Ruth (Askew) Edwards, daughter of former pioneer BFI missionaries to Japan, Manfred & Hope ASKEW, writes:
This is from the Pastor Morita where the tsunami hit the hardest, via friends who have been keeping me informed. He & his wife, Emiko, went out from the Mizuho church that my parents built. I have had great concern for them, because their whole town was washed away. Their church/home building was damaged by the earthquake but was not washed away. The tsunami stopped 30 feet from their door (a miracle).
What I find amazing is that they are not asking for anything for themselves, but for families in their church who lost everything. In a time of great need, they are reaching out to others. I am also heartened that other churches around Japan have gotten things to them, even though it was difficult because there are no longer roads. Please keep them in your prayers.
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 1:48 AM
Just got this email from Ai-Sensei:
This message was given by Pastor Morita dictating to Pastor Ito, who has written down on his computer and was sent to Ai Sensei:
We (Moritas) watched the tsunami waves destroying Takada Town (in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Pref.) We ran to the mountain behind us, seeing black water coming closer, and we prayed! Ps.46:1 was given! (God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. )
Tsunami washed away all electric lines & poles, so no electricity! Everyday water truck comes. Pick up water & food (mostly bread, sometimes rice balls)
One week later, a bus loaded with things came from a Sendai’s church. As where we live we have no road fixed, people had to make people chain to bring things up to the church! We distributed things to people all around us!
Misaka Sensei’s Church (Haijima, Tokyo)(Missionary John Bell pioneered it) sent lots of things to us!
Some non-Christian owners drove two hours to bring “butajiru” (hot Japanese pork stew) as they thought that
people must be cold without heat!
From Tokyo’s Agape relief group many things came.
Because of people love & concern, we have enough things here to live & survive!
But we too have concern for the five church families who had lost everything as their place was in the town! Only thing they have is what they have with them at the evacuation center! How we want to bless them! The best way for us to bless them is to provide them some financial needs!
I feel overbearing to ask you to send money, but it would be so great if we could give them some money to encourage their broken hearts!
We appreciated your prayers!
In the Love of the Lord,
Morita (April 2)