September 30, 2011: Support Wakayama

Comment from Sophia Oyama, CRASH Japan Volunteer

"Since arriving in Tohoku and volunteering in one of the CRASH bases, I have continued to be inspired by the people of Japan who have worked tirelessly to rebuild their homes and their lives. Little did anyone know that another disaster would hit Japan – almost equally devastating.

"On September 5th, Typhoon Talas, the 12th named typhoon in 2011, blew through Japan. Forty-seven (47) people were killed and some are still reported to be missing. Most of the deaths were reported from the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture. For me, this disaster hit even closer to home than the last (3.11). My grandparents have a home in Kii-Katsuura in Wakayama – a very small, rural town surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Typhoon Talas caused a number of landslides and floods in the area, and my grandparents lost their home. I believe that God has called believers and the people of CRASH to expand their relief efforts and spread the hope of Christ to the people of southern Japan."

CRASH Japan has the goal of raising US $50,000.00 (3.6 million yen) to cover expenses related to volunteer mobilization, food distribution, and equipment and staffing needs. To donate to the Wakayama Disaster Relief fund, click here. (Please indicate fund designation when donating. All PayPal donations go to the "LOVE on Japan" Tohoku campaign and should not be used for designated funds.)

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