This week has been one of hard labor helping the Japanese of Ishinomaki try to pick up the pieces over a year later.
We have joined a local Christian group called Be One (affer John 17:13) who started helping even before the government arrived. Through their outreach and constant provision of Christian workers they have acheieved not only unheard of unity between the different Chrisitian denominations in Japan, but also created a sense of community amongst several Japanese neighborhoods that usually keep to themselves.
This week we've helped support that testimony by asissting three different families. A family gutting their home asked us to sort and haul rubble to the dump (an experience all in itself). A pair of widowed sisters needed help cleaning out an old damaged house and sorting their belongings for either storage or disposal (an emotional hurdle they needed someone to help them through). Today we ripped out floors and shoveled out the silt and mud washed into the crawl space at a condo.
All in all the tsunami has created rare soil for the missionaries to work in and an opportunity to show the Japanese of Ishinomaki (who know little to nothing about Christians) the love of the God we serve.
Brett & Beth record their milestones in academia and medicine as they roam far and wide with Jethro, Edessa, and Genevieve in tow.