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Fri, 18 Mar 2011
From: Shigeru Takiura
Subject: RP Japan Presbytery News
Brothers and Sisters:
About the Great East Japan Earthquake, RPGMB is
moving quickly for the
Japan Relief Fund, and asking Japan Presbytery to channel it to the
churches of the area for their relief efforts. All gift is to
RPGMB Japan Relief Fund.
At first, as you know, RP's hometown Kobe
is safe. There has
been no shake at all. Our five
RP congregations in
Kobe area have had no effect from the earth quake, and life is just as
usual so far here. In West Japan, electricity is in different system
hz. East is 50 hz.) so here is no connection to the lack of electricity
of Eastern Japan. Tsunami only came about a feet to Port of Kobe on
March 11. Kobe is about 400 miles South West from Tokyo. And
the main suffered area is still several or few hundred miles North from
Tokyo, so quite far away. The Northern Japan Plate which the
earthquakes occurred this time includes Tohoku (Sendai
is the main
But West Japan is on
the Eurasian Plate, so it seems no direct affect of this massive
earthquake beyond the difference of the plates.
There is Mt.Fuji
at the border edge of two plates.
We, Japan Presbytery, established the Relief Committee on Monday
1) The Relief Committee is to aim to support and aid various relief
activities of the suffered area's reformed or evangelical
mainly OPC Mission and Reformed Church in Japan.
Woody Lauer of OPC in Numazu,
Shizuoka prefecture. this morning, where
another earthquake hit last night. His family and the
church are OK. He will be the coordinator of OPC relief mission. Takiura also
talked over the phone to Missionary Cummings of OPC in Sendai, Tohoku.
His house is in the midst of the desastor of Natori
city, But thankfully his house and family are OK. He is
trying to seize
situations of nearby reformed congregations. At least Ishinomaki
building was severely damaged by Tsunami. RCJ has Tohoku Presbytery and
some of the
pastors are my seminary (Kobe Reformed Seminary) class mates. Pastor
Shiratsu of Ishinomaki
RCJ was one of my classmate there so may be contacted personally for
2) Our RP Japan Presbytery Relief Comittee is to solicit and send
money, to gather and send clothes and other aiding items, to seek
sending some manpower.
Presently most needed thing seems Water, Meals and Warm
clothes/Blankets. Power, Gas and Water are out, and today there is
snowing in Tohoku. So cold and people are difficult to sleep. Problem
is difficulty of transportation. Roads are severely
damaged, and also
main Highways are only for Governmental Rescue Forces. Minimun
materials have been distributed by Helicopters including from
US Air-Craft Carrier Ronald Reagan stayed near the coast of Tohoku. In
the snow Self Defense Army of Japan and International Rescue Teams
are now searching people in many towns of the Pacific Coast of Tohoku
Tsunami hit. The government is struggling to control atomic
in Fukushima, but now they are difficult to control. People
living close to the plants are asked to evacuate.
3) The committee chair person is Pastor Katsunori Endo: His home town
is Sendai, and originally a member of OPC mission church there before
to Kobe Theological Hall and transferred into RPCNA Jaqpan Presbytery.
sister lives in Sendai's suffered area, but was safe partially because
of her room
is in 7F of the building. He is to take leadership of this relief
activity. Pastor Takiura, Pastor Sakai and a deacon
from five RP congregations in Kobe area composes members of the
committee. Pastor Takiura has
some experience of relief activity in the Great Hanshin Earthquake in
Pastor Sakai has friends, his former students and various connections
4) To receive fund from abroad, there is Japan Reformed Presbyterian
Mission account. But
since Japan Presbytery Treasury is not supposed to receive any direct
help from USA
(because of the self-supporting principle of the mission), JP does not
receiving account. So usually we receive fund like this time through
this Mission's Account. If you send any relief fund through us, please
them to GMB's Japan Relief Fund. Our Committee will handle this relief
fund with care for the relief through congregations in the suffered
area and will report back to
GMB about the expenditure later.
Again please pray for grace from God to Japan.
Please pray for our sincere humiliation, hope in Christ and evangelism.
Sincerely in His service,
Japan Presbytery RPCNA, Relief Committee