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This past weekend I came across these two videos from missionaries in Tohoku working in the heart of the disaster zone. Their testimonies were very deeply encouraging to us as we make plans to move to Tohoku this July.

Andy & Lorna Gilbert (Evangelical Free Church of America)
“The Gilberts are working hard to establish relationships with key people in the city and with other partners to collaborate on the outreach.  Already they have connected with many of the initial groups and agencies that have been doing relief and recovery work, such as Samaritan’s Purse, as well as leaders in the local schools and churches.”  (taken from the Japan Disaster Relief Center website)

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing (it’s 39 minutes long), please start at around 12:00.

Lorna shares in the video, “We’ve been in Japan for 12 years and what we are seeing is just unbelievable. We’ve never seen the openness of the people like this…We see that God is doing something new here…I believe God is wanting to use this city, Ishinomaki, to make Christianity a norm, a central part of life as they rebuild.”

Dean & Linda Bengtson (Lutheran Brethren International Missions)
The Bengtsons are working in Ishinomaki repairing homes and building relationships with people. Even almost a year after the disaster, they are still working hard to repair houses that were damaged.