Thank you all for your prayers and support for the relief work of the Higashi Matsushima Amazing Grace Support Center and for the healing and salvation of souls in the disaster area.
On Friday the 22nd at the Higashi Matsushima AG Support Center we had a team from a US Assemblies of God church in Hawaii came and put on a "Hawaii Festival". Then on the following day, Saturday the 23rd, members from Hachioji Zion Chapel came and put on a "Kid's Festival".
Since the team from Hawaii was staying at the center the Hachioji teamed lodged at the Izumi church. They woke up early in the morning and pastor Murakami led the "Smile Club’s” teachers and staff to the center and we had a wonderful event.
The place was full of kids and their parents and from 10AM~12noon there were games , dances, worship and a message. The ladies from the Hawaii team performed hula dances and the young men did some very powerful dances and before we knew it the 2 hours had flown by. The children were a little anxious to start with but eventually relaxed and smiles and laughter overflowed with the games, worship and dancing. They even listened attentively to the pastor’s message.
In closing the Hachioji team passed out the treats that they had prepared to the children and the festival came to a blessed and enjoyable end.
One young elementary aged boy who lives in a temporary housing unit had not been able to play normally after the disaster. I was told by his overjoyed grandmother who brought him that he was under a lot of stress but by coming to the festival and participating in the games and dances he was able to release a lot of the pressure.
I am so thankful to the Lord that He has not forgotten or forsaken the children in the disaster area and instead loves them and has provided this type if special event for them.
Please pray that the children and those adults that came with them will begin attending the Sunday worship and Sunday school that we recently started at the center and please pray that they will be saved.
I am so thankful for the big sacrifice that pastor Murakami and the 15 members of the Hachioji church gave. And I am also extremely thankful for the staff and Izumi church members who continuously ministered through from the previous day’s “Hawaii Festival”.
I give all the glory to God.
Thank you all for your understanding,
prayers and your precious offerings.
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