Wow! There have been so many people calling and emailing us about friends we know in Japan. I wanted to give a quick update:
Nozomi, Mark and Towa heard from Nozomi's grandparents who live on the northeast coast of Japan and they are okay! This is such great news!
And our friends, Warren and Yukari Griffith from Mission to Japan emailed this today:
We've gotten a flood of phone calls and emails and have been encouraged by all the people praying for Japan, for us, and for the willingness to help. I may not have the time to respond to each person but here are some things I tell each person. First, to our knowledge none of the over 800 Japanese students we've had on our homestay programs are near the most affected areas of the earthquake and tsunami. Also none of the missionaries we know have been directly affected. We are thankful for that. My wife Yukari's father pastored a church in Sendai about 50 years ago, and they know people there. They have not been able to get in touch with anyone yet as the lines of communication are not yet open.
If you would like to give to help those in need, I suggest looking into the Red Cross, or CRASH to make financial donations. I think this is better than sending a box of supplies, because sometimes in these situations, inadequate distribution channels result in supplies not being delivered in time. Above all, let's keep praying for Japan and those in the affected areas. May the Lord use this to bring many into his kingdom!
Thank you Warren for this update!