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April 17 Kumamoto/Oita Update

As of Sunday morning, the death count has risen to 41, over 2000 have been treated for injuries, and 180,000 people are evacuees.

CRASH Japan’s Assessment Team is working behind the scenes to evaluate the situation on the ground, including a trip from Tokyo by two CRASH leaders Tuesday-Wednesday and gathering information from churches and ministries already in Kyushu. We are developing a plan for how the worldwide church can respond to the disaster with Christian Relief Assistance Support and Hope! Please pray for our leaders and our assessment team as they make decisions and establish pathways for your care to reach the people of Kumamoto. To help, choose one or more of the blue buttons to the right!

Large Earthquake in Kumamoto

東京新聞に熊本地震の記事As is reported in the media, on April 14 a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu. 9 people were killed, hundreds were injured (50 severely), and 40,000 people are currently displaced.

The following quote is from the Facebook page of the Machida Church Disaster Preparedness Network:

“The combined church sanctuary and parsonage of East Kumamoto Bible Christian Church was completely destroyed. The pastor’s daughter was trapped for a time, but was rescued safely and is being treated at a hospital. The pastor and his family plans to stay at the affiliated North Kumamoto Bible Christian Church. Kamoto Christian Church did not suffer severe damage.”

Please remember the victims in your prayers.

Prayer Requests

  • That Jesus would have mercy on all those who have suffered loss or grief.
  • That necessary help would speedily reach the victims who need it.

Request for Donations

For information about how to donate, please see: http://crashjapan.com/en/donate/

Volunteer Registration

Until now, CRASH Japan has been processing volunteer registration for relief work in Kumamoto. However, it has now been decided that CRASH will consolidate its procedure with that of “Kyushu Christ Disaster Support Center” after June.
Since Kumamoto base is scheduled to relocate during the time between the end of May and the beginning of June, the acceptance of volunteers will resume after June 6.

Please register from the link below if you are interested in volunteering in Kumamoto.
Application for Volunteer

Please check the attached “Volunteer Request” file.
Volunteer Request
*Please be aware that, due to current needs, volunteers must have Japanese language skills.

 

Volunteer team to Joso city on November 24.

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CRASH Japan volunteer team to Joso city on November 24.
They opened mobile cafe and invited survivors from a local village (Misaka-Shinden) in Joso city. They provided emotional and spiritual care to the survivors through active listening and special sweet (Oshiruko).

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From Facebook…

A CRASH initial volunteer team visited one of the severely affected areas (Tenno area) in Kure city, where landslides are continuing and there is still no running water in some areas. After the flood the survivors are also suffering from heat wave - today's temperature was over 35°C (95°F). The Kure Christian volunteer center will begin tomorrow to send volunteers to help the survivors. CRASH Japan is going to support them through volunteer coordination and emotional and spiritual care.

Please keep praying for CRASH and help us by your generous donations. crashjapan.com/en/donate/

クラッシュジャパンのスタッフは、呉市の天応地区を訪問しました。呉市でも大きな被害が出た地域です。まだ断水が続き、土砂が残っています。明日からキリスト教会・呉ボランティアセンターがこの地域にボランティアを送ります。

クラッシュジャパンはボランティアセンター立ち上げのために協力し、また少しでしたが物資も運びました。これからもボランティアを送ることや心のケアを通して被災地支援をお行なっていきます。お祈りと献金のご支援を宜しくお願い申し上げます。 crashjapan.com/ja/shien/
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The Iwagamis of CRASH Japan visited Kure Christian volunteer center which will be opened tomorrow. They brought food and water. Many staff already are preparing for opening and accepting volunteers.

クラッシュジャパンの岩上は現在、キリスト教会・呉ボランティアセンター(インマヌエル呉キリスト教会)を訪問しています。まずボランティアセンターに飲料と食物を運びました。明日からボランティアセンターがオープンします。これからボランティア受け入れが始まります。岩上2名も今、ボランティアセンターの開設準備の手伝いをしています。
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To give you an idea of how wide-spread this disaster is, here is animation of the amount of water in the soil over time in Western Japan. The saturation of the soil made the mountainous areas ripe for landslides.

NHK WORLD-JAPAN
These graphs and maps compiled by NHK World illustrate the intensity and scope of the worst torrential rains in Japan in 30 years. The amount of rain soaking the ground raised the risk of mudslides.

www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/nhknewsline/backstories/graphicvisualization/
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