On Saturday afternoon my boss Kay Ikezumi and I left the English Teachers Training in Ofunato early. We left to meet with Bishop Kato in Kamaishi. Kamaishi suffered the most from the tsunami and earthquake. Once we arrived we went straight to the project’s base. We were greeted by some of the local volunteers. The base is filled with donated clothes, a big table full of treats, tea and coffee. Many victims will come to the base for clothes and end up staying for tea and company. After a few minutes of chatting with the volunteers a youth group from Hokaido (the northern island of Japan) returned from visiting the temporary houses. Their bellies were full of tea and sweets that one of the women forced them to eat. It was nice to be around so many youth. They were all laughing and joking with one another. It reminded me of all the mission trips I went on with my youth group in high school and in college. I was so excited when we got to join them for dinner. We traded random facts/stories about our lives. At one point there was a long discussion about how to properly hold chopsticks. I loved hanging out with them.
|Kamaishi Church. You might not be |
able see the giant Pokemon characters
guarding the altar but they are there.
|The water was over went over this |
two story house.
|Rows of temporary housing|
|This area was filled with houses.|
|front doors of the temporary houses|
Please keep Japan in your prayers. There is still a lot of rebuilding to be done not only of the cities but also of people's lives. There are still more stories to come. Stay tuned.