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Christmas Stollen Project: Thank you so much for your help!

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Praise the Holy Name of the Lord!

Thank you for your precious prayers and cooperation with the project. We were able to raise 104,000 yen, along
with the churches of Sendai and Koriyama at the temporary housing cafes we were able to provide 25 stollen!(Christmas Cakes)

From Koriyama Cooperative Staff – Yuko Shiotsu

These were just some of the comments I heard from disaster survivors living in Aizu.

“The stollen was very delicious, thank you so much!”

“It was so well made and contained delicious apples.”

“We are so happy that people all over Japan remembered us”,

From Sendai Office Leader – Ayumu Sasaki

Through the precious gifts of everyone, We were able to finish the 2013 CRASH Japan Christmas Project full of
blessings.  So many people wondered “what is stollen?” “Is it food?”, so I was able to explain about it and after that everyone was really happy to receive them.  I was able to have the opportunity to explain unfamiliar Christmas customs to people.  I would like to express my heartfelt thanks, and ask for your continued prayers for Tohoku.

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OPERATIONSAFE IN ZAMBOANGA: CRAFTS HELP HEAL TRAUMA

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Reflections on OperationSAFE Zamboanga from Craft Station Leader Mho

A long time ago, I desired to go to Mindanao. After the Operation Safe training with the Wilsons, I sat in on the meetings for Opsafe Zamboanga even though I knew at that time I would not be able to go.  But surprisingly, by God’s grace and will there came the opportunity to be part of the first Opsafe Camp in the Philippines.

Truly, I was blessed serving those kids together with people of the same heart and faith. Even spending Christmas and New Year celebration away from my dear family, I know Jesus is worth it all.

DAY 00 REFLECTION– HONEYMOON STAGE

Everyone was getting excited the night before. I felt the same way as well. I enjoyed listening, talking and sharing with Dr. Jojie.  God imparted in my heart after the conversation that I have to make the most of the time I have left. That kept me going and more excited.

We had volunteer orientation.  It was so smooth with the help of Jemima (OpSafe coordinator in Zamboanga) with

amazing effort – to the max!  Even before the conversation with the team, I was thinking what if possibly those volunteers have been in trauma.  But truly, I was so blessed seeing them trying to understand what Opsafe is during the orientation. Some might not grasp everything about this trauma care process but God did amazing things in short amount of time like what He did in Nehemiah’s life.  He was able to rebuild the wall in 52 days. Amazing isn’t it? In a short amount of time OpSafe volunteers were able to be part of the first aid for those kids in trauma. I saw that they were the best people to really understand those kids because they also experienced the same thing. But still, it depends on their heart (if it’s ready) and responses.

After the orientation, I talked to the mother of two volunteers. She told me that her son was so depressed and kept asking her about his father’s death. They grew up without him. His father was killed without any valid reason – she added it’s normal in their area. He was just one of those who are broken not just because of war but also because of their own emotional poverty.  I saw that God really uses people even they are broken.

DAY 01 REFLECTION – A CHALLENGE

The first day with the kids became more exciting. I was busy preparing for my station. I was down in the registration area and I was fascinated by a group of cute little kids. I acted like a kid to get their attention. Then, I was shocked when Kuya Ruel told me that the number of participants is more than of what we were expecting. I saw Pastor Ceasar and he told us to give them snacks and afterwards they will be sent home.

A special program was held for little friends.

While entertaining the kids, there was one of them whom I called “Batman” and asked his name. He cried and his mother told me that after the war her son became fearful and cried a lot. He didn’t go back in the group. Batman was one of the cute little 5-6 years old.

The team thought that if we sent them home – it might not be helpful because they might be the ones in pain.

It was a challenge. Most of us bore the burden for those kids. By God’s grace and wisdom the team ended up taking the responsibility for those kids. We took the challenge. Everyone has been flexible and it stretched our faith.

In every station there were challenges because of the increase of number of participants. We prepared for 150 participants only but there were 180 kids. The first day was finished and everyone was so amazed in God’s hand. He made the day. Its worth to trust Him even it seems so impossible (that’s faith). If it is His will it will be done!

