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Konnochiwa Japan! Hello Japan!

After 2 flights and 13 hours later we finally arrived in Tokyo, a very happy but tired crew.

Larry & Ruth Spalink and Ken Lee were waiting to greet us as we made our way with luggage in tow through customs to arrivals. We piled our luggage and bodies into compact vans and began the 2 hour journey to Christian Reformed Japan offices.

My eyes tried to take in the incredible sights of Tokyo through the darkness and as I tried to stay awake! When we arrived sometime later (I think I dozed off and on) we were invited for a bowl of soup made by Ruth. Delicious - the comfort of the warm soup made us all ready for a goodnight sleep.

Today (Monday), we will be driving up to the Sendai area, get settled into our lodgings. From what I understand, this is where the tsunami hit and where the devastation has been enormous. It is a fishing community, the people have lost their homes, their livelihoods and family.

We will be staying on a hill above the ocean... this is the area that most of the villagers tried to climb when they saw the second wave coming. I am praying that our being here will help each of us to grow a little deeper in our faith.

Written by Iona Buisman, CRWRC Global Volunteer Program Coordinator 

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time...but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." -Lilla Watson