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CRASH Japan Continues Relief Work for Tohoku

Focusing on Emotional and Spiritual Care

Dear CRASH Prayer Partners and Supporters,

CRASH Japan will send Rev. Takahito Iwagami (Chaplain staff) and Helen Kwak (Care Coordinator) to the Tohoku East Japan Church Network Conference.

Takahito is going to speak about “Emotional and Spiritual Care and Self-Care”. Helen will lead a workshop entitled “Ministry of Presence and Compassion Fatigue: Heart, Soul, Mind, and Power”.

Even after 4 years since March 2011, the ministry of emotional and spiritual care has been getting more critical for the churches, pastors, and Christians in Tohoku who continue to serve the survivors. Please remember in your prayers that CRASH Japan continues to work for the survivors and care workers in Tohoku.

Please continue to help CRASH Japan spiritually and financially. Your donations will enables us to serve survivors, churches, and Christians in Japan.

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Seminar and Workshop in Tohoku

東日本宣教ネットワーク1Today, on Sep. 29 Tue, CRASH sent Rev. Takahito Iwagami (Chaplain program staff) and Mrs. Helen Kwak (Care coordinator) to Sendai Baptist Seminary where East Japan (Tohoku) church network conference was held.

Pastors and Christians from Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, and the other Tohoku areas came and learned “Emotional and Spiritual Care for Survivors” and “Self Care”. You can see in the photos how seriously they were learning and enjoying fellowship.

CRASH Japan keeps serving the Tohoku churches and Christians and hopes to provide long-term support.

Mrs. Helen Kwak led workshop on Compassion Fatigue and Self Care

Helen Kwak led a workshop on Compassion Fatigue and Self Care

Rev. Iwagami had a presentation on emotional and spiritual care and self care.

Rev. Iwagami had a presentation on emotional and spiritual care and self care

Can you help with sweets?

モバイルカフェWe’re planning to open a mobile cafe at a shelter in Ibaraki-ken on Friday, this week. Would you make baked sweets for survivors with love?

If you can bring them to our office on this Thursday afternoon, please send us a message contact us.

Or if you can partner with us financially at this time, please send your donations to us via postal transfer. Please include a note that it is for the “Typhoon 18”:

  • Account number: 00110-3-290907
  • Account name: Ippan Shadan Hojin CRASH JAPAN

CRASH Volunteer Worked in Joso with Salvation Army Japan Team

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Dear CRASH Prayer Partners and Supporters,

Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

Today, Thursday, Sep. 24th, Rev. Takahito Iwagami, a chaplain of CRASH Japan, joined a Salvation Army volunteer team to serve the survivors and care workers in Joso city. Joso is one of the most affected areas by the flood (Kinugawa River) two weeks ago.

Rev. Iwagami was working as a chaplain and serving hot lunches (beef/rice bowls and special soup) with SA volunteers at Joso’s public gymnasium. This place was one of the biggest shelters in Joso city, and has now become a distribution center. Many survivors come to the gymnasium in order to get daily supplies.

The team served 355 meals and 100 cups of special coffee to the survivors and volunteer staff at lunch time. Survivors were so thankful for hot meals because they usually have cold rice balls and emergency food. It was also a great opportunity to provide emotional and spiritual care to them. Volunteers at the distribution center were also thankful to have a good break because they have been getting tired from hard work for two weeks after the typhoon.

Here is Rev. Iwagami’s report:

“It was my first experience to work at a canteen truck. I was so blessed to work with a Salvation Army team. Survivors looked tired, but when they received donburi and hot soup they smiled and said to us, “Thank you for lunch.” As we served lunch, we listened to the survivors’ stories of how they evacuated and how they felt. We provided not only hot meals but also emotional and spiritual care to them. I was also very happy for the opportunity for CRASH Japan to work with Salvation Army.”

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From Facebook…

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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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