I was thinking the whole time in my station how will everyone be able to make their own craft. God made it possible. It makes my eyes roll and my head spin when there were two pouches and one towel left. Everyone was able to make their craft. Incredible!

I got back in my devotion that day, it says in Philippians 2: 13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”. Beyond doubt He did, and He let us saw His invisible hand working.

In addition, I remember the child who made an abstract drawing on his pouch. He used dark colors in his craft. The crew leader caught my attention when she said that this kid made an abstract. Although, I know it might say something regarding his emotions and thought that he cannot express we just let him finish the way he wanted.

DAY 02 REFLECTION – A LITTLE BIT OF CULTURE SHOCK

It was my first experience to be asked to stop using Jesus name in teaching. I was not hurt because of who asked me but because of the thought that I was restricted to tell Jesus. I was used to share who Jesus in my life and His teachings in my work place, in church, in Luzon (technically). I was shocked that the freedom I have became limited when I get to the south. I was so sad that day not because I lost my eyeglasses or I was tired but because of the burden in my heart.

I submitted and respectedthe authority. The next batches I used God instead of Jesus. During the session for the last batch for the day, I was thinking if we will pray again. In my thought I was really struggling I wanted to pray the way I used to be but I know I have to obey and respect the Opsafe mission and goal. But I was so surprise when one of the kid called me and said, “Ate Mho, pray tayo” (Ate Mho, lets pray). I was relieved and I prayed the way I used to be.

The staff or the team should be trained well. I remember what Pastor Jonathan said, you will do what you are trained to do.

Small groups are the heart of OpSAFE

Brokenness

We had time to talk in small group and share things that burdens them. In my group – compose of three girls and a boy, all of them were from broken family. Brokenness is one factor that burdens the kids. One of them told me that her mother left them and her father really works hard for them. Many stories were shared regarding their issues in their families but I keep on telling them that Jesus our Lord always catches them in times of trouble.

Unfortunately, the time was very short to keep the conversation.

DAY 03 REFLECTION – TIME PRESSURED

Some of the beads glow in the dark!

In craft station, our craft for the day was the key chain. We struggled for time. Most of the kids choose different beads so it took time. Most of them also did know how to make the key chains. They find it hard to tie the chain. And also, it was agreed to lessen the time. But in craft station it was really hard to do that. The kids were pressured because we have short time to finish and the next group was waiting outside.

But somehow, the kids were able to ask help during this time due to time pressure. It also helps the leaders and for me to spend time with the kids even for a little while. There are stories of fear. I was roaming around when one of the kids was alone making her own key chain. She said she witnessed how the rebels cut the arms of some men. I felt like it was normal for her to tell the story. I observed also that the same kid was telling the same story to other leaders. It

seemed that she wanted attention from the ates and kuyas. I heard the same stories from the kids. They were afraid but I saw that most of them were taking those things normal now.

After the day, I was able to talk to craft station assistant leader. She said it was normal for her to have a nightmare. She always saw in her dream that she was one of the rebels, shooting people using firearms. When the thoughts are coming back she struggles. During the war she and her family immediately evacuated the area because once the rebels saturated the area they could not go outside to buy food. By God’s grace they were able to escape. Now, they prepare themselves for possible attack again of the rebels. They have their emergency bag anytime the war starts they can just grab it and go.

She also shared what the rebel did that was blocked in media. The rebels used human shields during the war.

I can’t help but pray for her, so we prayed together.

DAY 04 REFLECTION – CHANGES OCCURRED

I changed the craft for the fourth day because the material was not applicable. The colors that we have are non-toxic and it didn’t make a good result. So, we decided to let them draw anything or anyone who gives them courage. The crew leaders were also able to talk to them and pray for them also.

Children draw who encourages them.

The additional waiver that the children wrote also pressured them. The waiver was for their parents to know that there will be Christmas party the next day. I saw in the first batch that they really find it hard to enjoy the craft and conversation with the crew leaders because of the short time and additional task to do. In the next batches, I tried to write the waiver on the papers before they start. My assistant was the one facilitating while I was writing the waiver for the next batches. It helps and by God’s grace the kids were able to enjoy the craft.

