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Hope Amid Devastation in Japan

Over the past weeks ABC has been in touch directly with Alumnus ('95) RoseAnn (Reese) Ezaki. RoseAnn lives with her husband and children in Tokyo, Japan. Below is a snap shot of her testimony and first-hand knowledge of life on the ground in Japan.

March 16-18, 2011
Following the initial earthquake my husband remained in Tokyo to begin his new job while my 2 daughters (ages 5 and almost 3) and I have gone to be with my mother in the countryside. We thank God Tokyo is still standing though the aftershock and and other earthquakes continue to shake the land. Currently the death toll has surpassed that of the earthquake in Japan in May of '95. It is now around 6,500.

Since arriving at my mothers we have spent time gathering clothing and such that another local church missionary and pastor will be taking up to the affected areas. My mother has had opportunities to share the Peace of God in the midst of these circumstances with English students seeking peace. It is NOW that missionary work is needed. Many missionaries are faced with the decision of whether to stay or leave. Please pray for the Christians and Missionaries.

Many are asking what they can do to help. Personally, we are not needing anything. However, I would like to suggest a Christian relief group that is working hand in hand with missionaries and Christians, CRASH Japan (Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope), a non-profit established for just a time as this, exists to help victims of disasters. We have experienced people who know the culture and language on the ground ready to assess the situation and then take appropriate action. Please consider how YOU might be able to help right now by giving a donation that will “kick start” our Tokyo based disaster relief initiative.

March 20, 2011
Among the people working to help cool the reactors at the nuclear power plant (connecting the hoses of the fire trucks to shoot water into the reactors) are 5 Christian men from the Fukushima First Baptist Church. The leader's name is Mr. Sato. Of course not only do these men need prayer, but all the men on the front lines working and sacrificing their lives for the lives of the Japanese people. Pray that the winds would be toward the ocean and away from them. Pray that they would be successful in their work, pray for their families, and pray that they would be a light to the others around them.

In addition, 2 churches in our area have packed up 2, two-ton trucks and will be driving up north to 2 separate churches to deliver food, kerosene, water, clothing, and additional supplies. Pray for their safety and that the items will be then passed on to the needy and that the love of God will be shared as well. It has been tiring, yet a blessing to be able to help gather, organize and box these goods.

March 23, 2011
The death toll is now over 8,600, we are missing over 13,000 and there are 340,000 evacuees. This morning after 7:00 a.m. there have been 3 rather large (over 5.0) aftershocks probably from the first 9.0 earthquake. So we are still on edge. Thank you for your work which will help more people know the situation better and be able to pray for Japan and the so many lost souls here.

Just as these five men and the Ezaki family bring physical hope through their God-given responsibilities, pray that they and other believers in Japan will continue to see lives impacted with the hope of Jesus Christ through their bold and uncompromising testimony.

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