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Japan Team - June 2012's Blog

After much preparation of baking and organizing, a few of us had the opportunity to visit a temporary housing facility.  This housing area was setup for people in the area to live in after damage to their homes by the earthquake/tsunami forced them to move away from their homes.  Due to economic and procedural challenges, it has been difficult for them to get the means to repair and move back into their homes. It has been over 16 months since the...

This morning, I was invited by Hashimoto-san, an older Japanese resident who has remained in the area even though she has lost her husband and much of her home to the tsunami, to go on a tour. She wanted to give me a tour of areas of importance for her, as well as areas that were not affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  She wanted me to remember beautiful areas of Yamamoto, as well.  I was given the morning off...

During various times this week, we have found ourselves doing some sort of work for preparation of crop planting.  Working in rice fields planting and weeding, helping to clear out rocks for a field being prepared for paprika planting, or working on building new greenhouses for strawberry fields.  Someone on the team mentioned that it would be great to see everything growing that we had a part in planting, but unfortunately, we are not going to be here to see...

There has been a lot that has happened since the last entry.  On Friday, the team worked a good part of the day planting rice in two fields near the Nozomi Center, which really brought the reality to us all of the hard work that people in this area are doing for a living.  On Saturday, the team traveled north of Sendai City to Ishinomaki, one of the hardest hit areas from last year's tsunami.  Grace Tohuku (Grace Mission) and...

After a travel day from Los Angeles to the Sendai area that took a full day of plane travel and driving (thanks to Ken Lee and Rev. Hiro Mochida for driving us from Narita airport all the way north), we settled in late Wednesday night and rested as well as we could to get ready for what the Lord had for us today.  We have a team of 8 people from Crosspoint CRC in Chino, CA who all have an...