DAY 05 REFLECTION – BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Kids became more excited and some expressed separation anxiety. We have the teddy towel for the last craft. I love this craft much.

Cute bears!

Being love is our theme for the last day. Even I expect that they will find it hard to do the craft I was so amaze how the kids make it easily. I just stand in front above the chair and demonstrate to them how and let them follow one by one. Incredible they’ve got it.

I remind them that Opsafe team will not be forever be here but there I will leave the one that will love them forever its Christ.

As soon as they finished I asked them to give name to their teddy. It might be the one they love or the one who love them so much. Most of them enjoyed the craft.

There were stories of the kids naming the teddies, “Milari” and “Misuari” – they are the leaders of MNLF.  Surprisingly, most of the poor families in the area were so thankful to what had happened because they received plenty of food. They received relief goods in bulk. Compared to their situation before the war, in evacuation it is more convenient because they don’t have to work hard to get food.

In our eyes what happened was worst but for some of them it was a blessing in disguise.

IN RETROSPECT

We might not able to record some stories but in God’s eye it wasn’t hidden. There are reasons behind all what happen. These must awaken the believers to be the salt and light of this world. Opsafe Camp is short-term yet I believe God can make things worth even to the least thing that we’ve shared and done to help the kids and to let them find hope in Christ. This experience helps me more and more to stand in the gap for Christ and make Him known.

Praise God for all of these. Jesus is worth of all the cost of my obedience

OPERATIONSAFE CAMP IN ZAMBOANGA

OPERATIONSAFE CAMP IN ZAMBOANGA

In late December, OperationSAFE held a child trauma resiliency camp in Zamboanga, Mindanao in the Philippines. This was the first of its kind in the nation and the staff found parents begging that their children be allowed to participate because of the trauma that they had experienced.

OpSAFE Snack Station

OpSAFE Snack Station

You are Loved

You are Loved

You are Loved

You are Loved

Be Strong and Be Brave

Be Strong and Be Brave

OpSAFE Adventure Station

OpSAFE Adventure Station

Pete teaches "You are not Alone"

Pete teaches “You are not Alone”

Wally teaches "Everyone is Important"

Wally teaches “Everyone is Important”

Aurora teaches "Follow and Believe"

Aurora teaches “Follow and Believe”

Sally teaches "Be Strong and Be Brave"

Sally teaches “Be Strong and Be Brave”

Pete asks his friend Sally, "What's Wrong?"

Pete asks his friend Sally, “What’s Wrong?”

Children love stories.

Children love stories.

Bible Story Station

Bible Story Station

Each day has a message from the Bible.

Each day has a message from the Bible.

Children hear principles through familiar stories

Children hear principles through familiar stories

Leaders help children write their dreams.

Leaders help children write their dreams.

"I want to become a teacher and help my family"

“I want to become a teacher and help my family”

Craft Station

Craft Station

Children decorate their bag with their name.

Children decorate their bag with their name.

Each day they receive a character pin.

Each day they receive a character pin.

Children make a toy that also teaches resiliency

Children make a toy that also teaches resiliency

Can you catch it?

Can you catch it?

Children learn best through play

Children learn best through play

Each child's creation is unique

Each child’s creation is unique

Some of the beads glow in the dark!

Some of the beads glow in the dark!

Girls love the pretty crafts

Girls love the pretty crafts

Draw someone who gives you strength

Draw someone who gives you strength

Children draw who encourages them.

Children draw who encourages them.

Building a bear out of a towel.

Building a bear out of a towel.

Cute bears!

Cute bears!

Games Station

Games Station

You are not alone!

You are not alone!

Groups play together and make new friends.

Groups play together and make new friends.

Lets play together.

Lets play together.

Children need to play even after trauma.

Children need to play even after trauma.

Local youth leaders join in the fun.

Local youth leaders join in the fun.

You are not alone.

You are not alone.

Can you listen and follow?

Can you listen and follow?

When you can't find your way alone, having a friend helps!

When you can’t find your way alone, having a friend helps!

Small groups share what it is like.

Small groups share what it is like.

