Church and ADRA Teams Assess Damage
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency continues to respond to the devastating tsunami triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, March 11. Assessment teams reached the severely affected city of Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture within 24 hours after a 30-foot tsunami wave crashed through the city, destroying entire communities and claiming thousands of lives. Thousands are still missing. Read more from ADRA’s website HERE. “As the church in Japan copes with the impact of the recent earthquake and tsunami, the support of church members around the world through prayer and financial donations is greatly appreciated,” says Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division. Adventists can offer immediate support for ADRA or other church-related efforts in Japan, by texting or using one of the additional methods listed here:
- Mobile Devices: text “SUPPORT” to 85944 to make an automatic $10 donation
- Online Donations: at www.adra.org or through the NAD
- Phone Donation: 1-800-424-ADRA
- Check by Mail: make payable to ADRA and marked “Japan Relief” and mail to: ADRA International, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Local Church Offering: Use your church tithe envelope and mark it “Japan Relief” to help churches and schools with recovery and outreach
Japan Union Conference Assesses Needs in Quake Aftermath
Word from the Japan Union Mission indicates they are not yet able to dispatch repair teams into the area yet, but are accepting funds to help repair church and school structures. Volunteers will be requested to help once it is safe to enter the areas. Masumi Shimada, president of the Adventist Church in Japan, said four institutional buildings in Japan have sustained minor damage. There are no reports of casualties among church members at this time. It was school break and just after graduation for the junior high, so local church leaders are praising God that no children were injured. There are 17 churches, 10 schools and five other church institutions in the earthquake-affected areas. While the Adventist Development and Relief Agency focuses its efforts on the larger needs of the communities hardest hit by last week’s earthquake and tsunami, the local conference has the responsibility to Adventist churches and schools. Throughout Japan, approximately 15,000 Adventists worship in 115 churches. Read more at the Japan Union Mission English website HERE.
ADRA on Site of Hard-Hit Areas
A spokesman for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency said an ADRA assessment team reached Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit regions, on Saturday, March 12. ADRA Japan is coordinating with the Japan National Disaster Office and local non-governmental agencies. ADRA International has committed US$25,000 to fund an initial response in the country, and is accepting donations for the agency’s Emergency Response Fund. Read more HERE.
GC President Addresses Japan Disaster
Ted N.C. Wilson, Adventist world church president, responded on March 13 to the recent disaster in Japan. “Seventh-day Adventists around the world unite today with the people of Japan in mourning the losses caused by the 2011 Sendai earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Our thoughts, our prayers and our sympathies go out to those who have suffered such loss. … Seventh-day Adventists have worked in Japan since 1889 and continue to serve the people of that great country. We are committed to helping meet human needs and sharing the greatest news of all: that God loves and cares for each of us, and that He is coming again soon! We call for all Seventh-day Adventists and others to pray for the people of Japan during this time of intense need.” Read his full statement HERE.