Today represents one week since the massive earthquake and devastating tsunami in the Tohoku and Kanto regions of Japan. At the CRASH relief command center in Tokyo about 80 relief volunteers gathered at exactly 2:46pm to join the rest of Japan in moments of silence, followed by a time of prayer for the people of Japan in English and Japanese. Tears began to flow even before we started praying: Tears of sorrow, tears of exhaustion, tears of emotion as we face the enormous task ahead. We confessed our weakness in the face of such need and cried out to God to "to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" (Eph 3:20). We concluded by singing A Mighty Fortress is our God, so fitting for the task ahead: "Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing."
My team of volunteer coordinators, now about 10 people, have documented about 500 offers for service. Staff of one relief organization stopped by and told us they could send 600 more. A campus ministry said they estimate they could send 1500 volunteers. It is overwhelming for our team. We need more people to help us coordinate these efforts. We need wisdom to create a structure that allows us to prepare for many relief volunteers in the months to come while also responding to immediate needs.
Please pray for us.