Watanoha Family

Tonight we had our monthly prayer and praise time to gather as a local body of believers. Called the Watanoha Family (Watanoha is the specific area in Ishonomaki where we are all focusing our work), we represent different churches and denominations but since the beginning have made a concerted effort to cooperate. There have been some challenges, but overall it has been a joy to see the bonds of friendship and kindred hearts join together for the purpose of reaching out to this area where God has called us.

This evening’s time together was especially timely as we were all reeling from an horrific accident that happened to one of our members. Akemi, a member of the Presbyterian group Grace Mission Tohoku (GMT), was up north in a wiped-out area working with a team of about six in helping to clean up a lot. She was trying to get a very stubborn bamboo shoot out of the ground. It finally dislodged suddenly, and the end of the shoot went directly into her eye. She was rushed to one local hospital, which didn’t have the means to help her, so they took her by ambulance to the larger hospital here in Ishinomaki. By late Friday night, we received word that they had had to remove her eye. Fortunately it had not injured her brain, and the muscles around the eye are intact and will be able to help move the artificial eye. It was shocking and heartbreaking for all of us.

Tonight, Akemi and her husband skyped in to our prayer time from the hospital. She had half of her face bandaged, and she showed such bravery, beauty, and faith in Jesus. Before the surgery, she said to her husband, “pray that no matter what the outcome is I will continue to praise The Lord.” She is still praising Him.

We spent most of tonight in a special time of prayer for this couple and for the GMT mission, who have had a few different mishaps recently. We heard reports that the carpenters and workers who were with her at the time are having a hard time sleeping because of what they had experienced. Please pray with us for Akemi’s quick healing and adjustment to the many changes ahead; for God’s protection and guarding over all of us, and that God would continue to unite us as a body and use this synergy for His amazing Kingdom purposes. We are thankful that God has called us to join in His special work of displaying His love to the people of Ishinomaki.

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3 thoughts on “Watanoha Family

  1. it is entirely heartbreaking to hear akemi’s accident with her eyes, could they possibly take compassion offering for her family? unless they are well to do, i’m sure it is a financial burden.

  2. So sorry to hear about the horrible accident for Akemi. She and everyone there remain in my prayers. I am reminded of two passages in Romans for you to share. Romans 8:28 reminds us “And we know that in all things God works for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” I have faith, that God miraculously spared her brain from damage, and preserved the eye muscles to accept the glass eye. It is a difficult and sad situation, however, God will reveal a wonderful blessing in all of this.
    In Jesus Calling yesterday, one of the verses is from Romans 15:13
    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him,so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” . Such a beautiful reminder and my prayer for Akemi through all of the surgery and healing.
    God’s blessings on the town on Ishinomaki!! Miss you all, Becca

  3. Your website http://www.nozomiproject.com doesn’t seem to be working. Would love to order some pieces for Christmas … OR maybe gift certificates for friends and family to use in 2013? We are in Kanagawa-ken (husband is civilian at Camp Zama) … how to proceed? Nihongo website for my Japanese friends? What God is doing through you and through Nozomi is beautiful !! — Rachel Nakasaki

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