The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left hundreds of thousands homeless while the death toll continues to rise into the thousands. We as God's Church have many opportunities to support those who are suffering in Japan. This tragedy reminds us of how small and vulnerable we are as human beings. More importantly, while many have lost homes and are without food, even more people in Japan are without the Gospel. Japan is a nation where less than 2% are Christian. Our missionaries first and foremost ask for your prayers as they reach out spiritually and physically to their neighbors. Below is information that will help you stay in touch with what is going on in Japan through Lutheran Brethren missionaries and the local Japan Lutheran Brethren Church.
From Missionaries Dean and Linda Bengtson (May 17th-19th):
After working in Shintate for the past three weeks the doors to this neighborhood are swinging wide open! There's a new sense of hope in Shintate! Opening and cleaning the street gutters has opened this neighborhood...
It was another amazing day...we now have requests for help from 7 neighbors! And we've had chances to talk with many more! (I spent most of the day visiting with neighbors.) Today began with mucking gutters and power washing them clean, removing floors at one house, mudding out at two houses, helping a couple remove a washing machine full of two month old tsunami water (very gross job!). That was all followed by a neighborhood/volunteer lunch prepared by Mrs. Moriya and Co. & a mini concert by Miki Howard (Miki McKenzie who appeared on Nippon Television about 30 years ago. Miki is a Christian with a heart for Japanese people.).
I'm finding it amazing what God is doing in "Shintate"...we have a dream for this area to really be "Shin" (New)!
Click here to see photos and more about the work in Japan at the CLB Network.
(Visit Faith & Fellowship Facebook page for more updates)
This video was posted purely for informational purposes. The CLB is not associated with Operation Blessing, but the video gives us a good idea of the disaster and living conditions. We still ask that you pray for all relief efforts in Japan
How to Give:
The Church of the Lutheran Brethren has set up a relief fund. You can mail in your donation or give through our online giving program.
Click on the link below and look for the line titled "Japan Disaster Relief."
Or mail your donation to (indicate that it is for "Japan Disaster Relief"):
Church of the Lutheran Brethren
PO Box 655
Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0655
Below are several resources, including a PowerPoint presentation with general prayer requests for our missionaries as they continue their ministry in Japan. Click on the link to download the presentation for your own use. Below that, you will see an example of some of the images that we have created for you to use as PowerPoint slides in church's worship service. We have heard from some churches who have used these images to create posters and prayer cards. Click on the image to visit the CLB Network where you will find these images. We will continue to add more resources as they become available.
Dean and Linda
Dean and Linda are cooperating with Sendai area congregations in the planting of a new church in the center of the city of Sendai. They have been with LBIM since 1989.
Arnie and Bonita
Arnie and Bonita are the lead couple in a partnership in a church planting ministry in Takanosu. They are using friendship evangelism and English classes to reach out into the community in order to meet people and build relationships. They have been with LBIM since 1978.