When faced with the raw devastation of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, my words feel foolishly small.

The photos and videos of the destruction are utterly surreal. None, for me, more so than this one below. What begins as a seemingly harmless, ankle-deep flow of water quickly turns into a raging torrent, wiping out cars and even buildings:

Rise Up to Serve

In the summer of 2008, I was privileged to lead a team that partnered with Katsuda Church in Hitachinaka, Japan. There are very few Christians in Japan — most estimates are less than one percent of the population. The good people of Katsuda Church demonstrated such warmth, hospitality, and grace. We were humbled to learn from them, and excited for the church they were planting in a nearby town — the first Christian church in that particular city.

We are still trying to get a hold of our friends from Katsuda Church to find out if they are alright.

The organization that connected us with Katsuda Church, Asian Access, has set up a Japan Tsunami Relief Fund. From Asian Access:

So, we are poised and ready to respond and now looks like the kairos moment for the church to rise up and make a difference, and in so doing, see transformation happen on multiple levels (spiritual, physical, social, etc.). We are networking with the Church across the nation to mobilize the body of Christ for action and we invite you to join us in this ‘kairos” opportunity.

Pray for Japan, for the Church and for us as we prepare to come alongside the Church and other partners to deliver aid and respond with well-prepared teams as the opportunities arise.

Ways to Help

  • CRASH (Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope) Japan: “A network supporting Christians to do relief work in Japan and around the world.  CRASH equips and prepares churches and missions to be there to help their communities when disasters strike and coordinates Christian volunteers to work with local ministries in the event of a disaster.”
  • Evangelical Covenant Church: “Covenant World Relief is responding to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan with our sister denomination, the Japan Covenant Church.”
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: “This designated account supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering to enable a significant response for relief and disasters in Japan.”
  • World Vision: “World Vision plans to distribute relief supplies to meet the daily needs of quake and tsunami survivors. We will also focus our efforts on responding to the emotional needs of children, who are the most impacted after such a traumatic event.”

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.