Sunday morning dawned with rain, but the skies soon cleared giving us another beautiful day.  It was enjoyable have some extra time this morning without having to rush through breakfast in order to get to a job site.  Ken and Jeannie took most of the team south to the Watari church, while Arnold and Lorraine went to the East Higashi Sendai church where they previously served when working in Japan.  The Watari church is VERY small, what we would consider...

(Saturday) It is raining today. We are driving an hour north to the town of Ishinomaki.  An organization call Samaritan's Purse is very active in this area.  They have three bases along the coast.  The goal is to restore 300 homes in this area by the end of the year.  The group, based in Ishinomaki, is currently working on their 72nd home.  They also regularly host a public lunch of fish, rice, soup, pickles, water, tea and cookies - called...

The last two days (Thursday & Friday) have been very full.  We also had a storm blow in last night so the wireless internet was down.

Ken and Jeannie Lee joined us Thursday evening and Larry headed back to Tokyo.  We spent Thursday evening going to an onsen (Japanese public bath) on top of a mountain overlooking Matsushima bay (pine islands) one of the most scenic areas in Japan.  The onsen is the best way to clean up 5 - 8...

(Thursday) It is said a picture is worth a 1000 words and while that may be true, a disaster of this magnitude cannot be understood in one viewing.  You have to absorb it in small doses, different perspectives and allow yourself time to ponder them to even begin to understand it.

We are currently working north of Sendai in the two small communities of Nobiru / Touna.  The East Higashi Sendai church have focused their efforts here and have been coordinating...

(Wednesday) Thank you for your prayers.  Jeff and John are here safe and sound!  They were up at 4AM in Seattle to fly down to San Francisco.  All the variables fell into place which allowed them to make the flight to Narita.  We just had our first meal with the whole team.

We had a larger group of volunteers today going to a variety of homes.  We worked in Touna today.  Most of the group cleaned up the front yard which...

This memo begins with a prayer request.  John and Jeff from the team had their flight cancelled in Seattle.  They will be flying down to San Diego today to try and catch a flight to Japan.  The concern is the timing will be "tight".  We ask for your prayers they make the connection.  Thank you.

It was a full day.  Our "mini" team started the day with a stop to McDonald's because we were told they had a wireless network.  Such...

After several pleasant days with our family in Japan, including reading to our grandchildren, attending a sports day for one of them and a bicycling trip to the park, we drove up in Larry Spalink's car to pick up the first 2 volunteers to arrive, and took them to a youth hostel, which was constructed in the old Samurai style with huge dark stained beams in the ceiling and beautifully landscaped gardens. After a traditional fish breakfast, the other guests...

Good Morning!

The memo begins with this greeting because it was written at 6:30 AM.  You are receiving now because this is the first chance to have an internet connection.

The other team member from west Michigan, Diane Veldheer and I, arrived safely in Sendai on Sunday evening (7:00).  We met Arnold and Lorraine Kress from the team, who were already in country visiting family.  It was smooth traveling all the way with minimal delays.  We stayed in a hostel which is...

Today was our last work day here in the disaster area around Sendai. We have had such a variety of experiences here!  It was with a certain amount of sadness that we got into our cars and headed a little south of Sendai on the expressway to the town of YamaMoto.  Sadness because we have felt more and more that God has bound us together as a team and bound our hearts to the Japanese people with whom we come...

On Monday, we awake early again by the sunrise as our window is open to try to keep cool.  Another humid day greets us as we prepare to go to Yamamoto-chu.

In our devotions, we discuss 1 Corinthians 12.  We note that we all have different strengths and God has brought us together to form a cohesive team.  Soon after starting work at Mr. Abay's place, his wife arrives home.  She was evacuated from the area and now finally after 6...

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