"Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation."
This week marked 1.5 years since the great disasters that struck Northeastern Japan. The few articles that made note of this significant date highlighted the fact that there are over 3,000 people still missing! I took this occasion to write a letter of thanks
to all of you who contributed towards the Japan Relief Fund, enabling the OPC to formulate a response, a ministry of mercy, to those lives turned upside down from the tri-fold disaster of disasters that struck homes, families, communities, towns and regions. Your contributions of money, time and prayers has enabled this response effort, done in the name of Christ, to move forward! This letter, chock full of photos, includes an exhaustive summary of the OPC Japan Disaster Response effort. (Here is a pdf of the letter of thanks.
Even as this disaster has faded from the minds of most, it remains front and center for many, and our missionaries in the Sendai area continue to have the ability to use this opportunity, even as they demonstrate the compassion of Christ, to also speak of that hope that extends beyond the matters of this world. Please continue to lift up the Cummings in your prayers, as Cal serves as the Interim Director for the Nozomi Center. Pray that the Lord would provide the right staffing necessary to keep that work going as more and more ministry opportunities develop in that area.
At this point, our efforts in Japan are not lacking finances, thanks to the generosity of the church. The Lord has enabled us to stretch the dollars far beyond what we ever imagined, such that there is still $167,000 remaining to be used. On the other hand, we are currently experiencing a lack of skilled workers. The existing construction project in Ishinomaki, mentioned in several recent STORM Reports (the article has since been updated to include a detailed description of the work to be completed
), requires many workers, but the response has still been low.
Friends, if you know of able-bodied workers in your church, gifted with construction skills who can spare 2 weeks of their time, please urge them to consider this opportunity. The Japan Relief Fund will cover their travel expenses, if needed. We really need their time and man-power. If we don't hear more responses this week, we will have to approach other denominations to provide the workers. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please pray for this need for workers.
Yours in Christ,
David NakhlaShort-Term Missions & Disaster Response Coordinator