Our Response to the Crisis in Japan

After the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunamis, the devastation in Japan is overwhelming.  11,000+ people are either dead or missing.  Thousands and thousands have lost everything and are cold, homeless and hungry.  And there are possible threats of nuclear explosions and aftershocks that could lead to more chaos and destruction.  What does God want me to do?  What does God want Graystone to do?

The people of Japan are heavy on my heart, and I have been praying constantly for them.  Japan is not a “Christian nation” and I’m praying that God will use this disaster to lead thousands of Japanese to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  I am also praying that Jesus’ church worldwide will respond, work together and demonstrate God’s amazing love, grace, and compassion.

Let’s pray.  Let’s trust God’s spirit to lead us to the appropriate response.  Then, let’s be faithful to do what God has called us to do.

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9

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  1. God has burdened me to pray for them and as I was talking with Him about the terrible heartache and suffering they are enduring He reminded me that unless they accept His gift of salvation through faith in Christ, they will endure a far greater suffering for all eternity. I am praying for Him to do amazing things for His children in Japan and we will get to meet many new brothers and sisters in Christ.

  2. Someone once said that “God speaks through the megaphone of pain.” I disagree – I just think that our hearing gets better. Let’s pray for a contact who has an established ministry there, and see what God will provide through us.

    • Dale, my best friend is a missionary in Japan. She currently lives in Okinawa (an island) but she has connections to people who have established ministries in the Tokyo and are providing some relief. She recommends this ministry: http://www.crashjapan.com/

      CRASH Japan is a non-profit disaster relief organization created to provide assistance during crisis situations. CRASH Japan, working closely with JEMA (the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Association), has a large network of experienced volunteers in Japan who know the culture and language, and are on the ground, ready to act.

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