There will be a market held at the square in front of Kyoto City Hall tomorrow, December 30, to support those affected by the earthquake. A Kyoto-based NPO that specializes in organic vegetables has organized the event to help the recovery of Tohoku by holding a vegetable market and a flea market. The 3.11 Iwate Church Network has been serving as a liaison between Iwate and Kyoto and also sent its staff to the site. Market participants from Iwate are: JA Miyako, Kimura Shoten and Heart Knit Project. If you are in Kansai area, please visit the market. In addition, the 3.11 Iwate Church Network long-term staff, K-kun will appear […]
On December 28 at the Ikawa Elementary School Rokuroishi Temporary Housing Complex, Ofunato City, we held a rice cake pounding event in response to the request of the people in the community. The first round of the event began at 11 am, one hour earlier than originally planned. Participants (some rolled up sleeves) cheerfully worked together playing different roles from pounding and turning the rice in an usu (oversized wooden mortar), separating rice cake into small pieces, to putting seasoning on them. The provision of sticky rice and the preparation of other materials were made all by Morioka rice farmers, which made the taste pretty authentic. Every participant happily enjoyed […]
On December 22, the Ofunato Citizen’s Christmas was held at the multi-purpose space of Rias Hall after an interval of 10 years. In response to the request from the people in the local community, the 3.11 Iwate Church Network hosted the event. About 120 people from the community gathered to celebrate a special Christmas. The program included: singing praise, concert, hula dance, message, catering, and the giving away of gifts. A guest commented “nobody tried to gather people, instead, they gathered by their own will.” I pray they will stay in touch with true love. Thank you for your prayer and support.
Christmas singing and wreath making activities were held over three days from December 16 through 18 at six temporary housing complexes in Otsuchi. Reservation taking was handled by Otsuchi local volunteers and preserved flowers and other wreath materials were kindly prepared by Hibiyakadan flower shop (Morioka). On this first time visit to Otsuchi temporary housing complexes, we, people from inland and coastal areas, Taiwan, the U.S. and Australia could celebrate a true Christmas together crossing the barriers of distance and race. Participated organizations: Vineyard Christian Fellowship Tokorozawa, CRASH Japan, Morioka Chapel, Kitakami Bible Baptist Church and Morioka Conservative Baptist Church
Date and Time: December 22, Friday, 18:30－20:30 (doors open at 18:00) Venue: Multi-purpose Space, Rias Hall Inquiry: The 3.11 Iwate Church Network Telephone: 080-7028-5635 Admission: Free Program: • Christmas dinner • Gospel concert Performers: Ai Nagata & Jordan Brighthop “Light Will Shine,” “Joy to the World,” “O Come All ye Faithful,” “Noel,” three original songs, “Miagetegoran Yoru no Hoshi wo (Look up to the Night Stars)” and “Amazing Grace” • Hula Dance • Christmas Message • Candle Service • Hand Bell • Prayer • Christmas Present Handout
At the end of October, full-scale support activities started in Ofunato City. A team of three, namely Missionary Po (IBF, Taiwan), Fang Lin sensei (Taiwan) and Rachel-san (USA), has been serving in Ofunato as staff of the 3.11 Iwate Church Network. Each of them left her previous service site to come to Ofunato. After one month of feeling out period since the launch of the work, the team members have developed relationships with local residents of temporary housing units, elementary schools and nursery schools. A local newspaper covered a story on this team of women, who are capable of providing compassionate and detailed care for individuals. On this coming Saturday, there […]
On November 26, Saturday, members of the Kitakami Bible Baptist Church, together with an OMF team visited Yamada Minami Elementary School temporary housing units in Yamada-machi to provide a café service and deliver Christmas gifts (some went further out to Osawa District for delivery). Missionary Mike McGinty of OMF and others worked together to set up the café. The cafe facility became like a place for a reunion of past Onsen Project participants as some of those who live in these temporary housing units and others from different temporary housing complexes were called in and gathered together there. I was glad that the Onsen Project did not end as a […]