Easter in Hard-hit Area

Churches in Kessenuma Miyagi Prefecture celebrated Easter yesterday. For these churches there was a need for resurrection of their facilities to be able to use the church again. http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japans-christians-celebrate-easter-amid-disaster Some of these churches were helped by CRASH teams and some from the B1 network that missionary Jeff Chapman has been working with. See my previous post http://www.gospelrest.com/churches-shattered/ In Ishinomaki the city where John volunteered the nearest church to the neighborhood he worked had water up …

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John with Makoto Fujimura in Ishinomaki

On 04/18 John Mehn talked briefly with famous Japanese artist Makoto Fujimura during his visit to this work site in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. John and volunteer team member Roger Olson were removing the flooring to be able to clean out the mud that entered this house. There were other volunteers helping as well. John mentions to Makoto there were more deaths in Ishinomaki than in the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe in 1995. Also that …

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Trip to Ishinomaki

PRAISE the Lord of Heaven that John Mehn and Pastor Nakano arrived safely in Sendai. They said the roads in Miyagi Prefecture were quite bad and driving them at night was scary but God brought them safely through. Today the Kokubunji Church Team is going to work in Ishinomaki City. The number of people killed or missing in this city alone equals the number killed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The Team has divided into …

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Joys and Sorrows of relief work

Joys and sorrows of disaster relief John Mehn and the men he worked alongside were able to take the flooring out of the Suzuki’s house. The house had been flooded so everything was saturated. The grandfather would wash off the wood and hope it would dry out so it could be put back. PRAY that the help they received would encourage them and that the words they heard will draw them to Jesus. Today they …

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John leaves for Ishinomaki today

I (John) leave today to head to Ishinomaki City in the hard-hit area to join a team which left on Thu. Would appreciate your prayers for strength, health, and a big heart. TODAY BACKUP TEAM LEAVES FOR ISHINOMAKI The relief team from the Kokubunji church arrived safely in Sendai Miyagi Prefecture on Thursday. They have been busy in several locations in Ishinomaki (see http://groups.google.com/group/Pray4Japan/browse_thread/thread/2c34f33bbdc99cba) working cleaning out houses and dealing with water damage from the …

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WE MOVED!

To provide a wider group for intercession for Japan we are migrating Converge Worldwide related prayer items to our new google groups site. You can read them online if you wish or please sign up to receive these updates directly as they are generated. http://www.gospelrest.com/japan-prayer-group/ This site will be used for prayer and information related to the ministry of John and Elaine Mehn. More general disaster response information will be posted at the Google Groups …

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Chapman Team Arrives in Sendai

Here is an update from Converge Worldwide Missionary Jeff Chapman. We are migrating Converge Worldwide related prayer items to our new google groups site. Please sign up to receive these updates. http://www.gospelrest.com/japan-prayer-group/ Fri 10:43AM (JST) Just got off the phone with Jeff Chapman who with another driver, Hiro, has just arrived in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. He just reported that the main expressways were closed due to last night’s record 7.4 aftershock (we also just heard …

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New Group for Japan Prayer

Please Join to the Pray for Japan – Disaster Response group! This is a prayer group for those interested in praying for the Christian response to the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of 3/11. Prayer requests and answers will be shared regarding the coordinated efforts for spiritual, emotional and physical ministry of Converge Worldwide Japan mission team, the Rengo association of churches, and other broader cooperative organizations like CRASH, JEA, and JEMA. This google …

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Intensive Prayer April ’11

INTENSIVE PRAYER TEAM John and Elaine Mehn Accelerating Spiritual Renewal and Church Planting Movements Converge Worldwide (BGC) Missionaries to Japan APRIL 2011 JAPAN SUFFERS GREAT DISASTERS – As many of you already know Japan suffered a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on 3/11, followed by a devastating tsunami, and a growing nuclear crisis at one nuclear plant. The effect of this triple tragedy is today still staggering. CRISIS OR OPPORTUNITY? – Many of us serving Christ in …

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Scope of the Disasters

The SCOPE OF THESE DISASTERS is staggering. – The earthquake was the largest in Japan and one of the world’s largest earthquakes on record. The quake was 1,000 times larger than the quake that hit Haiti in 2010. The effect of the quake was felt nearly all over Japan. In Tokyo, 120 miles away, we had a 5.0 magnitude quake, it was that powerful! – The tsunami was one that Japanese say only hits Japan …

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