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THE 3RD GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM

Theme: “Raising Leaders through Sufferings beyond the Walls”

Date: February 15th (Sat), 17th (Mon)

     15th 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. pastors and other Christians

     17th 10:30 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m. seminary students, younger pastors and Christians

Place:Ochanomizu Christian Center 8th Floor Chapel

Fee:one day ¥1,000(including the handouts); student one day ¥500

Pre Registration is required and seats are limited

   15th(200 seats), 17th (80 seats)

Registration is only from the Webpage: http://drcnet.jp

The dead line:February 7th (Fri)

Contact:DRCnet (East Japan Disaster Relief Net Work)

    E-mail: info@drcnet.jp  Tel: 03-5577-4824

DISASTER REDUCTION CHURCH NETWORK SEMINAR REPORT

 

The seminar was held at Ueno Holiness Church on October 8th, pastors were invited from Arakawa, Sumida, Taito, Koto and Chuo wards of Tokyo. The seminar was sponsored by the DRCnet Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Project and co-sponsored by CRASH JAPAN. 40 people attended the seminar. In the morning, there were three sessions. First, Kazu Kurihara from CRASH showed a PowerPoint presentation concerning the predicted risk of the coming earthquake disaster and how to reduce the risk, as we need to pay special attention to eastern Tokyo, which is subject to flooding. Second, Pastor Matsumoto, chairman of the Japan Evangelical Association disaster relief committee, spoke on the need of church network to cope with disaster. He emphasized the importance of a leader who can take an initiative to start face-to-face community within walking distance. In the final morning session, Jonathan Wilson, director of CRASH spoke on how to help the vulnerable. A highlight of this seminar was the introduction of a Salvation Army canteen car, which has a rice cooker system that can make 100 servings in 20 min. We were able to eat GYUDON (Beef Bowl) for lunch prepared by this canteen car. After lunch participants divided into small groups and discussed how to start church networks. The purpose of these networks is to create a face-to-face disaster reduction community. Through this seminar in Taito ward, seven churches have been networked and are ready to go.

写真  Tokyo Disaster Preparedness: Kazu Kurihara

OPERATIONSAFE CHILD TRAUMA CAMP IN ZAMBOANGA, PHILIPPINES

From September 9th to the 30th of 2013, armed conflict between MNLF rebels and the troops of the Philippine government resulted in the evacuation of civilians as homes were being burned.  At the end of October, the number of dead was placed at 140, wounded 268, and the number affected at 20,810 families or 105,705 individuals  currently in need both outside and inside evacuation centers.  The number of homes totally damaged by the series of fires is 10,160 homes.

The Grandstand” Evacuation Center in Zamboanga

Our local partners, the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network sent an assessment team the last week of November and since Typhoon Haiyan struck Visayas, the situation in the evacuation camps has deteriorated with government resources being pulled elsewhere.

 

The main concern for us is the care and protection of children and helping them recover from trauma.  We are holding an OperationSAFE child trauma camp in Zamboanga from December 26th to the 31st at Manpang Elementary School which functions as one of the evacuation centers.  This will become a model and training for local church workers to continue psychosocial care for the children in the months ahead.

PETE THE PENGUIN IS NOW FLYING!

Do you know that penguins don’t or won’t fly? You might say, “Of course it can’t fly!”

But do you know that Pete the Penguin, who is the main character of our Operation SAFE Trauma Care Program, is now ready to fly?

    The Operation SAFE Trauma Care Program was born to care for the children who suffered from the Sichuan Earthquake in China in 2008.  And this program was also used for caring for children in Haiti and Tibet after disasters hit the respective regions.  Presently this program is used for the children in Tohoku, Japan.  And Pete the Penguin, who is working hard in Tohoku, is now ready to go to Asian countries as an ambassador of emotional care to the children in Asia.

    I am currently writing this article in Bali, Indonesia where I am hosting a Leadership Training Seminar for Operation Safe Trauma Care.  After hosting this session, I am going to Manila, Philippines and Seoul, Korea to give similar workshops.  Then Pete is ready to go abroad.

