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CRASH Volunteer Team Provided Emotional and Spiritual Care at The Biggest Shelter in Joso City

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Dear CRASH Prayer Partners and Supporters
Thank you again for your prayers and financial supports. CRASH Japan sent a volunteer team to the biggest shelter in Joso city today. There were about 200 people who evacuated from the flood. Today we served 100 crepes and hot coffees and teas to the survivors. We also offered footbath and hand massage.
They sat and enjoyed conversations with CRASH Japan’s emotional caregivers. Most of them were the older people. Some younger and small children were among them. They told us the stories how they survived through the flood in September. They also told us that they struggled with facing difficult realities.
We served them though active listening and provided emotional care. Please keep praying for and support CRASH Japan as we continue to serve the survivors.

Can you help with sweets?

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We’re planning to open a mobile cafe at a shelter in Ibaraki-ken on Saturday, Oct.17th. Would you make baked sweets for survivors with love?
If you can bring them to our office on Friday, Oct 16th, please send us a message:) Onegaishimasu!

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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2020年度の計画と予算について、本日理事会、社員総会を開催し、承認しました。現在クラッシュジャパンに常勤スタッフはいませんが、2019年度も各自が自分の仕事を持ちながら、平時の防災啓蒙活動と、災害時の緊急支援活動に従事させて頂きました。
 皆様のご支援、お祈りに心より感謝致します。総会後、フロア内の引越しに、全員で汗をかきました。

The Board of Directors and the General Meeting of Employees today held and approved the plan and budget for the fiscal year of 2020. Currently, there is no full-time staff at Crash Japan, but in 2019, each of them engaged in raising awareness about disaster relief during "peace time" and emergency support activities in the event of a disaster, all while maintaining their other jobs and responsibilities.
CRASH Japan is very grateful for your continued prayers and support. After the general meeting, everyone got in a great workout helping us move and organize!
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今日は3月11日です。東日本大震災がおきてから9年が経ちます。震災後キリスト教会の繋がりから生まれたネットワークによる追悼記念礼拝やコンサートの催しが今年も計画されていましたが、コロナウィルスの影響により中止となりました。
私たちは、あの未曾有の災害の中を生き、今日まで歩んでいるあの方、この方たちの顔を思いおこしながら祈ります。キリスト教会や団体に繋がり歩んでおられる方々を覚えて祈ります。震災後、ボランティアとして労した何千人もの方々の祝福を祈ります。
今日も平安でありますように。

           代表理事 永井敏夫

Today is March 11th. Nine years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. A network which was born out of the cooperation between christian churches planned to have a commemorative worship service and concert but the gathering was canceled due to the coronavirus.
We live in an unprecedented type of disaster and pray while remembering the faces of those who have are being affected to this day. We remember and pray for those who are connected to Christian churches and organizations. We pray for the blessings of thousands of volunteers who worked after the earthquake.
Peace be with you today.

-Nagai Toshio
Board of Directors Representative
CRASH Japan
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アメリカ・ミネソタ州から来日中の異文化インターンシップ旅行中の大学生チーム一行をお迎えし、活動紹介と交流の時を持ちました。Students and professors from University of Northwestern visited CRASH Office, and we had a great fellowship today. This is a part of their Intercultural Internship experience, and they have travelled several countries for 62 days. ... See MoreSee Less

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