We express our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected by the Hokkaido East Iburi earthquake that happened on 6th Sep 2018. We pray those who remain missing will be found as soon as possible, and that critical infrastructure such as electric power, gas and water supply will be reinstated quickly in those areas where service remains down. We pray for the protection of those who are involved in the recovery effort, from the negative effects of aftershocks and rain. Hocmin (Hokkaido Christian Mission Network) has provided information on churches affected by this earthquake at the link below. (available in Japanese language only) https://sites.google.com/site/godsavesjapan/
It’ll be 7 years.
That disaster inflicted much sadness and pain. But, it also made us aware of many things, and gave us an opportunity to notice the bonds that we have with one another and an opportunity to serve.
This year’s Memorial service will take place on 11 March (Sun). For those of us who have been called to serve alongside the disaster-stricken communities in Iwate, let us come together and be quiet before our Lord who sent us forth, pray together. And, we can once again go forth from here.
We will also hold a time of remembrance for Ps Gert Strauss who passed away suddenly towards the end of last year.
Missionary Gerd Strauss was called to be with our Lord on Saturday night December 9th. Gerd had been serving as a long time missionary to Japan with Liebenzeller Mission, and had been working together with the 3.11 Iwate Church Network as our collaborating missionary based in Ichinoseki, covering also Kessenuma and Rikuzentakata areas, providing support and outreach mainly at these locations. We are at a loss for words at his very sudden passing. Please pray along with us for his wife and missionary Heike and their three children. His body was transported to Tokyo within 10th Dec (Sun). The funeral service will be held at Okutama Fukuin no Ie on […]
Yoshiya Kondo, Masaki Sasaki and Kohei Koyama travelled to Johor Bahru, Malaysia to take part in the EP Co-Workers Retreat during 4th to 6th Sep, at the invitation of the English Presbytery (“EP”) of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore.
The EP organized EP Japan Mission, or EPJM in short, to meet ministry needs post-disaster. This group has been our steady partner. They not only give over the course of an entire year, but asend teams almost every month. They also hold monthly prayer meetings in Singapore to remember the needs in Tohoku. At the retreat, we were given the opportunity to speak through two work shops about Iwate, both before and after the disaster, and also provide an update on the continuing ministry. We also had the chance to share about missions in Japan or about Iwate in general over meals and at fellowship times.
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.