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 …
Six full years are about to pass from the Great East Japan Disaster. As per the details below, The 3.11 Iwate Church Network will hold its 6th “3.11 Memorial”. If you are near by, do come and join us. Please also remember to pray along with us. Thank you.
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.
We want to thank all of you who continue to pray for the ministry of The 3.11 Iwate Church Network. This morning, at 5:59 a.m., there was an earthquake with its epicenter off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. Those of us in Iwate also felt the ground shake. With this, tsunami warnings were issued across the entire coastline (and in fact, tsunamis were observed). Trains stopped operating. So far, we have not received any information about any of our staff or cooperating churches, organizations having been negatively affected. All tsunami warnings issued have been lifted in the afternoon.
Apologies for the lack of updates during May (and for the lack of translation updates for the past two months!). But, our ministry has kept pressing on across all our locations. The work to move the community plaza structure in Yamada operated by “Ippo Ippo Iwate” is running late by around two weeks. As a result, re-opening is likely to be delayed into July. Please continue to pray for this work and that all the necessary documentation will be completed in a timely manner as well. Please also continue to pray that Ippo Ippo Iwate will be able to follow up on those who were visitors to the community plaza …
We apologize for the lack of updates in February so far. This post will be about the 3.11 Memorial that is coming next month. 5 years are about to pass since the Great East Japan Disaster was triggered by the powerful earthquake on March 3, 2011. We would like to encourage you to pray to our Lord for His help and comfort upon the communities of the disaster zone that are still in the midst of their road to recovery. We would also like to encourage you to pray for the churches of the disaster zone, and even as we reflect upon our path of having drawn up alongside those who suffered, let us pray for direction in our days ahead.
o, we’re in the last week of Jan. Thank you for upholding our work in our various locations across the tsunami zone and our staff in your prayers this past week. We held a Core Members’ Meeting on the 27th and discussed the coming 3.11 Memorial (the 5th anniversary from that terrible disaster) and various matters beyond April this year. Please continue to pray and support us. We will continue to line up alongside the people and the communities of the disaster zone, and to continue to help build up and plant churches. We hope to inform you about each of these things in due course.