Returning to Ishinomaki, we have been blessed to meet and build relationships with many people up there; many with whom we have worked before. During one of our trips, one man started a conversation with a team member about God and Christianity’s history in Japan. He expressed that Christians are a light because they believe that heaven awaits those who believe in Christ. He would like to try and read the Bible again, but can't find the time to do it. Another volunteer openly expressed his deep interest in Christianity. Another man expressed his desire to start reading the Bible; we were able to give him one by the end of the trip. We pray that our relationship with these friends would continue and that they may know the love of the Lord for them soon!
While we were there, a two-day festival was held. One DTS student who attended the festival was able to speak with someone about the loss of their loved one in the tsunami. On the
Spirit’s prompting, he sensed that the widowed man just needed a hug. He offered him a hug and immediately the man broke down and began to wail on his shoulder, overcome with mourning and love.
There is still so much we can do to help rebuild Tohoku -- not only for their physical well-being. Please continue to keep Tohoku, Japan, in prayer.
|Candles at a local festival in Ishinomaki.|