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Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

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


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

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

afflicted communities;

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.


On the way from tokushima to sendai about 1000km

On the way from Tokushima to Sendai (about 1000km)


Police officers in readiness on the way to disaster area

Police officers in readiness on the way to disaster area


Japanese defence force members set and ready with first aid

Japanese defence force members set and ready with first aid


Praying for guidance on the road ahead with japanese pastor friends

Praying for guidance on the road ahead with Japanese pastor-friends


Point of call 1 rcj shiroishi

Point of Call 1: RCJ Shiroishi


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

Aiba couple – part of a 6th generation Christians who initially helped establish churches in Tohoku Region


Earthquake damage in aiba couple s home

Earthquake damage in Aiba couple’s home


Front wall of rcj shiroishi church collapsed as result of the quake

Front wall of RCJ Shiroishi church collapsed as result of the quake


Point of call 2 rcj watari mission station

Point of Call 2 – RCJ Watari Mission Station


A colleague off loading emergency supplies

A colleague off-loading emergency supplies


Tobie with mr inomata rice bread baker and member of rcj watari

Tobie with Mr Inomata - (rice)bread-baker and member of RCJ Watari


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

The local nursery school utilized as part of the mission station (all are safe, including Rev. Hayashi, local pastor)


Point of call 3 yamashita railway station

Point of Call 3: Yamashita Railway Station


Destruction exposed at yamashita station close by rcj watari

Destruction exposed at Yamashita Station (close by RCJ Watari)


The last memory of a grandmother and her grandchild

The last memory of a grandmotherand her grandchild...


The vehicle in which their bodies had been discovered

The vehicle in which their bodies had been discovered


Cars had been swept along like pieces of toys

Cars had been swept along like pieces of toys


One neighbourhood after the other lies destitute devoid of children s voices

One neighbourhood after the other lies destitute, devoid of children’s voices


Crockery had been flung about ending up on desolate railway tracks

Crockery had been flung about ending up on desolate railway tracks


Mr inomata speaking heatedly about everything he lost owing to the tsunami

Mr Inomata speaking heatedly about everything he lost owing to the tsunami...


His bread bakery was also destroyed by the flood waters

His bread-bakery was also destroyed by the flood waters


Mr inomata s bakery partner mr abe his home in the background was also hit hard

Mr Inomata’s bakery partner, Mr Abe (his home in the background was also hit hard)


The first floor of mr abe s home was completely flooded

The first floor of Mr Abe’s home was completely flooded.


Point of call 4 rcj sendai

Point of Call 4 – RCJ Sendai


Supper with our colleagues from around tokyo who also visited the disaster areas

Supper with our colleagues from around Tokyo (who also visited the disaster areas)


Earthquake damage at rcj sendai congregation rev yoshida rcj moderator is the pastor here

Earthquake damage at RCJ Sendai congregation. Rev. Yoshida (RCJ Moderator) is the pastor here


Rev kataoka sorting basic provisions at rcj sendai distribution point

Rev. Kataoka sorting basic provisions at RCJ Sendai distribution point


Point of call 5 takayama missionary holiday resort

Point of Call 5 – Takayama (missionary holiday resort)


Fuel is still very scarce and most people have to stand in long queues to get some

Fuel is still very scarce and most people have to stand in long queues to get some


The distorted tsunami warning signboard of the missionary holiday resort at takayama

The distorted tsunami warning signboard of the missionary holiday resort at Takayama


Somebody s shoe was left behind amongst the debris on takayama beach

Somebody’s shoe was left behind amongst the debris on Takayama beach


The car of one of the missionaries rod thomas was swept away at the entrance to the resort

The car of one of the missionaries (Rod Thomas) was swept away at the entrance to the resort


Point of call 6 rcj ishinomaki

Point of Call 6 – RCJ Ishinomaki


Rev shiratsu from rcj ishinomaki embraced by our group leader rev taka

Rev. Shiratsu from RCJ Ishinomaki embraced by our group leader (Rev. Taka)


The church building of rcj ishinomaki was hard hit by the tsunami

The church building of RCJ Ishinomaki was hard hit by the tsunami


Rev shiratsu shows how the earthquake damaged the manse next door

Rev. Shiratsu shows how the earthquake damaged the manse next door


A group of rcj volunteers had come to help with cleaning up operations at ishinomaki

A group of RCJ volunteers had come to help with cleaning up operations (at Ishinomaki)


Rev taka and tobie with his children kana and tooru who also helped as volunteers

Rev. Taka (and Tobie) with his children (Kana and Tooru) who also helped as volunteers


Most of the neighbouring ishinomaki coastline turned into a heap of rubble

Most of the neighbouring Ishinomaki coastline turned into a heap of rubble


Policemen cleaning up

Policemen cleaning up


Point of call 7 onagawa

Point of Call 7 - Onagawa


At onagawa the tsunami wave was higher than 20m more than 2000 people dead or missing

At Onagawa the tsunami wave was higher than 20m, more than 2000 people dead or missing.


