Wednesday, June 15, 2011

YWAM Japan National Office Outreach to Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, April 27-29, 2011

One YWAM Japan National Office team member volunteered through the Global Mission Center, a ministry of Taira Christ Church in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Along with other volunteers, she went to three gymnasiums which had become shelters for disaster victims. They brought spring clothes, laying them out neatly and helping people to find what they needed. At that time they had enough winter clothes, but needed lighter clothing. They also gave warm foot-baths with water from a hot spring, plus shoulder massages. Later, volunteers also helped clean inside a house.
Inside this building, you can see damage caused by the disasters.
In the evacuation shelter, each family had only a square of space to live in. It was touching to see an elementary school boy doing his homework on top his school backpack as a make-shift desk, a young couple with a two month old baby, and to hear from a physically disabled lady about running with all her might to escape the tsunami.
Before and after each day’s volunteer activities, there was lots of worship and prayer. Although the staff and church members at Global Mission Center were very busy and surely tired, they were full of the love and joy of Christ. God will surely use them for a great harvest in Iwaki and elsewhere in Tohoku.

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