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Christian School Students Urged to Pray for Disaster Survivors

2012年6月22日
“ Together in Prayer: Remembering The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011” was printed on cards and distributed to over 205,000 elementary, junior high, and senior high students who attend church-related schools of the Christian Schools Council (Protestant) and the Japanese Catholic Church Schools Council. This is the first cooperative effort to involve the entire student enrollmen……

Prayers of Moderators from Districts Suffering Damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Ou District Moderator Ohara Muneo For churches in Ou District, the earthquake and tsunami have given us reason to reflect on the slogan and goal of our district: “Let’s Live Together.” Hearts have been united in constant prayer for churches that have experienced heavy damage (Miyako, Shinsei Kamaishi, Ofunato, Senmaya), as well as for direction in working together toward restoration. Damag……

Opening of Emmaus Sasa-yashiki : Rest Haven for the Survivors of the Tsunami

by Takada Keiji, Director Tohoku Disaster Relief Center We would like to express our gratitude for your precious offerings and strong support of the survivors and the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, which happened on March 11, 2011. On March 11, 2012, the opening ceremony of the Rest Haven, Emmaus Sasa-yashiki was held. The center was built in the area called ……

Tohoku District Lenten Service Commemorates 2011 Disaster

On March 20, 2012, a national holiday, the Tohoku District Evangelism Committee held a gathering at Sendai Aobaso Church to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The event was divided into two parts: a symposium and an Ash Wednesday Worship Service in remembrance of the disaster. There were 190 participants, including 20 from other districts……

A Message From General Secretary Reflections on the Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Effort

2012年4月26日
Nearly a year has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated Japan. The focus of the Kyodan’s efforts began with debris removal but has now shifted to local church sanctuary rebuilding. Even within that, the long-term goal is to rebuild the church. “Rebuilding the church” refers not only to constructing new buildings and repairing damaged ones but also to building a foundation to supp……

The Organized Long-term Sending of Volunteers The West Tokyo District Approach

Over the past year, congregations and districts in the Kyodan, together with their members as individuals, have been searching for the best ways both to give and to organize aid to the stricken areas and churches of the East Japan disaster area. As a part of our continuing coverage of the disaster response, we want to report on the unique approach of West Tokyo District, as detailed in a talk give……

Ministry in a Japanese Canadian Community

by Yoko Kihara, Kyodan missionary, Minister of the United Church of Canada Fraser Valley Japanese United Church Surrey, British Columbia, Canada I was appointed as a half-time minister at Fraser Valley Japanese United Church in Surrey, British Columbia in 2005. It was difficult to support the livelihood of my family, so my husband, two daughters, and I have been financially supported by friend……

60 Years in Japan: “I Am Happy”

by Shirley M. Juten, retired United Methodist missionary Former Professor, Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin Junior College The training center of Izumi Church, Tokyo, is located in Kita-Karuizawa of Gunma Prefecture, a place famous as a summer resort. Quite a few members of other churches have probably camped there during the summer. Shirley Juten lives in a little house on the site. After almost 60 years s……

Mary Hesser, Founder of Hokuriku Gakuin, and Francina Porter, Founder of Japan’s oldest Kindergarten

Along the coast of the Japan Sea on the main island of Honshu are the prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui, which make up the Hokuriku Region. In the early Meiji Period, this region was greatly impacted by the missionaries sent to Kanazawa from the Northern Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.: Thomas C. Winn and his wife Eliza C. Winn. Mary K. Hesser Along with church planting, Thomas ta……

First Kohitsuji Camp Held for Families from Fukushima

The first Kohitsuji (lambs) Camp, a short-term program designed to provide rest and recreation for families living in Fukushima Prefecture, was held at the Tokyo YMCA’s Yamanakako Center, Jan. 13 (Friday)-15 (Sunday). This program was planned by Okamoto Tomoyuki, assistant director of the Kyodan’s Relief Planning Headquarters, as a project for protecting children from radioactivity. The camp wa……
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