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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

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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.

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Aiba couple – part of a 6th generation Christians who initially helped establish churches in Tohoku Region
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The local nursery school utilized as part of the mission station (all are safe, including Rev. Hayashi, local pastor)
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)
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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.
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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.
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
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Points of Call 9-14: Other RCJ congregations, relief-organizations and broader church groups in Sendai
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
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Local pastor (Rev. Yoshioka) with goods from the congregation that will be taken to children and the elderly
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Interdenominational meeting - leaders of various Protestant and Roman-Catholic churches in Sendai region – planning next steps of coordinated relief aid
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Rev. Yoshida (RCJ Moderator) as chairperson of the interdenominational initiative (with hiscolleague from a Roman Catholic Church)
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.

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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)

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