Friday, March 11, 2011

To Our Dear Japanese Friends

When my phone rang early this morning, I knew something was wrong.  My mom called to ask me if I had heard the news about the earthquake and tsunami that had hit Northern Japan.  I instantly turned on my computer to check the news and then I felt sick.  We have so many sweet friends throughout Japan and a special place in our heart for the nation of Japan.

After a couple of hours of emailing, praying, and waiting we heard from some of our dear friends in Tokyo.  I am thankful to report that the Caughlin Family is doing well.

And in true Caughlin form, they are housing some students who were left stranded in Tokyo, as the trains are not operating at this time.  Cam and Kristen, you all are true servants. You are in our prayers as you minister to those around you.

Our dear, sweet friend, Ayumi, has been in contact with us as well.

She is stranded in Tokyo with her co-workers, but she is not hurt.  She has been able to communicate with most of her family.  However, she has not heard from her brother.  We are praying for Ayumi's family to be reunited soon.

We love you Yumi!!!  We are praying for you and your family!

We have been praying today for Nozomi and Towa as they await news on Nozomi's family members in Tokyo.  We miss you and love you!

And to all of our homestay students from Kobe, Osaka, Okinawa and Nagasaki - Asuka, Aya, Kasumi, Karen, and Yuki.  We are praying for you, your families, your friends, and that beautiful island nation of yours.

 To our precious friends in Osaka...

Akiyo, Masaki, Saeka, Haruka, Shigemi and all of the kids, we love you!

And Dan and Karen, as you pastor and minister to your hurting flock, please know that we are praying for you and that you are loved!

These are the names and faces of our Japanese friends that our hearts hold near and dear.  And even though we are literally across the world from each other, separated by land and sea, I know that we can pray with them and for them.  I know that God has them in the palm of His hand.  

The earth may shake and the seas may roll, but the God of the Universe will not be moved.  He is our  rock solid foundation! Our anchor!  Our everlasting Father in times of need!  



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