Dear Praying Friends,
Much has happened since we last wrote. Our leadership met the first week with Baptist Global Response team folks to talk about disaster relief. We met to talk about our personnel’s safety in regard to the nuclear power plant situation. Acting on the information that we had last week, we relocated to Osaka on Sunday for a few days because of the unstable nuclear power plant. We waited in Tokyo until our unit from Sendai arrived, met them and took them down with us. Tak did a round trip to Tokyo for an important meeting between our mission and the ministry of Education on Tuesday and then on Thursday we returned to Tokyo to begin preparations to take relief supplies to a town north of Sendai. That town, Ishinomaki, was almost obliterated by the tsunami.
On Monday, we take two van loads of supplies to the quake/tsunami zone. What a joy to work with people we have seen come to the Lord and give their lives to serve Christ. We will be going with the Japan Baptist Convention’s north Kanto Association on Monday with a young pastor who was a college student at the church we pastored here in Tokyo in the late 80’s. We will be taking food to a Bible Baptist church on Monday. This church will pass out the supplies to the neighborhood. The pastor’s wife was saved when we pastored at Tomisato near Narita airport. We will also take food, water and clothes to the parents of a young man who was saved and baptized during our ministry in Yokosuka. All of these young people are dear to our hearts and we are thankful to be here to minister to them and together with them to others.
Our son who grew up in the church with the young people will also be going with us and driving one of the vans. Pray for safety as we travel and pray that we will take the things that the people need right now.
Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, for those who are homesless, especially for the children who have lost their homes, their parents. Pray they will come to know Jesus who wants to be their Savior and Friend and give them hope!!
Claiming His promises for the Japanese for His Glory,
Tak and Lana