Water relay race

Water relay race

Be strong and be brave

Be strong and be brave

You are loved

You are loved

You are loved

You are loved

Send your dreams a flying!

Send your dreams a flying!

Opening and finale with 180 children.

Opening and finale with 180 children.

Praying together

Praying together

Local youth crew leaders

Local youth crew leaders

The little ones needed care too

The little ones needed care too

Praying together

Praying together

Singing together

Singing together

Small groups are the heart of OpSAFE

Small groups are the heart of OpSAFE

Children love dancing

Children love dancing

Praying together

Praying together

Friends make everything better

Friends make everything better

Friends make everything better

Friends make everything better

Everyone gets to dance, even leaders!

Everyone gets to dance, even leaders!

Because of the armed conflict, guards ensured the security of the camp.

Because of the armed conflict, guards ensured the security of the camp.

A special program was held for little friends.

A special program was held for little friends.

Christmas gifts after the program.

Christmas gifts after the program.

The whole OpSAFE Zamboanga team.

The whole OpSAFE Zamboanga team.

From Facebook…

新型コロナウイルスへの対応で心がけたいこと
クラッシュジャパン理事 内山忠信

今 私たちは新型コロナのことに対応して来ました。 緊急事態宣言が出て、
新型コロナから「自分を守る。他人を守る。」ことから 会堂での礼拝ができないままに過ごして来ています。
今後、どのように対応していけばいいのでしょうか?

1. キリストにある「つながり」を強めましょう。
・今の状況は、会堂での礼拝ができないのであって、礼拝の「休止 閉鎖」ではないという理解が必要です。 それぞれの場で場所は異なっても 心をひとつにして礼拝をささげる意識を共有するようにしましょう。 そのために、インターネットの配信だけでなく、ネット環境の備わっていない方へ 週報や説教原稿を事前に届ける配慮をしましょう。できれば礼拝の流れ(祈りの言葉の入った)の文書、CD(礼拝全体の入ったもの)が届けられるとよいかと考えます。

・祈り会も会堂に集まることができなくても、それぞれの場で、心をひとつに祈りをささげる意識を共有しましょう。インターネットを用いることも、一つの方法です。ネット環境のない方のことも配慮して、教会全体で共有できるプリントを作り、配布し読んで頂き、祈って頂くのも一つの方法かと考えます。 キリストの体につながる一体感を大事にしたいと考えます。

・礼拝献金、月定献金の依頼をする。教会に届けて頂くか。
口座への振込が可能であることを伝え、週報に献金の振込口座を掲載する。

2. 牧師、役員が一致して、協働できるようにしましょう。
・今回の状況は、教会にとって一致が試される出来事です。このことを正しく乗り越えて行くために必要なことがあります。それは、新しい状況への対応の判断、決定の仕方を変えることです。 それは、役員会での決定・判断は採決ではなく、役員の意見を聴き、牧師が最終判断を示すという形とすることです。牧師は役員の皆さまのお考えを把握し、整理し考えることが必要です。牧師は役員の皆さんの考えを理解しつつ、判断を示すことが必要です。判断を示すのに、牧師の考えと役員のメンバーとの考えで判断が難しくなった場合は、教団であれば教団の関係者、単立であれば地域の牧師会に相談され、その結果をお伝えし、理解して頂くことが最善ではないでしょうか? このような方法をお勧めするのは、教会の一致を守るためです。非常時だからこそ、対応の判断・決定は慎重に行なうべきです。このような配慮をしましょう。

・次の日曜日まで待てない状況の際には、役員に連絡し理解を共有し、
教会全体に伝えるようにします。

・次にどのような対応となるかは、できるだけ事前にお知らせすることが望ましいです。 こうしたことは。高齢の方々に安心を与えることになるからです

3.今の状況は長引きそうな状況なので、これからの教会の今年の計画を見直しましょう。 新型コロナウイルスの治療のための薬、ワクチンは未だ出来ておりません。 収束の見通しがなく、長期化しそうです。ですから、今後をどうするのか、教会の行事、教区の計画、教団の計画を見直す必要があります。

