Report from visit and attending worship services at Tajiri and Tome Churches（March 27）
Third Sunday of Lent, Attending worship service at Tajiri Church and Tome Church in northern Miyagi Prefecture.
With Dr. Narato of JOCS（Japan Overseas Christian Medical Cooperative Service）and Yoshihiko Watanabe of Sendai JOCS, I visited the northern part of the prefecture to find out the medical situation there.
Tajiri Church had just built a new church and parsonage. Rev. Kokubo Tatshunosuke said that if it were the old church and parsonage, they would certainly lost their lives.
Tome Church worship service is from 2 pm. The Miura family worships with the pastor.
Mr.Miura is an elementary school teacher at Minami Sanriku-cho. After the earthquake, he spent two nights with the children at the school. At night, they slept on the floor of the school, spending the night by covering each child with newspaper. Since then, he has been busy with follow up and so on Sunday he was depleted of energy and in bed.
Afterwards, we stopped by Ishinomaki Eiko Church and heard how the tsunami came very close to the doors of he church and parsonage.
That day, the Bible verse read at Tajijri Church was I Peter 4:7： 「The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert, to be able to pray.」
Pastor Kokubo said that as Christians, we endeavor to listen to God only, to open our eyes, and that it is important to be always ready to respond to God’s call. It was a day in which I was reminded that I want to be ready with faith that God’s call is here with the people in their pain and needs.
Jeffrey Mensendiek（Sendai Student Center, Director）
[Official Announcement] We are receiving supplies – Report #2
UCCJ Tohoku Disaster Relief Center
Tohoku District Moderator, Disaster Relief Center Director, Kazuhito Takahashi
Tohoku District Mission Committee Chari, Etsuya Kataoka
We give praise in God’s name.
We thank you for your prayers and support for the work of our Center.
Ever since the establishment of the UCCJ Tohoku Disaster Relief Center on March 15, we have received supplies sent from churches throughout the country. We are grateful.
We are now concentrating our efforts in delivery of these goods to Ishinomaki and areas where the damage was most severe. However, there are raw vegetables that need to be used soon. So, if there are members of your church who have difficulty going shopping for food, we would like to share these items as soon as possible. Please let us know if there is a need. We will deliver to your church. (There is a limit to the supplies and we ask for your understanding should we not be able to provide what you request.)
– Open from 9 am to 5pm, Weekends included.
– Please contact us first (Let us know what you need and the quantity you wish to have.)
– This is the second notice we are sending to Sendai area churches.
– Please share with your church members and acquaintances.
The Center activities are being reported in the following blog: http://ameblo.jp/jishin-support-uccj/
1-13-6 Nishikicho, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Emao nai, Tohoku Disaster Relief Center
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)