I am seeking to learn about what recovery and other Christian activities since 3/11 are occuring in the coastal areas North of Taro to the Aomori border. Any information or contacts would be appreciated. I also would appreciate any information on current needs of people in that area.
On July 26 and 27, a third Onsen project was held at Senganishi Onsen (spa) Azumakan Inn. I sensed the atmosphere was apparently different from the last time. It has been four months and people’s lives have started to settle down as they move into temporary housing. This may be one of the reasons for their happier, less stressed faces.
On July 26, Tsuchiura Megumi Church delivered 200 picture books and recommended books along with bookshelves to Taro Day-care Center and afterschool care centers in Taro, Sokei and Tsugaruishi. In addition, Koigakubo Christ Church and Kohitsuji Kindergarten delivered 50 sets of clay, clay cases and spatulas to Taro Day-care Center. Accompanied librarians read and told stories to children. Children quickly and happily picked up books. An instructor of afterschool care center thanked us saying “I am grateful that you remember the needs of small children here.” We would like to thank the staff of each facility for their hospitality.
July 25 – 29 (Mon. – Fri.) — Visit to In-house Evacuation Area, Play-with-Children Group, Flooded House Clean-up, Etc.
The following relief activities will be held this week. ・Visits to in-house evacuation and temporary housing areas. A temporary cafe will be set up at each location. ・Distribution of somen (thin wheat noodles) and other support materials sent from a variety of locations, and purchased fruits, etc. ・“Let’s play using English!” program at an afterschool care center (shaved ice will be served.) ・Clean up of flooded houses ・Support work in the Shinsei Kamaishi Church and its surrounding community ・Bookshelves and books delivery project. Bookshelves and books will be delivered to afterschool care centers and day-care centers in Miyako and Kamaishi Cities (Tsuchiura Megumi Christ […]
In the morning, the team members will play with children at the afterschool care facility near Miyako Elementary School. Later on, they will separate and put into plastic bags vegetables, which will be brought in by the Misawa church (Aomori). Then, the teams will move to an in-house evacuation area of the Taro-district to distribute the bags, along with somen (thin-wheat noodles), mosquito coils and other support materials sent from different locations. Participating organizations: Akita Calvary House of Prayer Church, Kanto district KGK graduates team, OMF, Miyako Community Church, IBF and Morioka Conservative Baptist Church
This week’s support activities were conducted in collaboration with Maebashi Christ Church (Fukuin Dendo Kyodan) team (photo) and Hocmin (Hokkaido) team. Vegetables and other items brought Gunma Prefecture as well as refrigerators and drink show cases were delivered by the teams to people and stores who needed them.
Relief activities as shown in the photos were conducted. Laughter of people in the community and smiles on the children’s faces make us feel happy. We would like to thank each of those people who have served, sent support materials and prayed for our relief activities.
A third onsen (spa) project will be held on July 26 (Tue) and 27 (Wed). People from the earthquake-affected Yamada-cho are invited again for a stay at an onsen ryokan inn, to enjoy onsen bathing, delicious dishes and a good night’s rest. The next day, after a refreshing sleep, we will take them to Kitakami downtown for a shopping, and then to their current residence. Listening volunteers will be with them throughout the program. Number of planned participants: About 20 volunteers, including listening volunteers Organized by: Kitakami Bible Baptist Church