I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Report from ADRA Japan re Earthquake Response



·         An ADRA staff member arrived in Fukushima. Though there was some damage, the situation is somewhat under control. Based on the assessment and discussion at the Prefecture Council, there is not much support required, so ADRA Japan staff will continue heading north, aiming to reach Sendai city, where the damage was extreme.
·         ADRA Japan responded initially attending people that were stranded in the central Tokyo area. A temporary rest area was set up at the Tokyo Central Adventist Church as the subway and trains were not available for people to return home and the streets were too cold for stranded people to spend the night. ADRA Japan responded to approximately 200 people in those initial operations.
·         ADRA Japan is planning to work hand in hand with the Japan Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
·         Chris Ishii, ADRA Japan’s Executive Director, arrived safely at the ADRA Japan Tokyo office. Chris was attending a meeting close to the Haneda Airport when the earthquake struck. Due to the lack of available public transportation, he had to spend the night where the meeting was held.
·         ADRA Japan has dispatched an assessment team to the affected area with 2 vehicles loaded with distribution materials such as plastic sheets and food. They are planning to distribute hot meals to 1,000 people at evacuation centres in the area. Beneficiaries will be selected in cooperation with each concerned city or municipality.
·         Atsushi Suhara, ADRA Japan Program Officer, flew to Natori with the Civic Force (Emergency Response Team, Japan) to assess the level of the damage. The damage was so devastating that Atsushi ran out of words to utter. You can see his pictures at http://blog.canpan.info/adrajapan/category_29/
·         First reports indicate how much people appreciate ADRA Japan’s efforts:
-           "Is it possible to get a Onigiri (Japanese traditional rice-ball) here? I learned from Twitter that you are supporting people who could not go home tonight," a middle-aged lady entered into the ADRA Japan’s rest-area. She was offered some food and tea, and she rested for a while. When she left, she said “Thank you very much for your help – please use this to buy more food and tea for other people in need,” and she handed 3,000 yen (approximately $25) to ADRA Japan staff.
-           “Is there anything I can do?” A young man who received some food and tea at the rest-area stood up from his chair, tapped one of the ADRA Japan staff member’s shoulder. He kindly volunteered to assist the operations.
·         Initial updates from the Education Department of the Japan Union Conference:
-     A junior high school in Ibaraki prefecture (north of Tokyo, south of Sendai) is damaged – the chapel roof fell off, major cracks have developed in the wall of boy’s dormitory, street walls near teacher’s houses fell down, and a major road connecting the school to town is damaged.
-     The elementary school in Chiba prefecture is about 10 km away from the oil terminal that caught fire, but sustained no major damage.
-     The junior high school in Ibaraki sustained major damage.
-     Other schools are all fine. 
·        The ADRA network has pledged financial support to the relief efforts. ADRA Canada will contribute $8,000 initially. Depending on the response from our donors we may increase our support.  Your donations to ADRA Canada will make a difference! Donate online or by phone.

Houses swept out to sea burn following the tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire. "Reuters/Yomiuri, courtesy Trust.org - AlertNet".


Subject: Here's some Amazing SDA News from Japan!

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Hello everyone,

Just thought you may be interested in the following incredible story that we heard from the Tokorozawa Seventh-day Adventist church today.

On 11th March at 2:46 p.m. a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast off the city of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture recently. Most buildings were flattened in the earthquake, and minutes later, a huge tsunami followed, and swallowed everything in its path. In Miyagino district the earthquake flattened almost everything. The ensuing tsunami swallowed almost everything in its past. TV pictures have shown what appears to be absolute devastation in the area. It has been recognized as the most heavily damaged area in this disaster. Most homes were lost. Most, but not all was lost.

There was a shelter in the midst of the storm. It has been reported that the tsunami waves reached 40 – 50 meters high. These huge waves, somehow were unable to flood one small piece of land. Mountains of water mysteriously did not touch one piece of land. That land was special to someone. It was a place where people come to worship Sabbath after Sabbath. Yes, the destruction was severe, but in the raging flood and the shaking earthquake, there was a place that was not destroyed. Many will probably not believe it even if they saw it with their own eyes; but believe it or not, the SDA church there still stands as of today - undamaged.

The church pastor was wondering how many people could show up for church that Sabbath, 12th March. Three people managed to attend church. According to the report today, all the church members have been verified as being safe. No life was lost among the church members.

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." 1Cor.2:9

Daniel Mahr

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