed and contemplated upon their way forward, and each has received an indication of their next phase in life. Please pray for blessings upon each one of them.
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- 2nd week of Jan Jan 13, 2016
Although it’s been an unusually warm winter so far, we’re getting some serious winter weather back for a change. All of us are now back to ministry, and our activities are beginning to pick up again. This week, one of our members, Ps Wakai, provided an update on Iwate’s situation at a unified non-denominational prayer meeting held in Tokyo at Yodobashi Church on Jan 11th, to pray for the reconstruction in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Disaster.
- Wishing you a happy new year Jan 06, 2016
Happy new year to all our website followers.
We look forward to continuing our ministry in the disaster-stricken coast of Iwate together with you in 2016. Please continue to pray for and to support this ministry.
The fifth anniversary since the disaster struck will come around this year. In many more ways than one, the year will likely be referred to as a “milestone reached”. However, individuals continue to struggle with a variety of situations of their own and the communities each have their own hurdles to overcome. Do pray that a recovery process fit for each will be granted. And, please pray for us, that we may continue to draw up along side people and communities in a suitable manner.
Ongoing Prayer Needs
- Please pray for comfort and encouragement upon those stricken by the disaster. Please pray for the rebuilding of lives and the regeneration of households.
- Please pray for the regeneration of communities torn apart by the disaster.
- We are entering a phase in which the people are moving out of temporary housing and into permanent recovery housing. Please pray those relationships we have been able to build to date will continue and will grow.
- Please pray churches and Christians in the disaster stricken places will be encouraged and strengthened, and that they will be vessels of the love and blessings of Jesus Christ to the people here.
- Please pray the health and spirituality of our on-site staff involved in extending support to the survivors will be upheld.
- Please pray for Christians involved in activities in areas where there are no churches.
- Please pray for continued blessings of manpower and financial support. Please pray more workers will be raised up to serve in Iwate.