The June typhoon was not all that headlined for us here in Sendai. We were pleased to host a great group of Texans from the BGCT. Twelve individuals from all over Texas came to help the people of Japan. One of the areas we visited was Tono in Iwate Prefecture. The BGCT has been in contact with the Japan Baptist Convention since the March 11th earthquake. The BGCT has supported the JBC with their disaster relief work in multiple ways.
One of the needs of the temporary housing units is a place to meet. Although displaced, the housing units have become vital communities and having a place to meet in large area’s is crucial. We pray that the friendship between the convention and the warm heart people of Otsushi Town will continue.
The Texas team handed out hand crafted bags of gifts donated by the generous churches of Texas. Iwate is not one of our usual areas of ministry due to its three hour drive. But, we are in close contact with the church leaders in the area who are working with the temporary housing units. They were so blessed by the Texas team. It can be very lonely at times to be away from other churches. We are glad the Texas team members met the Christian leaders in that area.
The team also got a chance to see one of the schools destroyed by the tsunami. Yet to be demolished, the baseball diamond behind the school is still used today.
Thank you Texas for loving on the people of Iwate and we would ask that you remember to pray for the ministry of the church leaders as they minister to the people there.