|For Such a Time as This|
Nancy Nethercott, a TEAM missionary working with worship renewal in Japan, reflected briefly on the story of Esther as she discussed the tragedy. She quoted the portion of scripture from Esther 4:14, "for such a time as this," referring to the way that the Lord already equipped so many people to be ready to respond to the earthquake disaster. The day before the quake, Nancy met with a friend who often provides groceries for the Nethercotts, as they frequently host guests and provide hospitality for groups.
She received a car-full of groceries, took them home, and packed them into her refrigerator, pantry, and freezer. With all of those groceries stored, Nancy was excited that this was going to provide food for her family for a long time. The morning of the earthquake, Nancy received food from another friend who was leaving the country. Looking at her pantry that was overflowing with food, Nancy recalls thinking,“Lord, why do I have so much food? What am I going to do with all this food?”God provided a clear answer later that afternoon when the earth shook. Restaurants and grocery stores closed, and food became an important commodity.
Nancy got a call from CRASH director Jonathan Wilson asking her to prepare a meal for those gathering at the first meeting of volunteers on Sunday, March 13th.
With the food that she received, Nancy prepared meals for 65 people and then continued to cook for volunteers for the next two weeks. She used all of the food that God had provided for the next month.