 Why is Pete invited to the Asian Countries? Is Pete’s job in Japan finished? NO! Pete will continue to work in Japan and CRASH Japan will continue to host the Operation SAFE Trauma Care Program in Tohoku and other parts of Japan mobilizing the volunteers and holding the workshops to deepen the knowledge and understanding of children’s emotional care.  But should we monopolize Pete in Japan? The Lord commands us to “SHARE”. Therefore, we should not monopolize Pete in Japan and CRASH Japan is led to extend the Love of God to all the suffering children in the world. And by the guidance of God and the invitation of the people in Asia, CRASH Japan is introducing the Operation SAFE Trauma Care Program to those who needs the program.

The Operation SAFE Trauma Care Program is not only for the children who are suffering from the effects of natural disasters but also very useful for the children in the refuge camps and the slums who need the emotional care.  Since there is no other emotional care programs for those children, the Operation SAFE Trauma Care Program is very much needed in Asia.

    Pete the Penguin is now responding to the cries heard in Asia. Will you come and join our efforts to share the Love of God?  We appreciate your prayers and support.  

Operation Safe Leader / Rie Wilson

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From Facebook…

13th(Fri) Our team visited a house to get rid of dirts in their yard.

2019年11月13日(金)

九キ災嬉野センター(嬉野キリスト教会)での ミーティングの後、金立町に出発。地域に近づくと、遠くから山の中腹に金刀比羅神宮が見えてくる。川の写真にあるように、上流の河川が決壊し、土砂が直ぐ下の道の両側の複数の家屋と庭に流れ込んでいた。

早速Aさん宅にての作業が始まる。土砂をスコップでとり、一輪車に乗せ、それをトラックに載せ、土砂置き場まで移動し、降ろす作業を繰り返す。初日の作業は10:30から15:00まで。社協のボランティア10数人も本日からこの地域に入っていた。
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台風の影響で、停電や断水、通信障害の被害の大きかった千葉県南房総地区にある諸教会を、日本福音同盟(JEA)援助協力委員会の村上委員長とCJの理事2名で訪問。訪問時は停電は解消していましたが、大変な状況の中で、先生方には被災時のお話を分かち合って頂きました。最後に今後の復旧の為に祈りの時をもたせて頂きました。
 訪問教会(順番に)は、1、インマヌエル木更津キリスト教会(宮崎聖輝師・和子師)、2、インマヌエル館山キリスト教会(斎藤園子師・義信師)、3、日本同盟基督教団館山教会(李京奭師)、4、館山聖アンデレ教会(聖公会:吉川智之司祭ーご不在で司祭夫人にお話しを聞かせて頂く)、日本ホーリネス教団袖ヶ浦キリスト教会(盧俊煥師)。
 東京電力の報告にあるように、停電復旧まではまだ時間を要します。ライフライン(特に電気)は、いのちに関わる事柄ですので、一日も早い回復と、被災された方々の日々の生活の支えを、お祈り申し上げます。
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Report on 12th Sep. about Disastef Relief activity in Saga Prefecture.Prayers and volunteers are appreciated.
9月12日の佐賀の様子を報告します。
Volunteer application page information is at the bottom.
また、ボランティア募集の情報が下の方にあります。ご覧ください。

また、関東での被災状況の情報を集めております。メッセンジャーでご連絡くだされば感謝です。
If you have any information or having affected by Typhoon this past week in Kanto area, please let us know.

お祈りとご支援に感謝申し上げます。
Thank you for your prayer and support.

2019年9月12日
佐賀ボランティアセンター
ボランティアセンター作業開始3日目

午後、嬉野ベースの藤野師、九キ災とともに、佐賀司牧会に参加いたしました。

司牧会の牧師先生方とともに、佐賀の被害の回復、佐賀県のネットワークについて、武雄の教会について祈りました。

また、佐賀の金立の土砂災害への支援についても祈りました。多くのボランティアが必要です。

ボランティアの募集要項は、こちら(https://kyusyuchristdrc.wixsite.com/kumamoto/blank-12)から申請することができます。是非ご参加ください。
You can apply for the volunteer work from the link above.

また、お車でお越しの方は、事前に高速道路無料措置化の所定の用紙をダウンロードすることをおすすめします。九キ災嬉野ベースでの働きを終えられたあと、社会福祉協議会で作業をされれば、高速道路無料措置化の手続きをすることが出来ます。帰りの道は行きと同じである必要がありますが、ぜひご検討ください。

その他の支援参加もできます。九キ災の嬉野ベースについてのページをご覧ください。

皆さまのお祈りとご支援に感謝申し上げます!
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