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Christian relief work after Typhoon #19 (Hagibis)

CRASH was already working in Chiba in response to Typhoon #15 that hit the region in early September (sorry there was no post here about that – most of our communication has been on Facebook lately), but of course now there is much more work to do. Yesterday two CRASH leaders and leaders of several other groups met to discuss the best strategy going forward, and especially talked about the need for good roof repair work (not just tarps, but something more substantial). And of course there is plenty of need for cleaning out flooded houses, removing debris in neighborhoods, and many other activities. And funds will be needed to do these things. Please pray for all the victims as well as the volunteers, and please consider donating, or if you are in Japan, volunteering. More details will be known as time goes on – assessment of the needs and opportunities is just beginning.

See our Facebook page for photos and more frequent updates.

Unloading a van of supplies from Hiroshima

Meeting Oct. 16th of many Christian groups

 

Floods in Northern Kyushu

Please pray for northern Kyushu (Saga and Fukuoka prefectures), as torrential rains have caused widespread flooding. At one point, many areas were under a Level 5 (the maximum) warning for landslides, and 870,000 people were issued evacuation instructions. That level was lifted, but it might be issued again. As of this writing, three fatalities have been reported, but of course it’s too early to know the status of many areas, so there are probably many more.

Also, the rain is expected to continue and expand northeast, so additional flood warnings are also in effect for eight prefectures of southern and central Honshu.

As of this writing, here are three recent news pages in English:

Of course the situation is likely to change rapidly.

The Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center (九キ災, “Kyukisai”) is preparing to mobilize in response.

Juntendo Hospital where 184 people are stranded, surrounded by oil-slicked floodwater from nearby iron works.
Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers begin rescue operations.
Oil spills from flooded tanks at an iron works on August 28, 2019 in Omachi, Saga, Japan.

Two Disasters in 48 Hours

While relief efforts continue in Okayama and other places after the floods in July, this week in early September two other areas of Japan felt the pain.

Within 48 hours of each other, the strongest typhoon in 25 years ripped through the second-largest metropolitan area of Japan, and an earthquake in Japan’s northern-most region triggered landslides and left millions without power…
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2020年度の計画と予算について、本日理事会、社員総会を開催し、承認しました。現在クラッシュジャパンに常勤スタッフはいませんが、2019年度も各自が自分の仕事を持ちながら、平時の防災啓蒙活動と、災害時の緊急支援活動に従事させて頂きました。
 皆様のご支援、お祈りに心より感謝致します。総会後、フロア内の引越しに、全員で汗をかきました。

The Board of Directors and the General Meeting of Employees today held and approved the plan and budget for the fiscal year of 2020. Currently, there is no full-time staff at Crash Japan, but in 2019, each of them engaged in raising awareness about disaster relief during "peace time" and emergency support activities in the event of a disaster, all while maintaining their other jobs and responsibilities.
CRASH Japan is very grateful for your continued prayers and support. After the general meeting, everyone got in a great workout helping us move and organize!
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今日は3月11日です。東日本大震災がおきてから9年が経ちます。震災後キリスト教会の繋がりから生まれたネットワークによる追悼記念礼拝やコンサートの催しが今年も計画されていましたが、コロナウィルスの影響により中止となりました。
私たちは、あの未曾有の災害の中を生き、今日まで歩んでいるあの方、この方たちの顔を思いおこしながら祈ります。キリスト教会や団体に繋がり歩んでおられる方々を覚えて祈ります。震災後、ボランティアとして労した何千人もの方々の祝福を祈ります。
今日も平安でありますように。

           代表理事 永井敏夫

Today is March 11th. Nine years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. A network which was born out of the cooperation between christian churches planned to have a commemorative worship service and concert but the gathering was canceled due to the coronavirus.
We live in an unprecedented type of disaster and pray while remembering the faces of those who have are being affected to this day. We remember and pray for those who are connected to Christian churches and organizations. We pray for the blessings of thousands of volunteers who worked after the earthquake.
Peace be with you today.

-Nagai Toshio
Board of Directors Representative
CRASH Japan
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アメリカ・ミネソタ州から来日中の異文化インターンシップ旅行中の大学生チーム一行をお迎えし、活動紹介と交流の時を持ちました。Students and professors from University of Northwestern visited CRASH Office, and we had a great fellowship today. This is a part of their Intercultural Internship experience, and they have travelled several countries for 62 days. ... See MoreSee Less

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