Hope in Japan

This morning I read of Pastor Okamoto in Sendai. No one knew if he was alive or dead. Just recently his story has come to light. Contnue to pray for all those suffering in Japan. And remember that God knows.  Please check in at http://www.crashjapan.com for other stories.

Also, we are still trying to fix the http://www.rjcnetwork.org website that has been inf



Tokyo, JapanMarch 21, 2011 – As relief efforts to help local communities and churches intensify more than one week after the quake, hope is still strong for survivors and their loved ones as fresh news of rescues and reunions filter through. Okamoto Hiroshi, pastor of Ishinomaki Bible Baptist Church in Sendai, was feared lost when contact was cut following the tsunami. “No one had been able to locate him,” said Tim Cole, a missionary in Japan whose parents planted the Ishinomaki church. “The tsunami decimated the area they were living in.”

After repeated attempts to make contact, Pastor Okamoto was located by a CRASH Japan relief team. “They went and found him,” explained Cole.  “Miraculously, his house was one of the only ones in the area not affected.” Acting quickly at the time of the quake, Pastor Okamoto was able to drive around the houses of his congregation and rescue those living in low lying areas. Taking any who needed help to higher ground, Okamoto’s church, which stands on a hill, is now home to both his family and his congregation.

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