4. 礼拝の再開の判断にあたって、下記のことを注意しましょう。
・他の地域とは それぞれの地域で事情が異なるので、礼拝再開の判断については他の地域と同調する必要はないと考えます。目安としては、学校の状況を参考にしてはいかがでしょうか。
・新型コロナの「終息宣言」が出るまで、食事の交わり、午後の集会は控える方向を教会の方々と共有して頂きたい。
それまでは・・・
① 教会に来られた時の手洗い。手洗いは手指まで丁寧に。手洗い後は、消毒の必要ありません。 手洗いできない場合、消毒だけで十分です。 消毒も手指まで丁寧に。
② 教会に来る前に必ず検温して頂く。37度以上の発熱の場合は 自宅で礼拝をささげて頂くようにする。
③ 全員にマスクの着用をお願いする。
④ 握手を伴った挨拶は避ける。
⑤ 賛美は 可能であれば、キーを1音ないし1音半下げて歌う。
⑥ 礼拝中の空気がよどまないように注意する。賛美以外の時は窓を開ける。

下記に 該当する人には、「終息宣言」が出るまで 礼拝を「自分の場所」で行なうよう依頼をする。
① 公共交通機関を使わないと教会に来られない人
② 70歳以上の高齢者、心疾患、呼吸器疾患、糖尿病、その他免疫の低下をきたす恐れのある持病を持つ人 施設に居られる人
③ 1週間以内に咳あるいは37度以上の発熱、味覚障害、その他風邪のような症状があった人
④ 感染がまん延している国から帰国した人及びその家族(帰宅後3週間)
⑤ 職場、学校、サークルなどで、新型コロナウイルスの感染が明らかになった人と1メートル以内に接近した人(接近後3週間)
⑥ 医療従事者、社会福祉施設従事者、学校教育従事者 等
・前の人と重ならないように、隣の人が隣にならないように 座るようにしていただく。 このように行なうと、これまでの収容人数の半分しか入れない場合があるかもしれません。 そうした場合、礼拝は 2 回に分ける必要が生じることでしょう。その場合は 2 回行ないましょう。
・「終息宣言」が出なくても、自分たちの地域を総合的に見た場合(感染者の有無、学校の状況、通勤などの状況 等から)大丈夫と考えたら、自主的に「自分を守る。隣人を守る」観点から「終息宣言」が出るまで対応されてよいかと考えます。

5. 他の教会 教区内の協力関係を作っておきしょう。
単立教会の場合
・市内の牧師会との関係の中で、万一の時に協力できる教会と協力関係を作っておきましょう。 万一の場合を想定し、備えましょう。実際起こった場合は協力しましょう。
教団教会の場合
・教区の教会が互いの情報を共有し、祈り合い、支え合いましょう。
・教区で 教会の牧師が感染した場合の対応を備えておきましょう。 教区の各教会の役員のまとめ役を、牧師が事前に教区の責任者に伝えておきましょう。
教区の責任者は緊急時に対応できるよう体制をつくりましょう。

6. 牧師は自己管理をしましょう。
この期間に自覚したいことは・・・・
① 新型コロナを恐れない。正しい理解と正しい対応、自分が感染しないように注意しましょう。 面談はマスクのままで行なう。お金を扱ったら手を洗うなど 心がけましょう。
② いつも以上のストレスの中にあり、仕事量も増えているので、燃え尽きないようにしましょう。 必要以上のプレッシャーを自分にかけないようにしましょう。 体の不調があったら無理しないようにしましょう。教区主事に連絡しましょう。
「助けて」と言える教区の関係なので、遠慮しないようにしましょう。
こうした状況の中で 何が起こっても おかしくない状況です。助け合い、支え合いましょう。

こうした時だからこそ、免疫力を養うために、下記の事を心がけましょう。
① 良質な睡眠をとりましょう。夜更かしはやめて、11 時には入眠となるようにしましょう。
② バランスの良い食事、十分な水分の補給をしましょう。
③ 散歩をしましょう。家の中に閉じこもって 1 日が終わることがないようにしましょう。
④ 長時間 ニュースを視聴することは、不安を駆り立て有害なのでやめましょう。 時間を決めて、ニュースを視聴しましょう。
⑤ 同労者、親しい方とメール、電話しましょう。電話越しに祈り合うことは有益です。
⑥ こうした機会に、日ごろ できない事に取り組みましょう。 例えば、本を読むとか、断捨離をするなど・・・
⑦ どんな時にも神に信頼し、祈りと賛美をもって進みましょう。 祈ることで、平安、力、確信に満たされましょう。 賛美を通して、神さまの恵みに満たされましょう。
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「クラッシュジャパン(crash Japan)」の現代的意義 〜「いたわり」の理解 〜

