We visited Shichigahama to deliver relief supplies.
On Friday, March 25 we borrowed the car of Sendai Kita Church and delivered supplies to Shichigahama. (Under the guidance of Shigeo Aburatani(Sendai Kita church), Taku Noda (SCF) and Takafumi Sato (Nishi Tokyo District Higashimurayama Church) went to the area.)
On the way to Shichigahama, we passed Tagajo. All along the road there were many cars turned over, which was a testament to the enormity of this disaster.
When we came to the town of Shichigahama, we were shocked to see the ravage and flooded areas caused by the tsunami.
We asked a fisherman in Shichigahama what they need, and delivered vegetables, diapers, powdered milk and other supplies for babies, snacks for children, underwear, vacuum packed food, instant food, toilet paper and mouth wash.
This fisherman’s cooperative facilities were swept away so he opened up his personal workplace and storage area for relief efforts and has been involved in distribution of supplies. His own ships were swept away by the tsunami and have not been found. We were touched by this man who himself suffered from this disaster but still was committing himself to support the community.
The Shichigahama Volunteer Center now has huge quantities of relief supplies but are not able to distribute them to the places in need. We ask for your prayers and support in the effort to distribute the supplies to the places with greatest need.
reported by Takafumi Sato (SCF Volunteer)
We went to inspect Gilette House at Shichigahama,Tsukimi-misaki.
On Friday, March 25th, on our way to deliver goods to Shichigahama, we visted Gilette House, located in Shichigahama.
Gilette House is a log house on a hill facing the sea-coast at Tsukimi-misaki.
The UCCJ Sendai Kita Church built it for people of all ages to gather to pray, come together for sharing and fellowship, for the purpose of developing its mission and education. An American missionary by the name of Gilette, acquired the land in 1933 as a summer home, after which the place was made available as a site for church youth camps, and other than the war years, was a popular place for seminars until 1970.However the original building was becoming very old and so church related people and others who had fond memories there, gathered funds for rebuilding into a log house, completed in 1995.
And then Shichigahama was struck by the tsunami. Most of the houses in the area were washed away, but Gilette House on top of the hill was virtually safe. Please pray that electricity, gas, water and sewage will be restored and the day will come that Gilette House will be used again.
(The tsunami struck as far up as where the two are standing.)
(The point on the hill shows signs of collapsing)
reported by Takafumi Sato (SCF volunteer)