Monday, June 20, 2011

Outreach Team to Kamaishi and Ishonomaki, April 30-May 5, 2011

Team: 4 YWAM Tokyo team members, 3 YWAM Kona team members, 3 Japanese 
In Kamaishi City, an unaffected apartment complex is used to house about 120 evacuees. They are under the care of volunteers that cook for the community and try to meet the needs of the current residents. One of the problems they have run into is that they seem to be semi-overlooked by the government. Their requests are not always met as efficiently as needed. This being the case, we have been able to form a relationship with the volunteer core team and help provide supplies. Much of the food being served at the complex has been mainly rice dishes, lacking protein. Realizing this, we got to do Takidashi (something like a Japanese BBQ) with them. Though our intent was for them to just relax and eat, we were amazed at their participation. They prepared a variety of side dishes to share with us, blessing us more than our desire to bless them! I was reminded of the true spirit of the Japanese: hospitality and servant-heartedness. They wanted us to be part of their community and by doing so they shared so much with us, despite all that has happened.

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