Japanese UMC Hosted "Remembering Japan" Event
The Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church recently hosted an event entitled Remembering Japan: 2 Years Later. This was held to remember the devastating disaster that struck Japan in 2011, to share information about recovery efforts, and to raise awareness of ongoing challenges.
The program opened with musician Mark McLean followed by a musical performance by the Sakura Chorus, the congregation's women's choir. Presentations were given from two UMVIM team members, Yuri Kimura, and Lois Yuki. The keynote speaker was Jonathan McCurley, a General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) missionary from the Florida Conference who is serving at the Asian Rural Institute ARI) in northern Japan.
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 quake occurred off the east coast of Japan. The quake triggered a devastating tsunami which swept inland causing untold destruction to property, homes, and roads, killing over 15,000 people. The tsunami also caused damage to a nuclear power plant which leaked radiation into the surrounding area.
At the event McCurley spoke of ongoing relief efforts to clean up the destruction caused by the disaster. McCurley said rebuilding is not something that would be finished in a matter of years but will affect generations to come. He also said that along with physical damage there is emotional and psychology trauma. There are currently around 300,000 citizens still living in temporary housing.
The church is planning to send its fourth team to Japan this fall. For questions, email JapanRelief@sacjumc.com. They ask for your continuing prayers. Donations from the event went to support the church's future Japan Recovery UMVIM teams and ARI.