順天堂大学 名誉教授
新渡戸稲造記念センター 長 樋野興夫先生

コロナショックの蔓延化の日々である。 眠げな風貌で、がん患者の 心に灯をともす言葉を 処方し続ける 腫瘍病理学者・樋野興夫氏が、COVID19ロックダウン解除後も 混迷する現代社会に問う「人生でいちばん大切なもの」とは、「本物の強さ」とは、いったい何なのか…。」

コロナショックのときに、「コロナ君」という名前の男の子がいじめられたり、コロナビール が売れなくなったり、あるいは、感染者を出した企業を 非難したり、医療関係者の家族が 保育園などで 受け入れられなかったりといったことが起きました。

コロナショックから、私たちは 何を学ぶべきだと 先生は思われますか?』と言う問いに、私は「個人感情で 排斥をする 自称リーダー ヘの警鐘」であると 答える。

「泣くのに時があり、ほほえむのに時がある。 嘆くのに時があり、踊るのに時がある」の厳しい現実である。 今は、まさに「泣く時、嘆く時」であろう。

87年前の1933年3月3日に 三陸で地震の大災害があったと記されている。 その時、 新渡戸稲造(1862-1933)は 被災地 宮古市等沿岸部を 視察したとのことである。 その惨状を 目の当たりにした 新渡戸は「Union is Power」(協調・協力こそが力なり)と 当時の青年に語ったと言われている。 まさに、今にも生きる言葉である。 時代の波は 寄せては返すが「人の心と 歴史を見抜く 人格の力出でよ!」。

新渡戸は、台湾総督府に招聘されて 台湾に渡り、農業の専門家として サトウキビの普及、改良、糖業確立へと導く。 また、東大教授と第一高等学校校長の兼任、東京女子大学学長などを歴任した。 そして第一次世界大戦後、国際連盟設立に際して、初代事務次長に選任され、世界平和、国際協調のために 力を尽くしている。 世界中の叡智を集めて設立した「知的協力委員会」(1922年)には 哲学者のベルグソンや物理学者のアインシュタイン、キュリー夫人らが委員として参加し、各国の利害調整にあった。 この「知的協力委員会」の後身がユネスコである。

思えば、癌研時代、私は今は亡き 原田明夫 検事総長と、2000年『新渡戸稲造 武士道100周年記念シンポ』、『新渡戸稲造生誕140年』(2002年)、『新渡戸稲造没後70年』(2003年)を、企画する機会が与えられた。 順天堂大学に就任して、2004年に国連大学で『新渡戸稲造 5000円札さようならシンポ』を開催したのが 走馬灯のように駆け巡ってくる。 2020年は「新渡戸稲造 国際連盟事務次長就任100年周年 記念事業」の 時代的要請ではなかろうか!今年はまた、新渡戸稲造著『武士道』出版120周年でもある。 

私は、「日本国のあるべき姿」として「日本肝臓論」を展開している。 日本国=肝臓という「再生」論に、行き詰まりの日本を打開する具体的なイメージが獲得されよう。 人間の身体と臓器、組織、細胞の役割分担とお互いの非連続性の中の連続性、そして、災害時における全体的な「いたわり」の理解は、世界、国家、民族、人間の在り方への 深い洞察へと誘うのであろう。

(1)賢明な寛容さ (the wise patience)
(2)行動より大切な静思 (contemplation beyond action)
(3)実例と実行 (example and own action)の実践である。 

すべての始まりは「人材」である。 行動への意識の根源と原動力を持ち、「走るべき行程」と「見据える勇気」。 ここに、「クラッシュジャパン(crash Japan)」の現代的意義 があろう!
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