Huge Earthquake in Japan

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  1. John of Japan

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    This afternoon we had a huge earthquake in Japan, the biggest ever recorded here at 8.8. Providentially the epicenter was about 50 miles offshore and not on land, but there is extensive damage in many areas of the country with dozens reported dead and dozens more injured so far. There will be many more.

    When it happened I was at the church correcting our translation of the book of Jude with Uncle Miya, and Patty was at home. We felt the earthquake and I wondered at that because we never feel earthquakes in Asahikawa, since we are way inland on the northern island of Hokkaido. So I figured there must be a big one somewhere offshore. Sure enough, this earthquake was felt everywhere in Japan, from our northern island of Hokkaido all the way down to Okinawa.

    Shortly after the earthquake Patty called from our 5th floor apartment to say she was feeling dizzy from the earthquake. I also got a call from our BWM missionary down in Nagoya, who said they were all right. All of our BWM missionaries in Japan are okay--four families and two single people. Two families are on furlough right now including our co-workers, who kindly called in the middle of their night to make sure we were okay.

    Since Patty was okay, and there was nothing else we could do, Uncle Miya and I continued translating the book of Jude and then worked on his translation of a missionary's experiences when captured in the 1930s by the Communist Red Army in China during their "Long March."

    There are still aftershocks from 3.0 up to 6.6 occurring, though we haven't felt any in our town. Tsunami warnings came immediately after the earthquake, and waves of up to 8 meters high have hit on the coast of the main island of Honshu, with warnings still being broadcast. Fortunately a warning was broadcast a half hour before the first tsunami hit, so people were able to flee to safety.

    Fires have occurred in various cities, including a huge one at some kind of refinery in Chiba City. People have drowned in the various tsunami, died in landslides, been hit by falling debris, been burned in the fires, etc.

    Right now the big danger is aftershocks and more tsunami. We've seen images of the first big tsunami on TV, with 100s of cars swept away, some houses swept away, 50 foot fishing boats being swept inland, etc. Also, we've seen images of the earthquake from various cities that are scary. All the trains are stopped in Tokyo and probably most of the Tohoku region north of there.

    We have several friends we are worried about: Pastor Kosaki on the coast of Hokkaido, Pastor Tajima in Koriyama in Tohoku which was hit hard by the earthquake, Pastor Mita in the Tokyo area, Pastor Carter in the Tokyo area. Please pray for these families.
     
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    Watching the video now and praying for the people of the Rising Sun.

    Rob
     
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    just saw this on the news, prayed for Japan and then rushed to the BB to check on JOJ. Will be praying!
     
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    Thanks for the prayers, friends. All channels are giving the news, all bad. I hope I can check on my friends tomorrow. Also, a woman from our church moved down last fall to Miyagi Prefecture, which was in the hardest hit Tohoku area.
     
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    Thanks for the update John. Glad you and yours are safe. I can't imagine what the victims experienced. I'm friends with a Japanese teacher here. He's very concerned for his loved ones. Prayers going out to everyone in Japan at this time.
     
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    Oh John! I'm so glad you're OK. I just woke up and my husband told me - and I grabbed my computer to see if you had posted.

    My prayers are with all of those affected in Japan. This is a massive earthquake and so devastating. We're watching the news now.
     
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    Thanks for the prayers to Rippon and annsni. I hope your friend's family is all right, Rippon.

    We keep hearing more and more sad stories on the news: an old folks' home collapsed with dozens missing, whole villages washed away, many missing in various places. The death toll is close to 70 and still rising all the time, with more than that missing.
     
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    So glad to see you posting, and that you and your wife are OK! My prayers are with the people of Japan. I have many friends there, and will be praying!
     
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    JoJ, I'm so glad you all are ok. I too, am worried about Joe Mita, as he is a beloved missionary supported by our church. If you hear anything from him or his family please keep us updated. Praying here.
     
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    Thanks to Gwen and abcgrad94 for your prayers.

    Joe Mita is a good friend going way back to college at TTU in the early '70's. His city is on the north side of Tokyo way away from the ocean, so he may have gotten shook up, but so far I've seen no bad reports on TV from his area.
     
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    Thanks JoJ. I'm starting our prayer chain right now to pray for all of you missionaries, and for those we know in Hawaii who are probably getting hit with the tsunami by now. I'm sure you will have many opportunities to minister during this time.
     
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    Praying for you as well as the others.
     
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    Thanks John for checking in!.. I saw it on the news, and was worried about you, so the first place I checked was BB!... lol

    I hope you don't mind, but I linked your OP to my facebook page so that friend of mine can be praying for you and the people of Japan.
     
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    Thanks for posting John. Its good to know that you and yours are fine.

    While ya'll are praying, an online friend of mine named Joni lives on(in?) the Iwate perfecture which to my understanding is inside the hardest hit region. She is up in the mountains rather than on the coast so the tsunami is probably not a concern. Landslides on the otherhand...

    Just yesterday she commented on the frequency and magnitudes of the quakes they had felt over the past few days. :(
     
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    I have friends over there as well. Praying very much.

    You're in our prayers, JoJ!

    May God bless you and strengthen you as you hit "crisis mode" and work long hours. May He mulitply your efforts and give you strength , patience, and endurance beyond that which is humanly possible. May your capacity for compassion meet every "impossible" need. And may this terrible event, which the enemy would desire for evil, be transformed by the power of God into good.
     
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    Thank the Lord for your safety and praying for Japan.
     
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    Praying God uses this to open even more doors for you over ther JoJ!
     
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    I just found out all BMM missionaries in Japan are accounted for and safe, although there is extensive damage. I'm so thankful they are ok!
     
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    It's Saturday morning in Japan.

    To tinytim and anyone else who wants to link here, feel free to do so. I'll give occasional updates here from what we are hearing in Japan.

    Thanks to all who are praying and have posted here with encouraging words. I feel myself near to tears all the time when I watch what is happening on TV. So much death, so many missing, so much damage it's hard to take in. But this country is so hard-hearted towards the Gospel, maybe this will open hearts to the Lord. Do you realize that Pakistan, home to many Islamic radical movements, has 2% Christians, but Japan only has 1%?

    So much is going on it is hard to think what to write. I'm sure you've seen some on American TV. Rescue operations are going on in many places. Over 90 fires have been found, including a huge one at an oil refinery. A nuclear power plant is in their top emergency mode, with greatly increased radiation. Many areas are still flooded from the tsunami (plural), which have reached up to 10 meters--almost 35 feet high! The toll of dead and missing is over 1100 now and climbing rapidly.

    This morning I've been doing email, since many friends and supporters have written asking how we were. (I wrote loved ones right away yesterday, of course.) Several have tried to call from America, but it is almost impossible to get through they say. Our co-workers on furlough finally got through after 45 minutes yesterday.

    After this I'll go out and do some evangelism, but not much nowadays since I was recently diagnosed with fallen arches, which causes great pain after just an hour of evangelism. Then I'll go to the church and prepare for tomorrow. I'll teach Greek to Mr. Kodama at 2:00, a Methodist man who wants to become a pastor.

    Please pray for me to know what to preach on tomorrow. I have no idea. What I was preparing won't fit the bill. But the people will need encouragement from the Lord. All probably have friends and loved ones down on Honshu Island where the earthquake was most severe, and tsunami and aftershocks are still occurring.
     
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    That's great to hear. That would include my old friends from college, Pastor Mita and Pastor Tajima, as well as other good friends in the affected area with BMM.
     

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