This was published by MTW and we wanted to make sure we passed this along. At the bottom are some specific ways to pray for Japan.
June 10, 2011 – Update from MTW
Approximately 25,000 people lost their lives in Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami. And even in the country that is arguably the best prepared and organized for disaster in the world, many of its citizens are still homeless, living in shelters, or houses unfit for habitation. The Tohoku East Coast, made up of small coastal fishing villages and small cities is also the least churched. Many people are leaving, except in Sendai, a city of 1.4 million and Ishinomaki with a population of 160,000.
The Presbyterian Church of Japan (PCJ) has no churches in the area, but there are a few other evangelical churches with whom they can partner. Relief efforts have changed from carrying supplies to carrying love. MTW missionaries and Japanese church members are serving hot meals, performing concerts, playing with children, giving massages, and just listening. And they are making friends and opening doors for long-term relationships.
PICTURE OF THE FUTURE?
(as stated by MTW country director Dan Iverson)
Our church-planting teams and the PCJ are all praying that God will open doors for the gospel in Japan as never before.
We are praying about renting a good facility or even purchasing land and building. Having a physical footprint in a community is vital to a long-term relationship that can bring gospel transformation to individuals and communities.
So far, we are concentrating on the area around Ishinomaki. We plan to have a full time staff member, a permanent facility, and eventually, a church-planting team there. We hope to have many short-term teams come. We have opportunities to work with children, elderly, families, and perhaps even jump-starting business ventures.
Also see Dan’s video “Should We Leave Japan?”
In addition to the dreams mentioned by Dan, please pray for the commitment, stamina, and health of the MTW teams in Japan and for the members of the PCJ who are struggling to answer God’s call and respond to the door He has opened.
Thank you for giving and praying!