The Activity calendar has been updated. There will be two concerts on the weekend featuring a Gospel singer, Migiwa: one is “A Concert of Hope” at the Rias Hall, Ofunato, the other is a chapel concert is at the Miyako Community Church. The photo is taken from the Migiwa’s Website.
It has been the policy of the 3.11 Iwate Church Network not to have accounts for donations. The reasons for it were: 1) to allow supporting churches and organizations to select who to give their money to; and 2) for the Iwate Church Network to focus on our support activities. As time has passed, the way of providing support has changed. Now, an increasing number of churches and organizations wish to give their contributions and donations directly to the 3.11 Iwate Church Network. We therefore opened our own bank accounts. Until now, we have used our coordinator’s personal account as a dedicated account to receive contributions for our organization. The […]
This week from Tuesday through Saturday, the Miyako Team is serving people in Toyomane and Akamae, Miyako, Taro-district in-house evacuation areas, and Nodamura temporary housing complex, as well as children at after-school clubs. In the freezing cold weather of 5 degree below zero centigrade at night, our long-term staff and an American couple are working with other team members. The photos are of a sewing group session at a temporary housing center. The area is famous for its ika tokkuri (dried squid formed in the shape of tokkuri (Japanese sake bottle), and these colorful pieces of work have the shape of squid. The team also distributed bags of contributed rice […]
The Miyako Team conducted its support activies from 7th to 11th last week. Our long-term staff were joined by two workers from Hokkaido (second time), an Evangelical Covenant Church missionary, and teachers from the Wheaton College, USA. They performed a variety of activities including cafés in Miyako and Taro-district, visiting and distributing rice to in-house evacuees, inviting isolated evacuee families to dinner, and holding a dinner party at an in-house evacuation area. It has been eleven months since the earthquake and tsunami. We are thankful that our relief activities have been supported by many churches, organizations and individuals, which has allowed us to develop deep relationships with local communities.
A children’s after-school club In Miyako, for which the 3.11 Iwate Church Network has been providing support, has sent us a request for monocycles (either new or used). If there is anybody who can help, please reply. The goal is to have five to ten monocycles. Please contact us through this website, or directly call a coordinator or the secretariat.
Activities in Ofunato this week are being carried out by two groups: a group to visiting deemed temporary housing accommodations, and a concert group from Kyoto. The picture is of Hikaru Okuno, a guest singer from Kyoto singing at the temporary housing. The visitors attended the morning and afternoon sessions had a good time, talking, laughed and enjoying fellowship. A NHK News Crew from Kyoto also came to cover the event. It will be broadcast to encourage support for the effort. The event will be held again tomorrow to cheer up participants with songs. The visiting to the deemed temporary housing accommodations has been productive. We thank you for the […]
The Ofunato group engaged in a range of support activities from January 31 through February 2. The photos are of a nail café and of other activity at a temporary housing complex. Volunteers from Kesennuma Bible Baptist Church and the Ofunato group served in the coastal area together in the snowy weather. We thank everybody who welcomed and fellowshipped with the workers. Other activities conducted include: distribution of rice and other kitchen items to people at deemed temporary housing and small-size temporary housing facilities. Please keep praying and supporting our work.