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CRASH Provides Emotional and Spiritual Care for Joso Survivors

CRASH Japan’s volunteer team worked as emotional and spiritual caregivers in Joso city.

Many people there, both survivors and relief workers, look tired, even exhausted. As we served coffees, cookies, cakes, and crepes, they were reminded that they needed to take a break.

Our emotional care coordinator Helen Kwak brought her dog Chappy – she listened to survivors while Chappy brought some smiles to faces in his own way.

CRASH Japan is working with Salvation Army and DRC Net on a training program for emotional and spiritual caregivers and disaster response chaplains. In the US this type of cooperation between groups might be normal, but in Japan it is historic!

Please keep praying for Japanese Christians and CRASH Japan. Our dream is that emotional and spiritual care might become one of the significant missions of Japanese Christian churches.

 

Mobile cafe at Joso City

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Dear Prayer Partners and Supporters
Thank you for your prayers!
On October 2 Fri CRASH Japan sent a volunteer team to Joso city (Mitsukaido Gymnasium). Thanks to the help of the Salvation Army (they let us use a canteen car and truck and sent two staff to help us!), we opened a mobile cafe and served three kind of crapes (chocolate, chestnut cream, and red beans cream) and coffee to the survivors, volunteers, and civil services there.
Helen Kwak(Our care coordinator)opened an “active listening space.” Survivors sat in the tent and enjoyed cookies, crapes and coffee. It was a great opportunity to provide emotional and spiritual care to them.
It was also such a great opportunity for us to work with the Salvation Army. We learned a lot of practical wisdom from them.

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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

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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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 7月15日(日)午後に開催された、相模原・町田の第4回防災フェスタ。今回の参加教会数は23、諸団体4、参加者総勢110名(講師、子ども含む)でした。
 第一部では、地元相模原の消防署から、隊員3名が来られ、AED講習を受けました。同時に、小さな子どもでも楽しく作るキャンドル・ワークショップを開催。
 第二部では、ゴスペルシンガー小坂忠師によるミニ・コンサート、福島第一聖書バプテスト教会の佐藤彰師による防災講演会。参加者一同、大いに励まされ、チャレンジを受けた一日でした。最後に、西日本豪雨で被災した方々を覚え、支援活動の為の献金が捧げられました。
 クラッシュのスタッフが企画から参加し、フェスタの運営に携わりました。
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