It is really late but we wanted to let you know that Eric will probably be leaving on Friday for two weeks to serve up in Sendai. The CRASH Network, which is overseeing all of the Christian relief efforts, is setting up five base camps in the worst-hit areas up north. Peter, Eric, and Kent (all three Asian Access missionaries in Sanda) will be driving up to Tokyo on Friday and then going with the team up to one part of Sendai. It is scary, I have to say, but last night I felt the Lord speaking to us about this. We had a conference call with a few of us in the mission to talk about options. Eric and I had just been watching the news and had received the updates from our friend Kazue in Sendai. And I thought – it’s worth it to serve the least… There will be many teams able to come and serve in a month or so, but right now there are few people able to go the disaster areas and minister real help and hope. God has given us confidence that this is His timing and His calling.
Please pray as the guys try and find supplies tomorrow. All the water bottles were sold out at Costco and our local store today. Japanese are scared and are in a reactionary hoarding mode out of fear. They will need to buy gloves, boots, hard hats, etc. tomorrow. They are hoping to buy a portable GPS to help navigate the roads, and perhaps a generator as well. We hope they’ll be able to find all that they need before departure.
Pray for our families. We know they won’t understand all of this; and I don’t want them to sense fear but as a family that we place our hope in God.
We are getting reports of different groups evacuating Tokyo over the next few days. France and Russia are evacuating their citizens. We have just received an email from another mission asking if we could help house some of their Tokyo missionaries. It is very possible that I will have house guests while Eric is gone as people come south and west because of the uncertainty of the nuclear situation. We need to pray for God’s protection, especially for those in the area attempting to help the victims.
We will update you soon. Thank you, thank you, for praying with and for us. These are strange days; how much we need to place our hope in God.