The recovery from the torrential rains of July 2018 in Western Japan are likely to take several months, possibly a year. Please keep praying, donating, and volunteering.
CRASH volunteer staff pastors have been working in both Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures providing leadership and administration. Here is one example. On July 26th, a team of over 30 Japanese and Korean volunteers, led by a CRASH pastor, went into the heart of the mountains in Okayama Prefecture to help a special care nursing home. 98% of the residents need at least Level 2 nursing care, so it was a miracle that the staff on duty were able to quickly carry everyone to the second floor before the first floor was submerged. The volunteer team worked in the blazing sun to clean mud from the furniture and equipment. (Click on any photo to view it full size.)
More photos of this and many other activities can be found on CRASH’s Facebook page.
An assessment in the Ondo district of Kure City found devastation from landslides. Volunteers alone will not be enough in places like this. Please pray for Kure!
There is widespread damage after torrential rains hit a huge swath of Western Japan for several days. Please pray for rescue for those still stranded, shelter for the hundreds of thousands who are displaced or evacuated, comfort for the families of over 90 who have died and over 50 who are still missing, and safety for the first responders. Also pray for the Lord’s wisdom for CRASH and other disaster relief organizations who are assessing the most strategic ways we can help.
Also, please visit the Financial Support page and consider donating to help with our relief efforts.