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God’s Plan is Big and Wonderful in Tohoku

Let’s praise the name of the Lord. I truly appreciate those who have been praying and supporting Tohoku. We feel the fresh autumn air and all the mountains are turning to beautiful autumn color here in Sendai.

    It has been 2 years and 8 months since the Great East Japan Earthquake and here in Tohoku there are differences in the pace of recovery in various areas. People are struggling with frustration that they can’t see the future, and they also often share the fear that even though they found a place to live, they need to prepare a large sum of money for moving out of temporary housing into regular housing. I know one person who couldn’t sleep well and couldn’t focus while he was driving and nearly caused a car accident. Also there are people who are finally beginning to open their hearts and start to share their distress and experiences after 2 years and 8 months. We feel it’s important for them to have a safe place to open their hearts. And moreover, believer’s testimony and Gospel are reaching those who never ever heard about Gospel before the earthquake. Recently the concert by Ron Brown was held at several locations in Tohoku and we could praise the Lord and sing together with a lot of people. After the concert people gladly said, “It was great and believing something gave us great strength! Christians are amazing.” I always saw and felt that after the meeting, people’s faces were full of smiles and they looked very satisfied. I’m sure that it is because God is with us and He is working among us. God loves the people in Tohoku and also loves the people who volunteer and always gives grace to them. I’m always amazed by God great huge plan and wonderfulness. I have great expectations of what God will do in this disaster area.

    Please continue to pray and support the disaster survivors.                                     

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OPERATIONSAFE PHILIPPINES HAIYAN REPORT

During the months of April and May 2014, nine OperationSAFE camps were held in Eastern Samar, Philippines providing psychosocial support for 895 children.  Together with the first camp held earlier in Quinapondan the total number of children attending has been 1,077.

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Five camps were held in April and another four camps were conducted in May in six municipalities; Balangkayan, Quinapondan, Hernani, Giporlos, Balangiga and Lawaan.

CRASH Japan provided curriculum and on the field training and funding for the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network who worked together with municipal governments, NGO’s and a core team of 14 volunteers from local churches.

Major funding for OperationSAFE came from humedica e.V., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and support raised by school children in Japan and the U.S.

 

 

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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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