Below is video from ABC News10 in Sacramento, California. Missionary with WorldVenture in Japan John Houlette and pastors that partner with our ministry from Sendai were interviewed about the recent 9.0 earthquake and tsunami last Friday.
My ministry leaders in Tokyo recent emailed me and communicated that they are expecting my arrival soon. In light of the situation in Japan thay asked me “to challenge people to get you over here!” I am currently raising financial support to move back to Japan and am on the edge of my seat to continue serving in ministry with WorldVenture and help any way needed with disaster relief.
WorldVenture in partnership with the JEMA (Japan Evangelical Missionary Association) are coordinating relief efforts with CRASH Japan. CRASH (Christian Relief, Assistance, Support, and Hope) is a network supporting Christians to do relief work in Japan and around the world. CRASH equips and prepares churches and missions to help their communities when disasters strike and coordinates Christian volunteers to work with local ministries in the event of a disaster. Their Command Center has been setup at WorldVenture Japan’s main office in Higashi Kurume just outside Tokyo and recently held a disaster relief meeting attended by about 100 people with representatives from different missions agencies and relief organizations, a news team was also present.
The current goals and focus of CRASH Japan are…
- To Establish 6 Regional Bases of Operation from which we can send volunteers.
Region 1 – Fukushima
Region 2 – South Sendai
Region 3 – North Sendai
Region 4 – Minamisanriku
Region 5 – Morioka
Region 6 – Hachinohe
- To give volunteers brief training in safety and trauma before they depart to one of these bases at Higashi Kurume.
- To provide support, information and expertise to every church, denomination or group who is sending volunteers through these 6 regional bases or to other areas on their own.
Currently I am at 75% of monthly financial support needs, after 100% is pledged I will be cleared to purchase a plane ticket to Japan. I ask that you would prayerfully consider partnering financially with me via monthly commitment of $100, $75, $50, or however much you feel led. I also receive special one time gifts and have placed instructions for donations on the Giving tab, all financial contributions to me through WorldVenture are tax deductible. I am focusing all of my efforts to moving back to Tokyo and hope to return sometime early April for several years at minimum, but am open to living there longer. If you would like to receive my monthly prayer newsletters please email me at info [at] jesuslovesjapan [dot] com.
Thank you for your support, let’s keep praying for Japan! This current disaster will effect Japan for many years to come. But Jesus is very much alive and has a purpose in all things.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to his purpose.