Prayer Forum for Fukushima

Special prayer forum for Fukushima!

Date: May 24, 2014  Time : 2:oo pm start

Place : Ochanomizu Christian Center (OCC) 8F

It’s been over three years after the earthquake, but still church and people in Fukushima are facing a lot of things. Let’s get together and pray for Fukushima!

フクシマ

Easter Program at Seaside Church in Sendai, Japan

Sharing the Hope of Easter with Children

Over the last three years OperationSAFE has held more than 20 child trauma camps in response to the 3.11 disaster in Tokyo, Fukushima, Ibaragi, Miyagi and Nagano with over 650 children affected by the tsunami and evacuated from the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station.  Our philosophy is to work with local organisations that will be there for the children long after teams from outside have gone home.  Seaside Bible Church, whose church was also swept away by the tsunami, is one such local organisation that has reached out to these children and will continue to give comfort and hope with them for years to come.

IMG_0729Testimony from Japan OpSAFE Leader Rie Wilson

It was such a beautiful day to drive to the Northern part of Japan.  On the way there we saw cherry blossoms were blooming and all the volunteers were excited to see the children in Sendai who had suffered from the Tsunami in 2011 because this was our third time to visit them.  Last  summer we provided our Five-Day program and then last December we shared our Christmas program as a follow-up.  Most of the children who came to this program go to a nearby pre-school.

Pastor Naito and his wife Nozomi started the Kids’ club at their church to share God’s word to those children.  For this Easter event God provided nine OpSAFE veteran volunteers and some came from far away by bullet train.  The children were excited to start our Easter program since they knew we were providing games, crafts, snacks and also stories.  We spent two hours with them and shared why we celebrate Easter with them.  For craft we made a Easter basket to put five different colorful eggs with bible verses to take home.   We all prayed that they can hold onto those verses and they will share the meaning of Easter to their families.  We had such a blessed time with those children.  Thank you so much for your support.

Rie Wilson, Japan OpSAFE Leader

Testimony  from Mrs. Nozomi Naito

Naito“Let the little children come to Me.” Mark 10:14 was the verse that encouraged me to start the Wednesday Kids Club in the fall of 2012.  In the first month there were no kids showing up, but one child came and then little by little we started to gain in the number of children.  In 2013 April all of a sudden five mothers who send their kids to the local pre-school started to come to church and they desired their kids to come to Kids club.  In 2013 July, Nov. and 2014 March for those Kids club kids we invited OpSAFE to do the program.

The Kids who attended all of the OpSAFE programs were excited to attend and I could see their concentration span is growing each time and see God’s blessings were upon those kids.  Some kids could not attend our club since the last OpSAFE program and I was wondering why and praying for them.  But for this program they showed up and they told me that since it was winter-time schedule, they could not come to Kids’ club.

7 volunteers from Tokyo,  one from Shizuoka and one from Osaka came to do the program.  Most of them joined our Sunday worship service and shared their worship kids dance.  It was such a blessing to see one elderly man who is over 80 years old enjoying dancing with them.

I would like to ask your prayers that the seeds that the OpSAFE team planted will grow in kids’ hearts and fruit will come from them.

Tohoku Story: Returning the Favor

After the disaster in 2011, CRASH worked with a baseball team from Tsukuba (Ibaraki prefecture) to bring equipment to a team in Onagawa (Miyagi prefecture) that lost everything in the tsunami. A year later, when a tornado hit Tsukuba, the team from Onagawa was able to help out and return the favor. See the touching story in this video.

Returning the Favor / 恩返し from CRASH Japan on Vimeo.

Tohoku Stories: Serving through Tradition

With all of the gifted volunteers willing to serve in Japan, CRASH Japan is sometimes able to channel unique talents and skill sets into their outreach events. One volunteer, Yukiko Hirano, has practiced Japanese tea ceremony for over 40 years. She was delighted to have the opportunity to serve survivors of the great earthquake and tsunami, who are now living in temporary housing.Hirano-san sees many similarities between Japanese tea ceremony and the Christian faith. The cloth that goes around the waist of the person performing the ceremony is much like the cloth Christ wore around his waist when he washed the feet of his disciples. It is meant to signify servanthood, and a position of humility.In this special volunteer portrait video, you can see the beauty and grace of Hirano-san’s art. Your prayer and donations continue to make it possible for CRASH to connect with survivors in a meaningful way. Thank you for the support.

LET’S HELP 1000 CHILDREN!

IN APRIL AND MAY WE ARE GOING TO HELP 1000 CHILDREN RECOVER FROM TRAUMA IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Recovering from disaster is hard enough for adults, can you imagine what it can feel like for a child? Research shows that untreated childhood trauma leads to a higher risk of social, neuropsychiatric and other medical problems. Yet most of the children affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) have no access to psychological care. Without care, a whole generation is in danger or being lost to depression, PTSD, teenage pregnancy, adolescent drug abuse, school failure, victimization, anti-social behaviour and other long-term effects of trauma.

BUT WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP!

Over the next two months we are going to hold OperationSAFE camps in six towns in the typhoon affected region of Samar. Each camp will serve around 150-180 children who went through Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Through the camp they will receive primary emotional first-aid and screening for more severe problems. These will be just the beginning as afterwards smaller camps will be held in barangays (villages) around each town.

April 1-5 Balangkayan
April 21-25 Hernani
April 28- May 2nd Lawa’an
May 6-10 Balangiga
May 20-24 Giporlos
May 27-31 Quinapondan

WHAT WE NEED NOW IS FOR YOU TO BE INVOLVED!

We would like people from around the world to adopt one of these camps and show them that truly “You are Not Alone!” Please take a few moments and make a donation to support one of these camps. Each camp costs roughly $5,000 or $30 per child. Write the name of the camp in the comment field and we will send you details on how you can encourage your sponsored children through letters.