Capital Public Radio will air an interview with a California-Nevada Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team, this Friday (Feb. 24, 2012).
The six-member team from Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC) leaves this weekend for Japan, where it will assist with the earthquake- and tsunami-relief effort.
The Tohoku Disaster Center in Japan sent a formal request to SJUMC for mission volunteers – a rare request, according to the church's pastor, the Rev. Motoe Yamada, who says the team was greatly honored by it.
Steve Milne of Capital Public Radio interviewed team members on Feb. 12. Listen to the broadcast Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:33 and 8:33 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. (times approximate).
Tune to KXJZ 90.9 and KXPR 88.9 in Sacramento, KKTO 90.5 in Tahoe/Reno, KUOP 91.3 in Stockton, KQNC 88.1 in Quincy, KXSR 91.7 in Groveland/Sonora, and KXJS 88.7 in Sutter/Yuba City.
Consisting of both English- and Japanese-speaking volunteers, the VIM team is scheduled to return to Sacramento on March 9. That Sunday (March 11), team members will share stories and photos from the trip, during a special event in the SJUMC Sanctuary, "Sharing Hope: Japan One Year Later."
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 1 p.m.
The public is invited to attend.
To donate, visit SJUMC's Japan relief website at http://www.sacjumc.com/japanrelief.html or send checks, payable to "SJUMC," to Sacramento Japanese UMC, 6929 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95823. SJUMC is a qualified Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and will provide tax-deductible receipts for all donations.