Today, I was reminded of the Ezekiel reading when I read a first hand assessment of what is being done in Japan and what needs to be done. It took dedicated people, encouraged by God, to rebuild Israel after the Babylonian exile. It will take dedicated people, with God’s help, to rebuild Japan, even while we are still rebuilding in Pakistan, Haiti, and the Gulf Coast.
Takeshi Komino, Church World Service Asia/Pacific Emergency Response Director, shares his first hand assessment of the need for people to help with the rebuilding. Money and supplies are needed, but he said that people to do the work are vital. Church World Services has the people to send to help. We, who cannot go, can help to send others and can pray for all involved. Read more: CWS in Japan.
With God working through people like us, there is hope for those affected by these disasters. Takeshi Komino said there are four disasters which have compounded the problems:
1) 9.0 Earthquake, 2) Tsunami, 3) Nuclear Power Plant problems, and 4) a very severe winter.
May God bless all those who help, either by sending aid or by going in person to help rebuild. May God be with all those in Japan as they struggle to survive and eventually to rebuild their communities. May God give them strength and courage. Today is difficult. There is hope for tomorrow.
At the bottom of the page of the above link (CWS in Japan) are directions for sending aid. If you are a member of a PC (USA) church, you can give through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.