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.
(Update 2017-04-20: Video interview was removed within the past year. I hope to find another copy of it.)
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.
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.