Volunteers help a local church in Soma prepare gifts for survivors; Worship Japan visits CRASH Headquarters; Philadelphia Biblical University Chamber Choir performs in Tokyo; Makoto Fujimura's art for illustrated "Four Gospels" Bible on display at Takashimaya department store.
Pastor Kida from Fukushima Bible Church tells the story of how the area where he lives came to be called "Island of Blessing". This courageous pastor lives in a disaster zone. He has stayed with his congregation and is reaching out to his community by helping people in any way he can.
The church situation after 3.11 from a Japanese pastor's perspective
Yoshiya Hari, Pastor of Saikyo Nozomi Chapel
Do you see changes in the spiritual climate of Japan?
Yes, it is obvious. Tohoku (Japan's northern region) has always been known as a spiritually closed place. However, since the churches became bases for supply distribution after the earthquake, the spiritual soil of Tohoku has been softened. Locals now have a much more positive image of Christians. The reputation of the church is being built up.
How has God been working in the affected areas?
The number of churches in the Miyagi and Iwate prefectures is increasing and the cooperation among churches and pastors is stronger than ever. About sixty pastors and other church leaders gathered for the first meeting of Miyagi Mission Network. God has been working on non-Christians directly, too. The survivors are sensing God's presence even in the areas that have no churches. They appreciate visits from pastors. One survivor in temporary housing said, "It was good for me to go through this time of tragedy, because the experience made me think about what's really important in life."
CRASH Japan is a Christian disaster relief organization based in Tokyo. We mobilize volunteers and work with local churches to bring help, hope, and healing in the name of Jesus Christ. "Love on Japan" is CRASH Japan's response to the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that began on March 11, 2011.
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