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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The Scientists Who Called Wolf

March 5th, 2010 by John

The other day I received an emergency bulletin from the US embassy indicating that there were severe tsunami warnings along the coast.  They were expecting 30 waves to hit sometime in mid-afternoon on Sunday.  The tsunami – incidentally a Japanese word – would be a result of the huge 8.8 earthquake in Chile.

That afternoon I was rushing to the airport by train escorting visitors who were leaving that day.  I noticed several train lines along the coast were closed due to expected high waves.  Fortunately we had planned an inland route.  By the time I got home I had heard that there was no cause for alarm and the tsunami did not come.  We live far from the coast so normally do not pay as close attention.  Now scientists are debating what happened and why.  I guess with tsunami’s it is always good to err on the side of caution.

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