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Japan Assemblies of God 2011 Tohoku Earthquake Initiative

2021-01-01 12:44:11 | Reports of Relief Activities

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 This is the planned initiative of relief by the Japan Assemblies of God to the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

 Stage 1: Support effected JAG churches and their members
 Stage 2: Equipping affected churches to be regional relief centers
 Stage 3: Continued support of disaster areas from the regional relief centers (churches)

 At the moment, in order to concurrently initiate all stages of the above plan we will make use of both the material and human resources of all JAG churches, as well as outside AG support teams; actively moving the plan forward.
 This blog will communicate one part of the Japan Assemblies of God’s relief efforts. We truly appreciate your understanding and support of our activities.

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the initiative of relief by the JAG


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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (5/12/2014)

2014-05-12 22:42:15 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.
  On Sunday the 11th, here at the Higashi Matsushima AG Relief Center we held Sunday worship and Sunday school. For this service we were blessed to have Teen Challenge Japan's director Tom Kisaki give the message as well as a testimony from center staff member brother Ryota Senoue. Ryota shared his great testimony of salvation and call to the ministry and then pastor Kisaki preached a message from Hebrews 4:15 entitled “Believing in Jesus who knows us well; let's be made anew!”
 That day was Mother's Day so pastor Ito read from Psalm 121, prayed a prayer of blessing over the ladies in attendance and then passed out gifts of small potted flowers to all the ladies in attendance.
 On that day a Russian believer named Oxsana Iwazaki, who lives in Ichikawa, Chiba, came and attended the Sunday AM service at Izumi and the afternoon service at Higashi Matsushima. She was responsible for inviting Mr. Kawakami and she gave a brief introduction during the worship service.
 Sister Oksana works as a television personality and has come many times since Christmas to do relief work. She has been consistently encouraging and contacting Mr. Kawakami, who lived in Omagarihama and lost his four family members, his house and his business in the tsunami, to be a part of the relief center worship gatherings. During her greeting she said, “All of you who live here in the disaster area, please, please, know the love of Jesus and be saved” with tears streaming down her face. I bless the Lord as I see these strange and marvelous ways in which He is stretching out His hand of love to the disaster victims.
Our upcoming schedule is to hold the second “Amazing Mama's Club” on Tuesday the 13th. Then we will hold the forty fourth meal distributions festival on Saturday the 17th with the prep day being held on that day before, Friday the 16th.
 We would truly appreciate if you would continue to keep is in your prayers.
All the glory belongs to the Lord!

To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (5/10/2014)

2014-05-10 17:04:20 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.
 Here at the relief center on Thursday the 8th we welcomed a lot of attendees to the 26th “Tea Party” event even amidst a strong gale. We started off by playing a quiz game while eating snacks. That was followed by some songs of praise, then the DVD “A Hymn’s Story” and finally resident missionary Rhonda shared a message entitled “Let's fill our heart's with good things instead of bad things” (Galatians 5:22, 23). Lastly, Pastor Ito prayed for the healing of illnesses and the resolution of people’s problems. Right now at the relief center we are seeing various works of healing. Even on that day a testimony of God’s healing power was shared by one lady. Praise the Lord!

 On Sunday the 11th, which is Mother’s Day, we will have Sunday worship and Sunday school at the center. We will pray a blessing over the mothers in attendance and we are blessed to have staff member brother Senoue give a testimony and Teen Challenge Japan’s director Pastor Tom Kisaki give the message.

 Please pray for us and know that we truly cherish all of your prayers and support.

To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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A Report from Pastor Okubo of Yonezawa Christ Church (5/6/2014)

2014-05-06 20:21:38 | Testimony

Hallelujah! This is the flier for the May 17th (Sat) Soma Shinchi-machi relief event.
 The event will be held at the Gankoya Temporary Housing Area's public meeting hall. Upon entering the meeting hall, in the carpeted room on the right, there will be a musical performance by the members of the Niigata church. While in the Japanese style room to the left Professor Koji Kaneko will give a parenting seminar entitled “What is the key to happiness?” This event is being promoted by Professor Kaneko and the Fukushima Christian Alliance with the strong desire to plant the seed of the gospel in the hearts of families. Please pray that as many mothers and fathers can attend as possible.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (5/3/2014)

2014-05-03 19:25:35 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.

 On Saturday the 7th of June we will hold the “Second Amazing Relief Center Festival” (10am to 3pm).
 This is an event started last year thanks to the support of the US Assemblies of God's relief organization Convoy of Hope who came and helped us immediately after the disaster in 2011. By God's amazing blessing last year's event saw many people come and also was a great force for spreading the gospel of Christ and the relief of God's love to this region.
 The purpose for this year's festival is to reach the lost and to see their lives and hearts renewed in Christ. We also hope that it will be an opportunity for even more people to learn about the center and for those who are already believers and are involved with the center that they will learn to be ministers. What's more, we hope that by the gathering and cooperation and many Christians that the love of Christ and the Glory of God will shine out to this region, bringing more and more people to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
 The center staff is very busy preparing this year's festival's worship, booths, local vendors, food stalls, health consultation, counseling tent, etc.; please keep them in your prayers. We are also looking for help from groups or individuals as well as looking for performers. Currently we are planning to begin setting up the event space and doing various preparations starting from Friday the 6th. If you can come on that day we would gladly let you stay the night at the center.

