日本基督教団 The United Church of Christ in Japan

Recovery Progress Four Years after the East Japan Disaster


by Iijima Makoto, executive secretary Kyodan East Japan Disaster Relief Projects



【Church & Parsonage Reconstruction】(through domestic contributions)


There were 81 congregations that received funding to repair damage caused by the March 11, 2011 disaster: 43 in Tohoku District, 10 in Ou District, 27 in Kanto District, and one in Tokyo District.


As of Feb. 28, 2015 there are 29 congregations that have received support and an additional four that are scheduled to receive support, for a combined total of 34 churches. Already 446,148,429 yen has been dispersed with another 150 million yen expected to be dispersed. Along with aid, 20 congregations have received loans; loans have also been made to two preschools and one institution. A total of 255,505,500 yen in loans has been made available through the Church Mutual Aid fund, and it is anticipated that four more churches will be receiving loans of 100 million yen each.


1. Emmaus Sendai & Ishinomaki (support from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS), Reformed Church in America (RCA), & Kyodan)


【History】In the immediate aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Tohoku District created the Emmaus Relief Center. Youth from all over Japan came to the center to volunteer, distributing food and supplies as well as assisting with repairs, rebuilding, and the removal of rubble. In 2013, Emmaus Sendai began work on the restoration of agriculture through planting and harvesting. At the same time, in Ishinomaki, restoration of the fishing industry began through helping with the seeding of oyster beds and the harvest of kelp. So far, there have been a total of 6,669 volunteers.


【2015 Activity Plan】Work will be focused on the needs of the residents in temporary housing. “Ochakko Salon,” a tea-time fellowship ministry, is being used to provide an atmosphere in which these residents can find relaxation and hope through conversation and fellowship.


2.Heartful Kamaishi (support from EMS, UMCOR, mission 21, & Kyodan)


【History】This work began in February 2012, when four Ochakko Salons were opened at four temporary housing complexes in the city of Kamaishi. Currently work is continuing at 14 locations, including 12 temporary housing complexes and one reconstruction housing area. As of Feb. 28, 2015, a total of 9,105 people have participated in these gatherings.


【2015 Activity Plan】Four years have passed since the disaster. The Ochakko Salon now features arts and crafts. Other activities include weeding and picking up fallen leaves around the temporary housing units and visiting individual residences.


3.Little Lambs Camp (support from UMCOR, EMS, RCA, and Kyodan)


【History】The first“Little Lambs Camp” was held at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Yamanaka Lodge in January 2012. The intent was to take children and families who lived within close proximity to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant away from the radioactivity in their environment. In January 2013, through an invitation from the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan (PCT), we also began having camps in Taiwan. In cooperation with the YMCA, we have had 13 camps in Japan as well as 3 camps in Taiwan.


【2015 Activity Plan】Six camps are planned for 2015. Each camp will have 25 participants, with priority being given to those who have yet to participate.


4.Disaster Relief Concert (support from the Federation of Swiss Churches, RCA, Kyodan, and several individuals.)


【History】In January 2013, the first Disaster Relief Concert was held in Ishinomaki. Since then there have been six more concerts in Sendai, Natori, Iwaki, Tono, Kamaishi, and Ishinomaki. The performances have been held at churches, supermarkets, preschools, temporary housing complexes, and private homes. The performers are primarily from the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.


【2015 Activity Plan】Plans are being made for spring, summer, fall and winter concerts.



Each project is both initiated and brought to its conclusion through prayer. It is through being led by prayer that we receive the power to accomplish the work with which we have been entrusted.


In addition to prayer, we have received much support for our work through our fellowship with partners from overseas. UMCOR, EMS, PCT, along with RCA and Mission 21 have given us much support throughout this journey of recovery. Without the funding from these organizations, we would not have been able to accomplish the work we have done. Truly I am not fully able to express my gratitude for this invaluable support. (Tr. AKO)



日本基督教団 東日本大震災救援対策本部

担当幹事 飯島 信




2015/2/28現在、教団からの支援を受けた教会は29教会、これから支援を受ける予定の教会 は4教会、合わせて33教会が支援対象となっている。すでに4億4,614

8,429円が執行され、さらに約1億5千万円の支出が見込まれる。支援と共に 貸付を受けた教会は20教会あり、その他に貸付だけの幼稚園が2園、施設が1施設で、貸付総額は2億5,550

5,500円である。資金は会堂共済組合から借り 入れ、今後4教会でさらに約1億円の貸付が予定されている。

1.エマオ仙台と 石巻(活動資金は国内募金と海外のUMCOR・EMS・RCA

【歴史】2011年3月11日から時を置かず、東北教区に被災者支援センターエマオが立ち上げられた。この活動には、全国から学生・ 青年を中心としたボランティアが集まり、支援物資の配布、津波に襲われた家の床下の泥のかき出し、廃材の処理などを行った。2013年度以降は、エマオ仙台では畑の復興、種まきや収穫の手伝い、石巻では牡蠣の種付けや昆布のメカブ取りの 手伝いなどが行われている。ボランティア登録者数は6,669


【2015年度の働き】活動の中心は、仮設住宅集会室で被災者に交わりの場を提供する「お茶っこサロン」に移りつつ ある。心身ともに疲れを覚えている被災した方々に寄り添うことは、仮設がある限り大切な働きとなる。

2.ハートフル釜 石(活動資金は国内募金と海外のEMS・UMCOR・Mission21



【2015年度の働き】震災から4年、手芸を中心とした「お茶っこサロン」に加え、仮設住宅周囲の草取り、落ち葉掃きなどの環境整備、個別 訪問が始まっている。

3.「こひつじ キャンプ」(活動資金は、国内募金と海外のUMCOR・EMSRCA

【歴史】2012年1月、第1回の「こひつじキャンプ」が山中湖で行われた。原発事故による放射能汚染より逃れ、短期間でも保養を求め る家族が参加した。2013年1月からは台湾基督長老教会からの招待も加わり、YMCAとの共催で16回(内3回は台湾)を開催するに至っている。


4.被災地支援演 奏会(活動資金は、国内募金とスイスの教会・個人、RCA

【歴史】2013年1月、第1回演奏 会を石巻で行ったのを皮切りに、これまで6回にわたって行 われた。訪れた被災地は、石巻、仙台、名取、いわき、釜石、遠野で、演奏場所は教会・スーパー・仮設住宅・幼稚園・保育園・個人宅など 多彩である。




各プロジェクトは、祈りによって始まり、祈りによって終わる。祈りに導かれてこそ神様 から力を得、私たちに託されている働きを担うことが出来るからである。

又、教団が展開している被災地支援活動は、UMCOR(アメリカ合同メソジスト教会海外災害 支援部)・EMS(ドイツを中心とした福音連帯宣教 会)・PCT(台湾基督長老教会)を中心に、Mission21(スイス)・RCA(アメリカ改革派教会)によって支えら れている。これらの団体や個人などの支援が無ければ、私たちは今日のような活動を生み出すことは出来なかった。そのことを思うと、海 外からの支援への感謝の思いは尽きることがない。

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