November Quilt Winner

CRASH Japan is pleased to announce the winner of the November Quilt for Japan. In cooperation with Quilts for Japan, a group of North American Quilters, CRASH is raffling five unique "Origami" quilts from November to March. During November sixty-nine individuals made donations to CRASH for a total of $4,458. The first winner is Machiko Kimura of Sendai, Miyagi. Machiko is a resident of Sendai which was strongly affected by the quake and tsunami and has been active both in volunteering and giving to help those less fortunate around her. When CRASH President Jonathan Wilson called her with the news, it just so happened that she was busy volunteering at the CRASH Sendai office and was thrilled that she had been chosen.

Individual donations in December will be entered to win the next quilt and the winner will be announced in early January.

Donation Information -

To donate by credit card or wire transfer, see instructions here.

"Bamboo Park" Designed by Yoshihi Futana Blesses Children In Fukushima
Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God."

Art that is participatory, fun, practical, beautiful, sturdy, and made from natural materials is hard to find. How about art built by volunteers using radiation-free bamboo for survivors of a major nuclear disaster? The Bamboo Park at Hakusai Nozomi Preschool in Iwaki is all of those things.

Using dozens of bamboo poles donated by a Rotary club in Osaka, volunteers led by outdoor school specialist Yoshihi Futana have built an amazing play area. After discussion with the children of Nozomi preschool, Futana designed the bamboo structure to fit the needs of the children. Eight-meter-long bamboo poles were used to form a tall pyramid that is connected via a walkway to a large cherry tree. The branches of the tree support a viewing platform and there are swings attached to the bottom of the walkway. Unlike steel, the natural bamboo feels soft and warm to the touch. The irregular surface of the bamboo combined with many protrusions around the structure make climbing both fun and easy. Yoshinobu Akashi, Pastor of Joban Church and headmaster of this preschool, says:

"There's something I realized as we were building this: the people involved were slowly being rejuvenated by the experience. Smiles and conversation were growing and everyone was excited to see the children play on this. And we were blown away by the energy of the children. They climbed all over the structure and showed no signs of fear or reservation. We were given this opportunity to work together to create this gift for the children. We believe in the vitality of the children, and have a peace about continuing to live in this area."

What a privilege to have had a small part in showing the love of God to children in Iwaki by sending CRASH volunteers to help build this "Bamboo Park". Jesus cared for children. How can we measure the impact that this structure will have on the children who play on it for many years to come? Please pray for the children of Fukushima! Please support CRASH so we can continue mobilizing volunteers and supporting local churches in Tohoku.

Local Pastors in Japan Appeal for Help

Watch the embedded video to hear directly from local pastors in Fukushima prefecture about current needs and how you can be involved.

Proverbs 11:25 says "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed". In the twenty months following the disaster, CRASH Japan has been in the privileged position of directing physical, emotional and spiritual "refreshment" to survivors. As needs are becoming more specific throughout Tohoku, CRASH recently put out a call for videos in which pastors were asked to explain their current needs. The result was an intimate and insightful glimpse into the ministries that regularly, directly impact the lives of survivors. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more about specific opportunities to send the love of Christ to the survivors in Japan.

500 Christmas Gifts For Survivors in Japan

Twenty months after disaster hit Japan, thousands of Japanese are living in temporary housing units and feeling forgotten. A local church wants to reach out and bless 500 people with a small gift this Christmas. We invite you to participate! With your help we will distribute 500 Christmas gifts to survivors living in temporary housing units in Soma, a city just north of the stricken nuclear power plant. These survivors are connected with Soma Christ Gospel Church. Please send a gift worth $5-10 that any age can enjoy. The gift must be brand new and nicely wrapped. We will distribute a Christmas tract that tells about the love of God and the meaning of Christmas along with your gift. We made an Amazon Wish List on Amazon Japan. Anyone from around the world can look at the list to see what kind of gifts to send. We are also accepting Christmas gifts through regular shipping.

Where to send: CRASH Japan Sendai office, 2-12-48 Shinden, Miyagino ward, Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Japan 983-0038
TEL: 022-762-7830

Thank you!!

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