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Cooperation from nationwide network

In this video (Japanese only), CGN TV (Christian Global Network Television Japan) reported on a meeting of the nationwide collection of regional Christian disaster relief networks, as well as describing the beginning work by the Kyushu network in response to the floods and relief goods supplied by other networks and ministries. It includes comments from a few pastors and a list of churches with damage. Please pray for these churches and for the work being done.

Flooded churches and early relief work

Please pray for southern Kyushu. Torrential rains on July 4th and 5th caused severe floods – here is one of many news reports: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/06/asia/japan-flooding-kumamoto-kagoshima-intl-hnk/index.html

Below is a report on churches in southern Kumamoto Prefecture – the text is in the process of being translated into English.

熊本県南部のために祈ってください。以下は教会の状況と最初の支援活動について、クリスチャン新聞のニュースです。

7月4日から5日にかけて熊本県南部を襲った豪雨は、球磨川氾濫による浸水被害もあって、熊本県人吉市、葦北郡、鹿児島県薩摩川内市の教会や信徒宅に被害が出ている。被害状況は以下の通り。

人吉聖書教会の被害
  • 人吉バイブル・プロテスタント基督教会(森下薫牧師)は床上浸水し、7月6日現在停電中で、車も水に浸かり使用できない状況。
  • トータル・人吉神愛キリスト教会(土肥洋子牧師)は、土肥牧師が4日早朝5時に避難。教会は高台にあり浸水は免れたが、牧師宅は完全に水没。
  • アッセンブリー・人吉キリスト教会(大﨏浩嗣牧師)は信徒宅で床上浸水。
  • イエス栄光芦北教会(松岡欣也牧師)は信徒宅で浸水被害。
  • 水俣福音キリスト教会(神薗悟牧師)は、教会には被害はなかったが、地域の一部の人が教会に避難している。
  • 希望キリスト教会川内チャペル(松本貢牧師)は床上浸水に遭った。

九州キリスト災害支援センター(九キ災)は4日、熊本ベースを「九州南部豪雨災害対応拠点」とし、安全を確認しながら、視察、情報収集、資材の移動を開始。6日に市来雅伸本部長、諸藤栄一熊本ベースディレクターを現地視察に派遣し、人吉バイブル・プロテスタント基督教会を訪問、支援物資を届けた。「人吉市にあるともしび聖書キャンプ場の松崎義治スタッフが加わり、地域の人々に支援物資を配布した。支援にかけつけた熊本東聖書キリスト教会(豊世武士牧師)の皆様とも共に支援活動ができた」という。

Christian relief work after Typhoon #19 (Hagibis)

CRASH was already working in Chiba in response to Typhoon #15 that hit the region in early September (sorry there was no post here about that – most of our communication has been on Facebook lately), but of course now there is much more work to do. Yesterday two CRASH leaders and leaders of several other groups met to discuss the best strategy going forward, and especially talked about the need for good roof repair work (not just tarps, but something more substantial). And of course there is plenty of need for cleaning out flooded houses, removing debris in neighborhoods, and many other activities. And funds will be needed to do these things. Please pray for all the victims as well as the volunteers, and please consider donating, or if you are in Japan, volunteering. More details will be known as time goes on – assessment of the needs and opportunities is just beginning.

See our Facebook page for photos and more frequent updates.

Unloading a van of supplies from Hiroshima

Meeting Oct. 16th of many Christian groups

 

Floods in Northern Kyushu

Please pray for northern Kyushu (Saga and Fukuoka prefectures), as torrential rains have caused widespread flooding. At one point, many areas were under a Level 5 (the maximum) warning for landslides, and 870,000 people were issued evacuation instructions. That level was lifted, but it might be issued again. As of this writing, three fatalities have been reported, but of course it’s too early to know the status of many areas, so there are probably many more.

Also, the rain is expected to continue and expand northeast, so additional flood warnings are also in effect for eight prefectures of southern and central Honshu.

As of this writing, here are three recent news pages in English:

Of course the situation is likely to change rapidly.

The Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center (九キ災, “Kyukisai”) is preparing to mobilize in response.

Juntendo Hospital where 184 people are stranded, surrounded by oil-slicked floodwater from nearby iron works.
Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers begin rescue operations.
Oil spills from flooded tanks at an iron works on August 28, 2019 in Omachi, Saga, Japan.

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