The schedule for the Golden Week holidays has been updated. During the holidays, at certain regions, staff will take days off and activities will not be conducted. However, at other regions, they are expecting many volunteer workers to come and engage in volunteer activities, such as delivery of “potatoes” and opening of Café at Miyako/Taro district and Noda village. The “Ippo Ippo (step by step) Yamada” in Yamada-machi is surely getting ready for full-scale operations. Moreover, at Taro and Ofunato, lands for new base have been provided and they are planning to construct prefabricated base facilities.
The activity schedule for April 17 and following days has been updated. In Ofunato, a “beauty café” will be set up, and in Miyako/Taro district, a concert organized by the Tokyo Union Church will be held this coming weekend. Base facility set-up works are being performed in Yamada and Ofunato respectively. Pastor Iwatsuka of the Miyako Community Church was injured (fifth metacarpal bone of the right leg) while he was unloading relief supplies and needs to rest. Please pray for his quickest recovery.
The Ofunato base set-up work is being performed this week. A person who we became acquainted with through relief activities offered for our organization to use a one-story house and its adjacent farm field as the Ofunato base. The house was tsunami-flooded with water over one meter high, but survived. Aiming to start using the house next week, workers are tearing up the floorboards, shoveling the mud out of the house, and then, putting down new floorboards and putting in insulating material. The photos are of those activities and Hittsumi-jiru (a hearty soup of root vegetables, meat and chewy, hand-shaped noodles in a clear broth) provided for the workers. In […]
Features of the schedule April 9 (Monday) include: 1) the start of Iwaizumi/Noda work lead by missionary Dawn Birkner; 2) the steady and gradual progress of Kamaishi/Otsuchi work lead by the pastors, Mr. and Mrs. Takahashi (finding a new residence (base) for them is an urgent need); 3) the concrete base construction for “Ippo Ippo (step by step) Yamada,” a new base for Yamada work, has been completed, and a “super house” unit house will be brought in early next week; and 4) A new Ofunato base facility has been provided (available period is until June). The repair and set-up work will be carried out this week.
The 3.11 Iwate Church Network is now looking for volunteers who can provide carpentry work in Ofunato or Rikuzentakata area. The main activities include building and installing storage cabinets and shelves. The work is scheduled to continue for one week to one month. We welcome any volunteer who wishes to serve for a couple of days or longer. Transportation and other expenses may be provided; please consult us. Your continued support and prayers for people of Iwate coast areas are appreciated.