It’s been more than a week since the first earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Numbers of the death is increasing and the level of radiation from the nuclear plant is getting higher. The Government is trying hard to solve the problem and helping the people.
Mission Network News reported what has been going on there now.
International Director of SEND International Warren Janzen says, “Gasoline is very limited. We’ve had a couple of missionaries out hunting for gas but were unable to find it.”
Janzen says, “Water is scarce, and rice and bread are scarce. One of the groups who wanted to bring relief efforts up north rented a truck; they wanted to bring a whole truckload of water. They went out to find water, and they couldn’t even find enough to fill up the trunk of a car, let alone a whole truck.”
Now, the disaster is taking a spiritual tone. And Tokyo’s governor has helped, says Janzen. “The governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, stated publicly that the disaster was a punishment from heaven because the Japanese have become greedy. To have a public figure of his stature make a statement like that opens up a public discussion on spiritual things.”
Janzen’s team members are seeing the change, too. “Some of our missionaries are going out on the street, talking to random people, talking about the earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear situation there. People are engaging in spiritual conversation with strangers. That’s just not typical.”
Yes, it’s the “Kairos” moment. The time that God is showing how great He is and who he really is to the whole world. It’s the moment of the presence of God to be known in Japan and the other nations.
Please pray that the God’s people who are there (or sent there) to use this moment to make much of God and to make known His powerful glory and unconditional love to the people in Japan and others. Pray that through all what they do and say will show that God really care and God loves these people and will restore their land. Pray also for their safety in ministering there.