Update from Japan after the Earthquake

On Friday, March 11, 2011, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit northern Japan, leaving 1,600 confirmed dead (with the toll rising), massive aftershocks threatening meltdowns at several nuclear reactors, and widespread devastation.

Pastor Makoto Fukuda of Grace City Church Tokyo and his staff witnessed much of the terror in Tokyo and are mobilizing as quickly as possible to send volunteers and materials for relief, as well as to aid their neighbors in Tokyo in repairing roofs and damage, and to provide pastoral ministry to a shaken city.

Seima Aoyagi, an alumnus of our International Intensive last fall, is working with GCC and has written an update at his blog.  You can follow the progress of the relief efforts there or on MTW's Facebook page. MTW missionary Dan Iverson, who has spent 24 years in Japan, is now organizing relief trips through the local churches in Chiba, sending supplies such as water and gasoline to the north.

To give to the relief efforts of these missionaries and churches following the earthquake, please go to mtw.org or jema.org.  

To give to the ministry of Grace City Church Tokyo, which will be ministering to spiritual needs in center-city Tokyo following the quake, please visit their website or send a check to:

Redeemer City to City
1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Please pray for Japan, and for all who are ministering in this country.