 For more information, please contact the relief center at.
   (Relief center 筺Fax0225-28-4254
         e-mail: amazing-gospel@church.email.ne.jp)
   Thank you for all of your support and prayers.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (5/1/2014)

2014-05-01 21:26:10 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.

 On Sunday the 27th, here at the relief center we held Sunday worship and Sunday school. At our church we held Easter worship on the 20th but here at the center we celebrated Easter one week late. For the service we were blessed to have a number of locals turn out and join us in worship. Also, Mrs. Abe who often attends the center's various events just gave birth to her third children in March and so we held a dedication for the baby.
 After the special worship song resident missionary Eric shared a message about how Jesus was resurrected and lives even now. Then Pastor Ito prayed in the name of the risen Lord Jesus for people's healing and for problems in their life to be resolved. We also had Sunday school on the second floor and many young people gathered to hear the word of God.

 On Saturday the 7th of June we will hold the “Second Amazing Relief Center Festival” (10am to 3pm) in order to reach the lost and to see their lives and hearts renewed. This is an event that both started last year and continues this year thanks to the support of the US Assemblies of God's relief organization Convoy of Hope. By God's amazing blessing, we saw over 1,500 people attend last year's festival.
 The center staff is very busy preparing this year's festival's worship, booths, local vendors, food stalls, health consultation, counseling tent, etc.; please keep them in your prayers. We are also looking for help from groups or individuals as well as looking for performers.

 For more information, please contact the relief center at.
   (Relief center 筺Fax0225-28-4254
         e-mail: amaizinggospel@church.email.ne.jp)
   Thank you for all of your support and prayers.
To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (4/23/2014)

2014-04-23 10:27:02 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.
 Even though the cherry blossoms are out it is still the chilly part of early spring and on Tuesday the 22nd, here at the relief center, we held the trial run of a mommy and me type English class that we are calling “Amazing Mama Club”.
 Currently at the relief center we hold worship services, Sunday school, meal distribution events, tea party events, Bible studies, “Kids Brown” English classes and adult English classes, as well as a craft club. Yet for a long time now it has been our desire to do some thing for mothers with little children that are struggling with issues regarding parenting. Starting in October of last year, Our resident missionary family the Boehme's were appointed to lead this ministry and beginning this January, Rhonda, the wife, begin various planning meetings in preparation for the ministry's launch.
 For the event we had two moms attend, one from Higashi Matsushima and one from Ishinomaki and both came with two kids each. So we had two adults and four kids in attendance.
 Starting at 11am the entire Boehme family, including their children, the center staff and a few ladies from the Izumi church joined in with the mothers and children to play games and sing and dance to English songs.
 After that the center staff members took care of the children while Rhonda, the ladies from Izumi and the mothers did a craft that involved decorating flower vases with ribbon. Then Rhonda used a parenting text to teach from and spent lunch chatting freely about different topics.
 Even after the scheduled finish time of 1pm the fellowship continued on and it was not until nearly 2pm when the event ended. This first “Amazing Mama Club” event ended with joyful smiles all around.
 We are planning on holding this event once a month.
Please pray that through this gathering mothers will be able to lay down their burdens and be healed, leading them to the Lord. Also, please pray that their children will come to faith in Christ.
 Thank you all for your prayers and support.

To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (4/11/2014)

2014-04-11 20:59:45 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.
 Here at the Higashi Matsushima Amazing Grace Relief Center we have had some volunteer staff members ministering to the disaster victims. Of them Ms. Nozomi Odajima from the Shinohara church will return home on March the 24th after nearly three years of service and Mr. Wataru Watanabe from Yamaguchi will return home after one year of service. I am so thankful for their entire ministry up to this point.
 Currently at the center we have two ladies and one man ministering daily. Recently there has been a break in the relief work because of the Izumi church's camp etc. but starting on April 2nd we will again begin the regular relief work schedule.
 On Thursday the 10th we held the 25th “Tea Party” event. There was the strong wind blowing that this area is known for but the sky was clear and so even before the start time of 2pm we had a number of people already gathered at the center. When we started nearly every table and chair was filled.
 We opened with a quiz based on cherry blossoms and then sang a number of beautiful folk songs that had a spring theme. Following that we watched the popular documentary, “Samurai Who Read the Bible”. Then there was a human video by the Izumi chapel youth followed by a message base on Psalm 37:3-5 “Let's Believe on the Lord and Pray!” given by our resident missionary Rhonda. Pastor Ito then prayed for the healing of sicknesses and the resolution of problems, bringing an end to the event. Even after the event finished many stayed around to fellowship and then, thanks to everyone pitching in to help clean up, we ended the day with a prayer of thanksgiving just before 4pm.
 Recently we have had two people give their lives to Christ and they are now preparing for baptism. Please pray that these two will be able to receive baptism.
 Thank you all for your prayers and support.

