|The earth shook so violently on March 11, 2011, that it literally moved Japan’s main island 8 feet. Buildings were destroyed immediately and lives were snuffed out. But the worst was yet to come. A mountainous tsunami obliterated all that was in its path, changing the coastland as it roared deep into the inland. Thousands of lives were lost and the lives of millions more were changed forever. As the nation of 127 million people reeled, news of an impending nuclear disaster began to unfold. One year later, many in Japan are still in crisis.Download the March 2012 prayer calendar at http://eastasianpeoples.imb.org/japan-one-year-later/ and join in prayers for Japan.
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A doll from a God who cares
Day after day, she helplessly watches her six-year-old granddaughter cry inconsolably, grieving the death of her mother at the hands of the tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. The little girl begs her grandmother for a doll. She needs something to hold, something to protect, something to love in her distress. But there are no dolls, no toys at all. Little does she know that God, whose eyes roam throughout all the earth, has already taken notice of the little girl’s pain. In his compassionate love, He has already prepared to meet her need. Read the story at http://eastasianpeoples.imb.org/field-blog/a-doll-from-a-God-who-cares/.
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Japan: one year later
The piles of rubble and debris are gone. The cars deposited on top of apartment buildings and ships stranded on streets by the March 11, 2011, tsunami have been carted off for recycling. The “smell of death”
has been replaced with the fragrance of fresh cut pine and construction. Hearts that were closed to the Gospel for hundreds of years are now open. Japan’s tsunami changed more than the landscape. See how Southern Baptists responded to the vast physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the Japanese. http://asiastories.com/features/road-to-recovery/
Japan: Tsunami survivor searches for comfort
She survived Japan’s tsunami. One year later, Shukuko Sasaki’s looking for comfort from the nightmares. Her husband and two distant relatives ran with her for higher ground. She’s the only one that survived. http://asiastories.com/features/road-to-recovery/?story=7790
Japan: Southern Baptist “Yellow Shirts” minister to survivors
The bright yellow shirts and vests of Southern Baptist disaster relief workers are well known in Japan. After one year of cleaning rubble, reconstructing houses, serving coffee and any other odd jobs they could find to do, doors are starting to open for the Gospel. Read how two different Japanese homeowners discover the mysterious joy behind the “yellow shirts.” http://asiastories.com/features/road-to-recovery/?story=7808