Please pray for Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures Japan. Kinugawa river flooded and devastated so many residential areas on Sep. 10. We still don’t know the whole picture of its damage.
We have a report from the Relief Committee of Japan Evangelical Alliance. There have been no damage for churches in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures so far. Some Christian houses in Joso city were damaged and they already evacuated.
Here is a video of Joso city on Mainichi newspaper’s website:
Heavy rains moving up north and we are reported that some rivers flooded in Tohoku, especially Miyagi prefecture. CRASH Japan is collecting information. Please keep praying for the survivors.
On November 24th and 25th of November the 4/14 Window movement arrived in Japan culminating a year of preparation with the first national conference encouraging a focus on children for God’s kingdom.
Pastors Nam Soo Kim and Herman Mendoza from Promise Church in New York, Jess Curabo of AWANA Asia and Ruby Johnston of World Without Orphans were international guest speakers joined by dozens of locals who led practical workshops or shared the importance of children and youth from a Japanese perspective.
The reality of the Japanese context is that nearly half of churches no longer have a regular children’s ministry. This is partially due to the changing demographics of Japan’s population that has steadily become silver, but in the church it is even more extreme.
For humanitarian organizations like CRASH Japan and Samaritan’s Purse it means that local churches are more likely to be connected to the elderly than responsive to the needs of children in their communities. Since both the elderly and children are the most vulnerable when disasters strike it is paramount that the church serve both and build up trust and relationship with children and the elderly before a crisis.
The 4/14 Window Movement has made a good beginning in Japan. Our hope is that over the next few years regional groups could be formed to bring the focus on children to every part of Japan.