Like so many others looking for what is left of an earlier life amongst the rubble

Like so many others looking for what is left of an ‘earlier' life amongst the rubble...


A dejected worker contemplating the devastated onagawa more than 10 000 people had lived there

A dejected worker contemplating the devastated Onagawa (more than 10 000 people had lived there)


A specialist team of rescue workers from india looking for bodily remains

A specialist team of rescue workers from India, looking for bodily remains


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Mr Kimura points to his car on the 3rd floor of a building – he had a very narrow escape ahead of the flood waters.


This entrance to the hospital in onagawa is more than 25 m above sea level

This entrance to the hospital in Onagawa is more than 25 m above sea level!


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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.


A few of the more than 2300 people at a shelter in onagawa

A few of the more than 2300 people at a shelter in Onagawa


A distribution point for emergency relief via the japanese government

A distribution point for emergency relief via the Japanese government


People from all over the world extending a helping hand

People from all over the world extending a helping hand


The damage to onagawa is immeasurably wide and deep and high

The damage to Onagawa is immeasurably wide and deep and high


Point of call 8 driving northwards from onagawa along the coastline past several small villages

Point of Call 8 – Driving Northwards from Onagawa along the coastline past several small villages


Homes that had been tossed about at a village north of onagawa

Homes that had been tossed about at a village North of Onagawa


This man and his family survived he is looking for possessions of friends who had lost everything

This man and his family survived; he is looking for possessions of friends who had lost everything.


The infra structure of another village lies destroyed many years of repairs and recovery lie ahead

The infra-structure of another village lies destroyed – many years of repairs and recovery lie ahead


The future of local fishing enterprises lay torn to pieces on dry land

The future of local fishing enterprises lay torn to pieces on dry land


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Points of Call 9-14: Other RCJ congregations, relief-organizations and broader church groups in Sendai


Praying and talking together at rcj sendai east after a long day s voluntary relief work

Praying and talking together at RCJ SendaiEast, after a long day’s voluntary relief work


Provisions at rcj sendai east and rev tateishi as pastor to be distributed in community

Provisions at RCJ Sendai East (and Rev. Tateishi as pastor) to be distributed in community


Rcj sendai kaanan church building is unaffected after the earthquake

RCJ Sendai-Kaanan church building is unaffected after the earthquake


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Local pastor (Rev. Yoshioka) with goods from the congregation that will be taken to children and the elderly


Conversing with fellow missionaries at rcj sendai megumi congregation

Conversing with fellow-missionaries at RCJ Sendai-Megumi congregation


Distribution point of a usa relief organization

Distribution point of a USA relief organization


Rows of bicycle are standing ready to be transported to needy disaster victims

Rows of bicycle are standing ready to be transported to needy disaster victims


International volunteers planning the destination of the next consignment

International volunteers planning the destination of the next consignment


Rcj sendai kitanakayama congregation in a residential area

RCJ Sendai Kitanakayama congregation in a residential area


Rev sakamoto local pastor indicating damage after the quake

Rev. Sakamoto (local pastor) indicating damage after the quake


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Interdenominational meeting - leaders of various Protestant and Roman-Catholic churches in Sendai region – planning next steps of coordinated relief aid


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

Rev. Yoshida (RCJ Moderator) as chairperson of the interdenominational initiative (with hiscolleague from a Roman Catholic Church)


Various church groups also an international rescue team from a baptist church are involved

Various church groups - also an international rescue team from a Baptist church - are involved


On the way back to tokushima after 3 intensive days the last signs of winter to be seen

On the way back to Tokushima after 3 intensive days, the last signs of winter to be seen...


And the first signs of spring near watari mission station

...and the first signs of spring (near Watari mission station)


The distress call from japan is unmistakable

The distress call from Japan is unmistakable…

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.


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

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.”

(Romans 5:3-5)


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

Thank you very much for the support we as missionaries and church in Japan have already received from you! This inspires us…


Mission japan disaster fund 051 406 6729

Mission Japan Disaster Fund(051) 406 6729


Feedback on visit to disaster area in north eastern japan from tu 29 march to th 31 march 2011

For a comprehensive report on this visit to the disaster area, and on how to become more involved go to:

www.missiejapan.co.za

Email: [email protected]


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