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An aftershock, 10 years later.

Just after 11pm on Saturday evening, as we were preparing to go to sleep, the dog started barking, and then the shaking began. I could hear the rattling of the cabinet doors and the dishes in the drain clattered. Opening the front door I could hear the shaking of the ground and all the houses around us. Where I live in Tokyo, it registered 4 on the Japanese scale. At its source off the coast of Fukushima it was a strong 6 on the same Japanese scale.

Six prefectures have reported people with injuries, though no serious injuries have been confirmed and no casualties have been reported. Power was out for almost a million people, but was mostly restored within a few hours. There is damage to roads and buildings, a landslide that took out part of a highway, and a lot of clean up to do. Broken dishes and toppled bookshelves are just the beginning.

This quake comes almost exactly 10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, which triggered the tsunami, and the following nuclear disasters. Experts are telling us that this, too, is an aftershock. That due to the size of the 2011 quake, it is not unusual to have an aftershock of this size ten years later.

Organizations that responded to the 2011 disasters have been planning their 10 year anniversary programs. Here at CRASH Japan we have also been planning how to appropriately mark this occasion. There is a desire to celebrate recovery, and put the hard parts of it behind us. We would like to be able to say ‘That is all over now. We are done with it.’ But an event like this reminds us that we are vulnerable.

Helen Kwak returns to lead Heart Care department

CRASHJapan is happy to announce that after a break of three years, Helen Kwak has once again joined us. She will be heading up our Heart Care Department and restarting our Heart Care training programs. After working with CRASH during the 3.11 response in the Survivor Care department, Helen went on to help develop the DRCnet Chaplaincy training program, while earning her Masters in Human Services Counseling. She resigned from CRASH in the spring of 2017 in order to be with her son as he battled cancer in the states. After his passing she has returned to Japan, and worked to build a small counseling practice. Helen’s passion is in developing relevant heart care training programs that will be valuable tools for pastors, lay persons, and disaster responders here in Japan. You will hear more about this in the future.

Right now Helen is gathering a team of current and former staff, and planning an online global event for everyone who participated in CRASH’s 3.11 disaster response.  REFLECT and CONNECT (details coming soon) will be a space for us to reflect on where the last 10 years have led us, and reconnect with each other. Please mark your calendars for March 13 ~14 and look for details soon!

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。

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【お知らせ/Announcement】(日本語は下) CRASH Japan is happy to announce that after a break of three years, Helen Kwak has once again joined us. She will be heading up our Heart Care Department and restarting our Heart Care training programs. After working with CRASH during the 3.11 response in the Survivor Care department, Helen went on to help develop the DRCnet Chaplaincy training program, while earning her Masters in Human Services Counseling. She resigned from CRASH in the spring of 2017 in order to be with her son as he battled cancer in the states. After his passing she has returned to Japan, and worked to build a small counseling practice. Helen's passion is in developing relevant heart care training programs that will be valuable tools for pastors, lay persons, and disaster responders here in Japan. You will hear more about this in the future. Right now Helen is gathering a team of current and former staff, and planning an online global event for everyone who participated in CRASH's 3.11 disaster response. REFLECT and CONNECT (details coming soon) will be a space for us to reflect on where the last 10 years have led us, and reconnect with each other. Please mark your calendars for March 13 ~14 and look for details soon! クラッシュジャパンに心のケア部門の責任者として、心のケアトレーニングプログラムをリードするため郭ヘレンさんが3年ぶりに再び加わりました。 ヘレンさんは3.11のサバイバーケア部門でクラッシュに勤務した後、DRCnetチャプレンシーのトレーニングプログラムの開発に貢献し、同時にカウンセリングの修士号を取得しました。2017年春、癌と闘っていた息子さんとアメリカで一緒に過ごすためクラッシュを退職しました。 息子さんの死後、日本に戻り、カウンセリングの仕事をしています。 ヘレンさんには心のケアトレーニングプログラムを開発することへの熱意があり、それが日本の牧師、信徒、災害対応者のための貴重なツールとなることを願っています。 このプログラムについては今後情報発信していきます。 ヘレンさんは、現在のスタッフと元スタッフのチームを集め、2011年のクラッシュの3.11災害対応に参加した全ての人のためにグローバルなイベント「REFLECT and CONNECT」をオンラインで企画しています。 この「REFLECT and CONNECT」(詳細は近日発表)は、この10年を振り返り、お互いにつながりを取り戻す場となるでしょう。3月13日~14日の開催を予定しております。 ... See MoreSee Less

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