BFI missionary in Japan, Nils Olson contacted the Japan Bethel Mission (JBM) office today where he talked with Pastor Yoshio Tsuzaka and asked about the JBM Rikuzen Takata church and Pastors Tamekichi & Emiko Morita.
Communication with the church is still next to almost impossible, but Pastor Tsuzaka said the Rikuzen Takata church is okay after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. The tidal wave stopped just 10 meters in front of the church building. Tsuzaka also said that the believers and Pastor & Mrs. Morita are well.
At its headquarters in Fussa City, JBM has formed a committee which is now strategizing on how to send relief to the Rikuzen Church. JBM churches on the island of Kyushu (Kurume Bethel and Munakata Bethel) will also be participating by sending offerings directly to JBM in the metropolitan Tokyo area, where they will in turn implement plans to send relief-aid north into Fukushima Prefecture and the Rikuzen Church.
Pastor Tsuzaka also related that there are five Christian men working inside the perimeter of nuclear reactor site. They are all members of the Fukushima First Baptist Church. Let us remember these men, thank God for their courageous spirits, and continue praying for relief in all areas of this disastrous situation.
“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.” Psalm 107:19-21