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While relief efforts continue in Okayama and other places after the floods in July, this week in early September two other areas of Japan felt the pain. Please pray, and please considering supporting the Christian relief efforts of CRASH Japan.

Typhoon Jebi (known in Japan as Typhoon #21)

On Tuesday, Sept. 4th, the strongest typhoon in 25 years swept across the middle of Japan, including the densely populated Kansai area (Osaka, Kobe, Nara, and Kyoto). The IT administrator for CRASH Japan lives in Osaka, and she says:

Normally, typhoons in Osaka are no big deal, but this time was different. The wind was brutal. Everywhere I walk, every block has something damaged – roofs with lost tiles, walls with chunks missing, store awnings lying on the sidewalk, trees in parks uprooted, etc. Perhaps you’ve seen photos of the tanker ship that slammed into a bridge – that bridge is the only access to busy Kansai Airport except for ferries, and it normally handles a huge number of trains and cars, but all the train tracks and half of the car lanes are unusable for an unknown period of time.

Wednesday, the day after the storm, a friend reached out to me for urgent help, as the Sakai Mission House (in southern Osaka) had lost many roof tiles, and she needed ladders, tarps, and volunteers to protect the building from rain. She often volunteers with CRASH or other groups to help with disaster relief, so it was a new experience to be the one in need. Rain was forecast for the next evening (yesterday), so I quickly found a few friends to help, bought what supplies I could find, and we spent yesterday covering the roof. It rained only a few hours after we finished. Carpenters are fully booked – she has been told it might be six months before someone can replace the roof. Other buildings in her neighborhood look even worse – some whole walls were torn down.

The YWAM mission base in northern Osaka suffered twice this summer – it was right at the epicenter of an earthquake in June, and now has additional damage from the typhoon. Hopefully a team can be mobilized to help them, also.

While we were working on the Sakai Mission House, we heard about the earthquake in Hokkaido, and we prayed together for the victims of both disasters.

Hokkaido Earthquake

Yesterday morning at 3:08 a.m., Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido was struck by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake at a shallow depth. Millions of people lost electricity (at first the entire northern Japan power grid was out), and landslides over a wide area have buried many homes and other facilities. 25,000 troops of the Japan Self-Defense Force are being dispatched to help with search and rescue efforts.

A network of churches in Hokkaido will become local organizer for Christian relief efforts, and a CRASH Japan leader is going there by ferry in the next few days to help them with preparations and assess how CRASH can help most effectively.

News is still unfolding, and the full extent of victims and damage won’t be known for some time, but here are a few early news articles in English:

Street in Sapporo city

Farmhouses buried by landslides

(To donate to CRASH Japan click here and write CRASH Japan in the comment section.)

Widespread Damage in Western Japan

A huge swath of Western Japan was pounded by torrential rains for several days last week, causing widespread flooding, landslides, and other damage. The numbers keep rising, but as of this writing (July 10th), the death toll is over 120 and dozens are still missing. As of Monday evening, around 11,000 people were staying in evacuation centers in 15 prefectures. At one point, evacuation orders or advisories were issued for up to 6.3 million people, but the number later dropped to 1.8 million in 14 prefectures. (more)

(To donate to CRASH Japan click here and write CRASH Japan in the comment section.)

Who We Are

Christian-Relief-Assistance-Support-Hope (CRASH) is a non-profit Christian disaster relief organization based in Tokyo that is officially recognized by the Japanese government. CRASH keeps overhead expenses low by relying on volunteer staff of Japanese Christians and missionaries.

CRASH understands that the church is the most effective vehicle for providing relief physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Local groups of believers are already a part of their community and will still be there after disaster relief organizations have moved on. For this reason CRASH volunteers work alongside pastors and members of local churches whenever possible.

CRASH Japan is committed to partnership. We work closely with JEMA (Japan Evangelical Mission Association) and the JEA (Japan Evangelical Association) and partner with other relief organizations on location when responding to disasters.

What We Do

BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES, CRASH focuses on equipping and preparing local churches and mission groups to be ready to respond effectively. CRASH conducts workshops to train pastors and lay Christians in how to meet physical and spiritual needs in times of disaster and encourages churches to form networks and plan cooperative relief efforts so that they will be ready when disasters happen. CRASH also maintains a database of pre-registered volunteers and contacts for disaster relief.

WHEN DISASTERS HAPPEN. CRASH mobilizes new and pre-registered Christian volunteers and coordinates with churches and other ministries in and near the disaster area to place workers and send supplies where they are needed. CRASH volunteers have helped in a wide variety of ways including clean up, rebuilding, distributing supplies, listening to survivors, planting crops, doing arts and crafts, holding concerts, distributing flyers, and helping out at mobile cafés.

CRASH Japan -- What We Do


2700+

volunteers have worked through CRASH

80+

countries have supported Tohoku through CRASH

22

survivor-aid programs are being supported by CRASH


How You Can Help

EVERYONE can pray for people who are suffering in times of disaster and for organizations like CRASH that provide relief and assistance. Also, everyone can encourage others to be aware and concerned about people suffering in times of disasters.

MANY PEOPLE are able to help with a financial donation to support CRASH in providing Christian Relief, Assistance, Support, and Hope to people in disaster areas and to fund ongoing efforts to train workers and prepare Christian churches to be ready for future disasters.

SOME PEOPLE may feel called by the Lord to serve as volunteers. If you have a heart to serve as a disaster relief volunteer, please visit the CRASH Japan website to learn more.

 

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