United means to be one. We are created by God as one community. Local churches are one church under Jesus Christ and are one body. When one part of the body hurts, the whole body feels the
United Project IBF Team F presents. Greater things are yet to come. On an 8 day mission trip from the 29th of April to the 6th of June, United Project IBF sent the sixth team of 5 volunteers to the disaster site in Iwate.
pain. We are one.
Hot food for the Taro Area April, 01/2009
The job for this team was to deliver fresh vegetables, hot food and to play with the children current living in the shelters.
Fresh vegetables and hot food Potatoes, onions, carrots, spring onions, white radishes were divided into
Dividing up the fresh vegetables supplies which
individual bags to be handed out to local households. Working with a
was procured from the American military base in
team from Hokkaido, we announced that we were delivering hot food
and many came with pots to get some of this hot food and fresh
supplies were given to residents who are still
currently living in their houses. When our teams
delivered these supplies, we asked about other supplies that they currently need. If these supplies
Children’s team to “Green Pier” A shelter April, 04/2009currently
caring for 700 people.
TV, Manga, DVD, Lego blocks and Jenga. Children wanting piggy back rides, to wrestle and to skip. Spending this day with the kids gave us more joy than we could bring. “Please come again”, “When are you coming next?” Building up a long term action plan; something at the forefront of our minds as we continue to work with the local churches
When Akihiko Tsuchiya, a volunteer with
Mrs. Shino describes events of the 11th of March “Our house was protected from
the United Project, visited a house to
deliver food supplies, he was greeted
overhead.” Mrs. Shino describes the
with people in tears and on their
events after the earthquake and
tsunami and her current situation.
Without thinking Akihiko too gets on
“No one has come until now. Thank
his knees as they share tears together.
you for bringing us the food.”
- Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn – Romans 12:15
Simple but unforgettable words.
with those supplies. If not, we purchase these requested items.
When we first started this project, most people said that they did not need it and to give it to other people who needed it more. However, members of the local churches who have regularly visited the area since the earthquake have built up trust with the locals and are now able to better serve them. “Thank you for coming”, “When are you coming next?”, are just some comments that have left an impression on our team members.
The needs of the “house refugees”
who currently visit twice a week.
Breaking down the walls of the locals
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Raimu trying on new shoes Raimu trying on brand new Adidas shoes, with his mother watching upon him with a happy yet sad face. Another person asks for a 26cm, men’s, brown casual shoes. When we had a look at our base camp for those pair of shoes, there it was. Thanks to our God who knows our individual needs.
The Taro area was almost completely destroyed by the Tsunami. The massive earthquake and resulting tsunami and fires in this area created a divide between those house that were completely destroyed and those that were save because they were built on higher ground. This divided the town into two groups; those that have houses that were not affected by the tsunami and those that have lots everything they have. In reality, those who still have their houses are without jobs because their fishing boats along with their main source of income was washed away. Additionally, many of their cars were also washed away and as such many are not able to do their own shopping. These so called “house refugees” who are struggling can go to the local shelters for food and supplies, but they are often looked at differently because compared to those that have lost everything, they are considered lucky. The plan to rebuild the Taro area has yet to be implemented by the local government and this emphasized the importance of volunteers at this time. In speaking with these “house refugees”, many have said that they do not know what to do next and that they are anxious about the future. Currently, there are only eight churches along the Iwate coast meaning that many people have not heard of the Gospel nor had the opportunity to hear of it and experience the peace and hope that Jesus Christ gives. Through the relationships that we have built with the locals, we at United Project IBF hopes to share this Gospel through first building the necessary trust and relationships in the community. Michio Nagata