John and Elaine Mehn

John Back to Iwate

May 14th, 2011 by John

John will be leaving today with Phil Tsai, short-term worker, to work with a Rengo Disaster Response team in Iwate prefecture from the 15th to the 19th. The eight member team will include Pastor Sasaki, Rengo Board member, Pastor Kurashima of the Masago church, Associate Pastor Yamauchi of the Chuo church, the Wakaos of the Ishikawa Kita church and Pastor Yokota of the Minami Urawa church. This team is loaded with pastors!

John and Phil will pick up Pastor Yokota and supplies and then rendezvous the rest of the team at the Morioka Bible Baptist Church in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture on Sunday evening where we will spend the night. From Monday we will be working in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture distributing relief supplies, cleaning, removing debris, helping people emotionally, playing with kids, etc.

In this city of nearly 58,000 there are only two churches which together have only a weekly attendance of 39 people. Like the whole Tohoku region, this is a very unchurched and unevangelized area. We will be working with the Iwate 3.11 Church Network which is supporting relief efforts through local churches throughout Iwate Prefecture. Please pray for our hearts and our hands as we bring the love of Christ to this area.

Miyako lost more to 400 to the earthquake and tsunami and is the city where photos showed a waterfall-like tsunami over 124 feet high (about 10 stories) inundating the city. Photo: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/49440859 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NztouaHuCXw

Please pray for opportunities to share the love of Christ both in word and deed on this trip. Pray that we may make many smile with hope. Pray to that God would give both John and Phil wisdom and sensitive eyes this trip. After this month trip, Phil will be returning to Japan later in August with a Disaster Response Team from Chicago (and St. Louis). Maybe some want to join him.

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May 1st, 2011 by John

Last month John joined a team from the Kokubunji Baptist church that did volunteer work in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture April 17-20. Pastor Nakano from the Crossroad church also joined the team. There has not been time to develop a video yet, but some pictures and video with English are at the church webpage http://homepage2.nifty.com/kbch/new/tohokusupport/tohokusupport.html. The trip was very successful in completing several projects.

John and a short termer from America will also be joining a volunteer team from Tokyo district churches heading back to Iwate Prefecture from May 15-19.

Several short-term teams are coming to Japan to help with the disaster response. Teams are expected to come this month, June, July and August. Please pray for these preparations and also for God to send more workers into the fall and next spring. WE NEED MORE SHORT TERM VOLUNTEERS and teams to come. If you are interested in coming to Japan as a volunteer or if you would like to apply please go to http://www.convergeworldwide.org/reach-nations/japan-relief .

We are looking for PRAYER intercessors who would like to back up Converge Worldwide (BGC) and Rengo efforts in disaster response. A new website group has been set up at http://groups.google.com/group/Pray4Japan/. Please visit regularly or sign up if you would like these regular updates.

If you or your church is interested in GIVING to Converge Worldwide disaster response please give at http://www.convergeworldwide.org/give/30292. If you are interested in contributing to our support needs please go to http://www.convergeworldwide.org/give/496511.

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March 19th, 2011 by John

Our dear friend Akira Mori pastors a church in Iwaki Fukushima prefecture. I hope you will continue to pray for him and his church. I reported on him several days ago.

Already 12 or more truck loads of relief supply has been brought to us and it means we have to be wise and diligent to distribute them.

Please pray for God’s wisdom to be given to us, so that we will be able to bring the supplies to the “right” people.
Please pray that the Lord will refresh those who drive long distance to bring the supply and us who are here spiritually as well as physically every day.
Please pray that the Spirit of God will urge the people of this country to hunger after Jesus Christ, repent of their sins and come to Christ.

Today, I was with the team that came in 2 trucks from Chiba and Tokyo the whole day. At the end of our time, we went to the coastal village of Ena that was shattered by tsunami. As we were walking and taking photos, I saw a couple of men carrying kettles. They were walking some distance to get water. At that point, we had unloaded all the food and some water; all we had was about 500 liters of water. Words got around and the whole neighborhood could come and get water that they had been in need of. It was my privilege to tell the people of the village that Christians from Chiba and Tokyo sent the water by the money they got from the US, that Christians took the risk of radiation and drove all the way to bring it.

May the Lord Jesus become famous and His name be exalted in this city. Akira


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