Some friends of ours were among the very first relief workers to reach the victims of the tsunami and earthquake. The earthquake hit on Friday, March 11th and by Sunday they were already in the disaster area to deliver much-needed supplies. In the early days, very few vehicles were permitted to travel into Tohoku. Miraculously, members of this house church network were given government permission to drive to Sendai to help with the rescue effort. One of the church members, Luke Cummings, was even interviewed by BBC news. Check out this video of their work:

They are renting an office space which is serving as a ministry base to reach out in the community in Ishinomaki. They wrote last summer, “Every night we have had people from the community come and visit us here. And I mean every night! For a few nights last week, three guys stayed until almost one am every night, sharing their experiences, hopes and fears with us. It has been such a blessing to have a place to talk, share, play ping-pong, and just hang out. We want to continue to use this base as a place to spread God’s love, hope and grace to the people of Ishinomaki.”

Check out their blog here: http://kamizoku.wordpress.com/