Prayer Request: During this summer, there has already been a 40% increase in heat-related illnesses. [Source: NHK World news report, July 28, 2011.] Please pray especially for the evacuees who are living in shelters or other temporary housing where there may not be air conditioners or adequate numbers of electric fans to cool the occupants.
Encouraging News: In the past, oyster farmers in Japan's tsunami-hit region worked alone. However, they are now working together to rebuild the wooden rafts on which the strings of oysters can be harvested in the future. Although they have differing opinions on how best to do things, they are cooperating in joint farming efforts to quickly reestablish their businesses.