To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (3/24/2014)

2014-03-25 01:09:18 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.

 Here at the relief center on Saturday the 22nd we held the forty-third meal distribution event amidst the blessing of the Lord. At 9:30 the center staff, Izumi Chapel members, the Soka church children's choir and their leaders as well as a number of locals gathered at the relief center. Then Pastor Miwa Sato (formerly a famous female professional wrestler) gave a prayer of blessing and we started preparing for the meal distribution event.
 That day the sky was clear and it was unseasonably warm but the strong wind off the ocean that this area is known for was blowing fiercely. Before anything could be done all of the food, pots, burners, propane gas tanks and relief items needed to be carried out of the center to the outside tents. Then in order for the things to not be blown away the cooking tent, relief item tent and the trash station all had to be secured with ropes. In all it added thirty minutes to the prep time and once it was done the cooking could begin.
 Thirty minutes before the scheduled opening of 11:45 the stage performance began. Staff member Nozomi Odajima was the emcee and Pastor Ito gave and opening greeting. After that, some of the center staff members led everyone in the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.
 Immediately after that we invited our guest performers for the event, the Soka church Matsuhara Children's Choir, and they sang and performed a skit. After that, resident missionary Eric opened the meal with a prayer of thanks.
 With the strong wind and that fact that it was Higan (a Buddhist ritual day remembering the souls that have passed from “this life”) it seemed that people were slow in coming but sure enough as time went on, the center filled up and overflowed to the point that our secondary seating area was also full. During the meal we also had a special worship song by Mr. Futoda from the Izumi church and then Pastor Ito shared a brief message.
 After everyone had come and things had settled down around 1pm, the Matsuhara Children's choir came to the stage and face their second performance. This allowed all of those who arrived late as well as the volunteers who were busy earlier to get a chance to enjoy the worship as they ate their lunch.

  After everyone had come and things had settled down around 1pm, the Matsuhara Children's choir came to the stage and gave their second performance. This allowed all of those who arrived late as well as the volunteers who were busy earlier to get a chance to enjoy the worship while eating their lunch. Also, we had a youth member, Takahashi, who attends the Kanazawa church give a brief greeting. In the end everyone had a great time of fellowship.
 During a break in the ministry I had the chance to chat with people who had come to the event. I spoke with one disaster victim whom I have never met before and they shared about the terrible loss form the tsunami and the difficult life that they have led after that experience. I took a moment to pray for their comfort and healing and then they told me, “Ever since the tsunami you all have been a great help!” And then they encouragingly asked, “When is the next meal distribution scheduled for?!”
 We ended just a few minutes before the scheduled finish time of 2pm and then many people worked together to clean up the venue. We then took a commemorative group picture and prayed with the team from the Soka church just before sending them on their way.
 I am so thankful that I could share with you about God's blessing and protection over this most recent meal distribution event as well as share about the hands-on-way that we were able to display the loving gospel of the Lord
  Thank you all for your prayers and support.

To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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A Report from Pastor Ito of Izumi Fukuin Chapel (3/21/2014)

2014-03-21 23:30:01 | Testimony

 Thank you for continually praying and lovingly supporting our relief work here in the disaster area.

 On Friday the 21st we did some preparation work for the forty-third meal distribution festival was scheduled for the following day, Saturday the 22nd. Because of the low pressure system that brought in a lot of snow on Thursday the 20th, we left Sendai on Friday morning with about 10cm (4in) of snow on the ground. But over on the coast where Higashi Matsushima is it had only rained; there was no snow. Instead we we're blessed with a crisp blue sky.
 The center staff, members from Izumi chapel and a number of locals all worked together to prepared the food, stuff take home care packages, set up the outside tent as well as the PA and indoor seating.
 Just as we finished the preparation time, the stage performers for this event, the thirteen member Soka church children's choir, safely arrived. We gave them a quick orientation and then shared a time of prayer.
 On the day of the 22nd's meal distribution, all of the ministering volunteers will meet at the center at 9:30, we will pray together, discuss any issues and then begin preparations to open the event. Starting at 11am we will begin distributing the numbered meal tickets. We will officially start at noon and then end at 2pm. We are planning for about 350 people to attend. Please pray that the event will be blessed and protected by the hand of the Lord, that the gospel will be boldly preached to all in attendance and that the glory of God will be revealed.

 Thank you all for your prayers and donations.
To view more pictures of this event, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the blog entry.

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