The following can be used to communicate information about the Thompsons and their relationship with OMF International (our mission), JEMA (missionary association) and CRASH Japan (Christian relief coordination).
OMF International has worked in Japan since 1952, starting first in the Tohoku region, the area hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami. The northern Kanto region, location of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, was also hit hard. The Kanto region includes the greater Tokyo area where the Thompsons live, but is about 150 miles from the nuclear plant and there is no immediate health risk from radiation. OMF has 60 missionaries working in these two regions, and another 60 missionaries in the northern island of Hokkaido, an area not directly affected by this disaster. http://www.discover-japan.info/gettingthere_maps_regions_japan.htm
OMF is a member of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA, jema.org), a network of about 100 agencies. Six years ago a JEMA member started the Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope (CRASH, crashjapan.com), a network supporting Christians to do relief work in Japan and around the world. OMF and JEMA support the work of CRASH Japan, and OMF member Bryan Thompson is now serving full-time on the leadership team of CRASH in addition to serving on the Leadership Team of JEMA.
Officials estimate that at least 4000 people have died, over 10,000 missing, and 500,000 people are now living in shelters. Within 48 hours of the earthquake, CRASH began to organize the relief efforts of missionaries and Christians, both inside and outside of Japan, from their relief command center in Tokyo. Christians outside of Japan can help especially by praying for those involved in relief efforts and giving financially to support the work. The relief phase will last months, followed by the recovery phase that will take much longer. Teams of volunteers from outside of Japan are welcome, with priority given at this time to those with experience in relief.
More information can be found at the CRASH website, www.crashjapan.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/crashjapan, and at this blog.