Praise the name of the Lord! Thank you very much for all your prayers and support from the brothers and sisters of Japan Assemblies of God and all around the world.
It has been more than two weeks since the major earthquakes in Kumamoto. Today, I would like to give a report of how Kawashiri AG and Kumamoto Bible AG are doing.
1. Kawashiri AG (Revs. Kimio and Tamiko Takaguchi) (The following is written by Rev. Takaguchi)
"We deeply appreciate the prayers and support from JAG, other churches and organizations."
"We receive additional relief goods from the support base of Sharon AG (Rev. Tsutomu Ueda) in Yatsushiro, in response to our current situations."
"We then distribute the goods to our members, in light of their respective situations. We would also like to use the financial support we have received, for the needs of some repair work later."
"We have one sister who fell down in the first major jolt. She is advance in her age and lives alone. She thought she had "bruises" and was carefully spending the following days. With severe pains, however, she was finally diagnosed that her coccyx and backbone were with compressed fractures. She was hospitalized on May 2nd. Her children have come back from other prefectures to take care of her."
"We have a member couple living in Mashiki Town, which is the epicenter of one of the major jolts. Their house was protected. However, the place is near a mountain, and they have evacuated, following the evacuation order. They alternatively stay in their brothers' places."
"There is a crack in the sanctuary on the second floor of our church building. There are new cracks, too, which we had not found before."
"It is said that there have taken place 1,500 aftershocks that may have been physically felt, and more than 100 ones that were stronger than Japanese Scale 3 and above. We will see until these afershocks will finally subside. We are going to start some repair work in two to three years, by observing the process, as to the damages caused by the ground subsidence by liquefaction."
2. Kumamoto Bible AG (Rev. Tadao Nagasawa)
"There have occured some level differences inside our church building."
"There are some places where our neighbors' walls are about to fall down."
"Some of our members have evacuated to Fukuoka, Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo."
"One member family are still sleeping in their vehicle (as of May 3rd)."
"Yet, around 30 people attended the service on April 24th, and nearly 40 came on May 1st."
That is all. Please pray especially for Revs. Takaguchi and Rev. Nagasawa's health to be sustained.
District Superintendent, Kyushu District Council of Japan Assemblies of God