Posted by: whereintheworldismike | March 13, 2012

Here and there

Had prayer with the Be One group in Ishinomaki on the beach on the anniversary of the triple disaster that hit the area so hard (March 11). Everywhere we went, we saw groups in their mourner’s black garb gathering in clusters and lighting candles of remembrance. We’re praying God will use Be One, Asian Access, and many others who serve Jesus to effectively show grieving residents the Hope that does not disappoint. As we prayed it was eery to think of how this ocean that seems so peaceful now rose up and swallowed so many thousands of people so suddenly.

One of my concerns is that expatriate missionaries will cluster together in Ishinomaki and other devastated areas automatically relegating residents to “client status”: observers who sample the wares and greet one another but who do not take Christ’s yoke upon themselves–leaving that for the many foreigners who work so hard to provide for their physical and emotional needs in the name of Christ.

Moving on to Tokyo:

 

 

It was so fun to get together with old friends in Tokyo who we hadn’t seen for about 5 years (Mike) or 8 years (Stac). It was fun to sense that God has been working in them and that, indeed, “friends are friends forever if the Lord is the Lord of them.” It was humbling to learn that this family sees us as “daionjin” which means “great benefactors” who introduced them to Jesus, who is their sustainer and close friend. S and R and their parents were excited to meet Stac again and reported that their old ballet teacher still refers to Stac as one of her star students…eh?!

 


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