Although “The 3.11 Iwate Church Network” got going right after the Great East Japan Disaster, we only held our first face-to-face meeting with all the staff involved on 21 Jan 2012….10 months had already passed by that time since the Network was set up.
Happy belated new year.
We look forward to staying in touch with you this year and covet your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the protection of the health and ministry of our staff, the collaborating pastors and missionaries, and the many different organizations that we work together with,
From our side too here in Iwate, to all of you who continue to support us, we pray our Lord will bless you and keep you.
On Jan 13th (Fri), there was a special program aired on Iwate TV that focused on Catherine Porter who ministers largely in the Miyako are as a missionary working together with us. Unfortunately, the program was only available for viewing within Iwate.
As 2016 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers and for your support extended to us over the past year.
Five years and nine months have past since the disaster happened. The lives of the people in the disaster-stricken communities continue to evolve in big ways. The way we work across our locations is also changing, as we attempt to adjust to these developments.
The Kitasanriku area, which includes townships such as Iwaizumi, was badly affected by typhoon Lionrock that made landfall in Iwate prefecture this past August. Ps Dawn Birkner, one of our cooperating pastors and missionaries, continues the work she started immediately following this.
We want to thank all of you who continue to pray for the ministry of The 3.11 Iwate Church Network. This morning, at 5:59 a.m., there was an earthquake with its epicenter off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. Those of us in Iwate also felt the ground shake. With this, tsunami warnings were issued across the entire coastline (and in fact, tsunamis were observed). Trains stopped operating. So far, we have not received any information about any of our staff or cooperating churches, organizations having been negatively affected. All tsunami warnings issued have been lifted in the afternoon.