Feedback on visit to disaster area in North-Eastern Japan from Tu. 29 March to Th. 31 March 2011.
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Feedback on visit to disaster area
in North-Eastern Japan from
Tu. 29 March to Th. 31 March 2011
Tobie de Wet and Stephan van der Watt (delegates of Mission Japan) were accompanied by Rev. Kei Kataoka (delegated by the RCJ* Shikoku Presbytery as well as Tokushima en Tokushima West congregations).
Rev. Taka Ashida (delegate of RCJ Synodal Commission for International Relations) acted as our escort.
*RCJ = Reformed Church in Japan
The main purpose of our visit was to:
1) Visit as many RCJ congregations in the region as possible
and to assure them personally
of our love, prayers and support;
2) Assess first-hand the actual situation and the needs of
the people in the disaster area;
3) Determine what the local congregations were doing
to help deal with the immediate needs of the
4) Hear what the long term plans of the Church at
grass-roots level are to help deal with the situation;
5) Provide feedback as soon as possible and to discern
in which way Mission Japan and the broader Church
in South Africa could support churches within the disaster
area to help relieve the need of surrounding communities.
A clock on the first floor of the hospital tells the story. It stopped 50 minutes after the earthquake...the point in time of the advent of the tsunami.
Interdenominational meeting - leaders of various Protestant and Roman-Catholic churches in Sendai region – planning next steps of coordinated relief aid
And in this disaster-stricken country there are at present
only about 1% Christians.
They are your brothers en sisters
who, with the millions
of people in Japan
need your support.
Please pray that from this misery and heartrending pain there will be countless
people who will know for the first time:
“Suffering produces perseverance,
Perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom He has given us.”