Prayers for Japan
A letter from a missionary in Tokyo
Dear family, friends, and prayer supporters,
What an unforgettable last 6 days.
Every day we are experiencing earthquakes, some smaller, some larger, and
the earth never seems to want to settle down. There is
another one just as I am writing this email.
Even though the immediate Tokyo area was relatively unscathed from the big
earthquake and tsunamis, we are feeling the effects very
much. Most staples like rice and bread, milk, canned goods, instant
noodles, bottled water, etc are completely sold out in almost
all stores. Gasoline is severely rationed, and when a gas station does get
gas, it causes lines of up to 1 mile long of cars.
There are even half mile lines in front of closed stations of cars hoping
that the station may open sometime. I was blessed and had
to wait less than an hour to fill up gas yesterday, but they would not fill
the portable gas containers I had brought along.
Electricity supply is also severely strained, and we are experiencing
rolling blackouts. Yesterday we had to eat supper by
candlelight, and today we had another blackout in the afternoon. Trains are
starting to run more normal, but with cut back
Now with the nuclear reactor troubles, some people are scared to be in the
area or outside. At work we were asked if any in our
family was pregnant or had very small children, as they may have to take
Because of all these trouble, my workplace has told all of us to stay home
all week, and work from home if possible.
We have continued to work with CRASH, and things are definitely coming
together to set up bases throughout the affected region where
volunteers can be centered to carry on relief missions. They are locating
churches in each area, so that our efforts will help of
course the local Christians, but also the local communities through these
churches. One of the first they have set up is with the
Meysen group in Sendai. This is where my family went to summer camps 2 and
4 years ago, so we are quite familiar with it. I have
attached an email below from Nathan, one of the leaders there, and it gives
a good presentation of what is going on in Sendai, the
largest city in the affected areas. I think they have it better than some
other towns in the area, especially those nearer the
From CRASH there will be 2 vehicles going up to Sendai tomorrow at 7AM, a
truck and our large van, filled with many supplies,
including some bibles/tracts, as well as 7-8 workers. I will be travelling
with Mr. Eby, my math teacher in high school of almost
30 years ago. At these emergency times, going on certain roads requires
special government permission, so I had to go to the police
station in Hachioji this morning, and only after providing concrete evidence
that I will indeed go on relief mission, was issued a
special sticker for the van. These are not always easy to get, but God
graciously opened that door.
But I feel like the boy who brought 5 small loaves of bread to Jesus to feed
more than 5000 people. How can our feeble efforts
really help to ease such great suffering that people are experiencing right
now? My prayer is that the Lord will use these small
loaves that we have and multiple them many times over.
I get the same question from so many people: “How can we help?”
Here are a few suggestions.
* Please pray for all of the relief efforts that are going on, and for the
many volunteers that are a part of it, for both physical
and spiritual strength, and for Godly wisdom in making right decisions.
* Pray for the Japanese people to realize that they really can’t control
their destiny, and that there is an almighty God who is
control. That their hearts would be opened to the Truth.
* Pray that as we travel tomorrow we could travel safely (there was heavy
snow falling today) and be able to find enough gasoline to
get there and back.
* Pray that the supplies will get to the people in great need.
* Pray that 2 large shipments of supplies (one from Okinawa, one from the
US) that are planned to arrive tomorrow can get to the
affected areas in good time.
* Donate through your church, or personally at the link on this page:
* If you are in Japan, please see the list of needs in Nathan’s email below,
and donate items, as many as you can.
You can find out some more details at the CRASH forum at:
(It may take a few tries before you see the page)
Thank you for your concern and prayers.
God’s blessings on each one of you.