On the 28th, with the guidance of Rev. Kim Byong Ho, Pastor of KCCJ Chofu Church in Tokyo, The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Korea Rev.Ahn, Hong Cheol, Dept. of Social Service Ministry and Rev.Choi, Sae Geon , Pastor of Sontanhanmaum Church visited the Tohoku District Disaster Relief Center. We received 200 solar powered lamps as relief supplies to the disaster areas and 1 million yen as donation.
Next, they plan to visit the Oh-u District Office as well as Ohfunato and Kamaishi.
We report with gratitude.
Sato Takafumi（ＳＣＦ Volunteer）
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