Thank you so much for the prayers and support for Japan following the March 11 triple disaster. Below is a brief report sharing what Asian Access has had the privilege of participating in due to your contributions, prayers and service teams.
PHASE ONE: The last few months (Much of this in partnership with several churches and ministries)
1) Helped deliver over 30 tons of relief supplies— food, diapers, hygiene products, soap, toilet paper, bicycles, clothing, blankets, water and bedding. [Our staff purchased and delivered more than 2 tons of supplies the first week after the disaster alone.]
2) Even larger amounts of relief supplies have been facilitated in cooperation with major international Christian aid organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse and Food for the Hungry.
3) Facilitated several advance teams totaling over 100 volunteers mobilized into the disaster areas doing assessment, delivering supplies, shoveling mud out of homes, performing light demolition work, engaging in emotional care, praying with exhausted pastors, and countless other acts of simple kindness.
4) Helped coordinate more than 300 volunteers involved either part-time or full-time at CRASH headquarters answering phones, receiving and shipping relief supplies, preparing counseling resources, establishing communications channels for remote teams, updating the website, developing media resources to mobilize Christians worldwide, cooking meals for workers, etc.
5) Help launch regional bases for volunteer operations have spanning from the north to the south of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor zones;
Partnered with Churches Helping Churches, Billy Graham Association and Alpha/Japan in hosting "Oasis," a retreat for pastors and their spouses from the affected regions.
PHASE TWO: This Summer
1. We are looking to assist the work of several regional bases run by local churches throughout the summer months. These bases include the following key churches and networks:
Rev. Yoshiya Kondo
Morioka Bible Baptist Church
Iwate Network - http://311.ichurch.jp/
Rev. Yukikazu Otomo
Shiogama Bible Baptist Church
Oasis Chapel/Rifu Christ Church
Rev. Nobuyoshi Nagai
Tohoku Central Church/Kakudai Institute for Mission/Gospel Town
Pastor Nagai is also the leader of Alpha/Japan
Be One/Hope for Tohoku
Asian Access Missionary Staff and Summer Teams
2. Sending relief teams from churches around the world. These teams are currently serving primarily in Ishinomaki where some of the greatest needs have arisen. They will be in Tohoku over the course of the summer. For a terrific overview of what our Asian Access missionaries are involved in, go to this fantastic 9-minute video.
PHASE THREE: The future
Pastor Chida, who serves on our board in Japan, has shared some keen insight into how God is calling the Church of Japan to move toward an Acts 8:1 ministry philosophy: a scattered rather than a gathered model of church planting. He is highlighted in this video report praying for revival: "A Tsunami of Love"
Asian Access/Japan is preparing to partner with churches across Japan to be the hands and feet of Jesus and developing a longer term plan for holistic church multiplication. Various church groups are thinking of planting several churches:
Pastor Nagai (listed above) wants to see 100 new churches in the affected communities.
The Conservative Baptist Churches, inspired by Pastor Hiroshi Kawasaki – director of our work in Japan – JCGI Networks, is hoping to plant 50 new churches in the region
Pastor Kondo (listed above) is hoping to see churches planted in the essentially unreached coastal areas of Iwate
Pastor Masamoto Higa of International Family Church in Takasaki wants to see a church for all 86 communities that have been completely washed away.
Soon, we will be sending out a summary of what God has been doing in Japan but for now, we wanted you to know how much we appreciate your prayers, your support and the teams you've sent.
This is indeed a unique moment for the Church to rise up and be the hands and feet of Jesus during Japan's crucial hour of need. For ways to get involved, join us here.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the Japanese people.
Joe Handley, President