A Japan Alliance Christ Church team (members are from Tokyo, Shizuoka, etc.) just left for Miyako, after stopping by in Morioka. The team will join another team consisting of Baptist Church Association and Hocmin members. They will conduct clean-up of flooded houses in Yamada-machi, and set up cafes at two temporary housing locations.
Campus Crusade’s team was among the first comers to the earthquake-damaged site. The relief team started its activities for first time in Kesennuma in late March and has been continuing ever since. They conducted support activities from August 23 to 31, communing from lodging in Murone, near Kesennuma. Many of the current members were in the first team. While working on a clean up of clean up of damaged houses, they also revisited those they met in March to celebrate their reunion. They were welcomed everywhere they went. Some of them became familiar with Kesennuma local dialect. At their lodging place in Murone, they became friends with neighbors. It was […]
It’s been a while since the last update. During the three weeks from August 8 through 27, the support activities continued with volunteers (teams and individuals) gathered from different locations totaling 120 people serving everyday in a variety of activities, from running of café, relief item distribution, after-school center kids’ program and others at temporary housing complexes and in-house evacuation areas in Miyako, Yamada and Kamaishi. Main participated teams are as follows. Budounoki Christ Church (Tokyo), Gyoda Covenant Church (Saitama), IBF (Chiba), Evangelical Covenant Church/Sakawa Christ Church (Kanagawa), Third Base (Korea), Chapel Lamb (Osaka), Full Gospel Church (Tokyo/Morioka), Togura Christ Church (Nagano), Nagaoka Covenant Church, Taiwan Covenant Church (Taiwan), […]
A joint team of Shibuya Evangelical Church and Mizusawa Bible Baptist Church with seven members visited Rikuzentakata. This was the second visit to the temporary housing complex in front of Yonesaki Elementary School after the first one by the Japan Bible Seminary team in July. The team distributed somen (thin wheat noodles) rice and other items. The members also visited two women who we became acquainted with last time, and listened to their stories. The team later visited a Filipino woman living in Rikuzentakata, whom we learned about on the Internet, to give her a Japanese futon mattress, baby goods and others. Many Filipino women have come to Ofunato and […]
In the 3.11 Iwate Church Network, Christians gathered from different locations participate in various relief activities through churches. The following photos are of a café at temporary housing site, volunteer base facility being worked on, and afterschool childcare program. Cafes are set up at about 10 temporary housing locations in Miyako and Yamada. Those cafes have been helpful to deepen relationships with residents. Contributed support materials are placed next to each café so that café visitors can pick up their desired items. Bibles and introduction books to biblical faith are also available there. A volunteer base was established in Taro district. Full usage of the facility, which can house several […]