Nozomi Project started in 2012 as a response to Japan's terrible tsunami in 2011. And through this creative ministry, God is making something beautiful out of something broken.
Sue Takamoto of Asian Access, through Be One Network, launched Nozomi Project (or "Hope" Project) to provide employment, dignity, biblical community and hope for women whose lives were broken by the disaster. Using broken shards of ceramic pottery, these workers create beautiful pieces of jewelry—not only as a way to make sustainable income, but more importantly to put their lives back together. The waves ruthlessly took away their loved ones, their homes and their hope; Nozomi Project is gracefully helping these women put the pieces back together.
Regarding this 'beauty from brokenness,' the Nozomi Project website says:
"As broken shards are being transformed into beautiful treasures, so too lives are being filled with renewed dignity and hope."
Christianity Today has just done a wonderful article on Nozomi Project, entititled: "Beauty from Broken Things" (written by Alanna Foxwell-Baraja, July 26, 2013):
Sue shared in the CT article:
"God can take broken pottery and broken women who think that life is over for them and do anything he wants. We are in the midst of seeing God do amazing things."
This is a story of God's ongoing, unrelenting grace toward the broken-hearted, carried out through His willing servants.
Watch this overview of this tremendous project... then join us in praying for God to do the amazing.
- Nozomi Project (Above photos courtesy of Nozomi Project.)
- Sue Takamoto's blog
- Be One Network - Tohoku Aid
- Watch video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg1y6PuXjDE
- Eric & Sue Takamoto's staff profile