View from Temporary Housing
City Center, Minamisanriku
We are grateful for the renewed
interest in and support of
Local communities and the government are struggling with decisions about the WHERE of rebuilding in the tsunami affected areas. Until a consensus can be reached, residents are in limbo.
that 1 year after the earthquake in
We are attempting to walk alongside him as he struggles to discover God’s answer and plan for each new phase. What does “help” look like? While people in temporary housing may be offered more material goods, the lack of space in each unit limits the amount of things they can actually store and use. What is the best way to deal with donated goods? Survivors are seeking answers to the problems they face but some pastors have been blocked from further visits to temporary housing locations when someone in authority feels threatened by “religious” activity. How can the good news of Christ be effectively and non-threateningly shared?
Of course, not everyone is excited about helping strangers. There is apathy and selfishness, too. However, we believe the witness of the many Christians who continue to give, to travel and serve and to listen to the stories of survivors has paved the way for a miraculous work of God in Tohoku. Our friends share with us stories of opportunities they have had to listen to and pray with survivors as they have volunteered. International visitors also have been coming to share their time, musical talents, building skills, and sweat.
praying. Pray for people like our pastor friend who struggles to find God’s
preferred action. Ask the God of the harvest to send workers and that the
harvest will be plentiful! Only God can turn a disaster around for His glory. We
are praying for the salvation of Japanese people and revival in
"The condition for a miracle is difficulty. For a great miracle is impossibility" Angus Buchan from “Faith Like Potatoes.”