On March 11 (Sunday), the 3.11 Memorial Gathering was held at the Kitakami Bible Baptist Church (Japan Conservative Baptist Association). About 120 people from both inside and outside of Iwate Prefecture, as well as from abroad gathered. Regardless of whether being a disaster victim or supporter, every participant was silent and still, lifted up prayer and listened to the Word of God. The gathering started at 2:30 pm. After opening remarks by the host, singing and psalm reading, at 2:46 pm, the exact time the earthquake struck last year, we offered silent prayers for one minute. Among the attendees were a family who have evacuated to further inland after suffering […]
For those coming to the 3.11 Memorial Gathering by car, parking is available in the church lot and near the church (see map below). Please follow the instructions of parking attendants. When these parking spaces are fully occupied, an attendant will guide you to charged parking spaces (parking tickets will be provided). View Kitakami Bible Baptist Church on an enlarged map
Two concerts were held featuring a singer, Migiwa on March 3, Saturday and 4, Sunday at the Rias Hall, Ofunato, and at the Miyako Community Church respectively. To the Ofunato concert, we invited residents of “deemed temporary housing accommodation” who we became friends with through our support activities, as well as disabled workers and staff of a community workshop for persons with disabilities. The guests attentively and happily listened to Migiwa-san’s clear and powerful voice and her talk between songs. During the lunch time break, participants sat down together over the meal, which we prepared. There was also a time of present giving. All participants fully enjoyed the three-hour event, […]
Thanks to the help of caring people, we have deliver monocycles to the Tsugaruishi children’s after-school club (Miyako City) who requested them. Although the play room was freezing cold, children happily rode the monocycles. Children here, who experienced the earthquake disaster, have mixed feelings and memories about certain toys equipment. However, with loving and caring support by many people, they have received encouragement, and their wounds have been healed little by little.
The photos were taken while volunteers sent from Chiba IBF churches and the Japan Evangelical Alliance Mission team were conducting support activities in Ofunato and Takata. They are now visiting various facilities, temporary housing units, and deemed temporary housing accommodations, providing needed support. Some people were anxiously waiting for the volunteer teams to arrive. There were people who enjoyed talk with them, and who were comforted by the offered support. This month, it will be a year since the earthquake. We are looking and praying for a place in Ofunato that can serve as a base for the 3.11 Iwate Church Network activities. Your continued support and encouragement are greatly […]