We delivered relief supplies to several churches within Sendai.
The churches that we delivered supplies to day are the following churches:
– Sendai Itsutsubashi Church,
– Miyagino Aisen Church,
– Sendai Higashi Church.
We plan to continue to make rounds of other churches as well.
Sendai still has insufficient supplies of gasoline, so we are delivering supplies to churches by bicycle. We delivered the goods donated by many people, such as portable cassette cooking stoves and cassette bombs, vegetables, vacuum packed food, (disposable) pocket warmers.
Of the churches we visited today, at Sendai Higashi Church there are still some members taking shelter there and will take time to rebuild. And at each church, elderly members need help to clean up their home as well as help with tasks like fetching water.
Our plans include not only continuing with delivery of needed supplies but to coordinate with churches and church members to help with community volunteer efforts.
(Reported by Shinichiro Asayama)
1) The relief supplies that have arrived from many people.
2) Sorting through the goods. Checking on how many of what supplies to send.
3) The group departing by bicycle to deliver the relief supplies.
Delivery to relief supplies to Ishinomaki and Morioka on March 22.
Each day many supplies are being sent from people from all regions of Japan.
We are grateful for all of your support.
Today we delivered relief supplies to churches in regions that suffered severe damage due to the tsunami – in Ishinomaki and Morioka.
Reverend Takada (Pastor of Sendai Kawadaira Church) and Mr. Matsumoto (Acting Director of Emmaus Center) headed to Ishinomaki.
In Ishinomaki, the scars left from the tsunami are deep, and we hear that water lines are still out. Gas and kerosene are still of short supply, and people are happy to receive any supplies if delivered. Next they will need volunteers to help carry water and to clean up houses that were flooded by water.
Reverend Konishi of Sendai Kita Church headed to Ou District.
In Ou District, houses in Miyako and Kamaishi (towns) were devastated, and the church kindergarden is full of rubble that flowed in and is in disastrous condition. We still do not have information on what kinds of supplies each church in Ou Kyoku is in need of, but we predict that much support will be needed.
(Reported by Shinichiro Asayama)
1) Rev. Konishi and others heading for Morioka
2) Rev. Takada and Director Matsumoto heading to Ishinomaki
Tohoku Disaster Relief Center – Announcement and Request
Letter Addressed to churches in Tohoku District
From Moderator Takahashi and Reverend Kataoka
Summary in English:
To all who have suffered from the earthquake and are in deep sorrow, we send our sympathy and pray for God’s support and comfort. We at the Tohoku District have established a Disaster Relief Center at “Emmaus Center” and have begun relief activities. At the moment we are delivering relief supplies to churches and through churches to the communities.
We are currently accepting donations of necessary supplies. However, the goods that are most needed may change. We may need to decline some donations, so please contact the Relief Center to confirm. We are also not able to go to receive donations and so we ask your cooperation to bring or send the goods.