I just watched a documentary called “Japan’s Tsunami Caught on Camera” which shows footage of the tsunami and interviews survivors in Kamaishi, Ofunato, Rikuzentakata, Kesennuma, Minami-sanriku, and Tagajo. I was crying as I watched the scenes of local people shrieking and weeping hysterically as they witnessed the tsunami destroying their homes and towns. One man cried out to God, “Please make it stop! Make it stop!” I’ve only seen a handful of videos (the most powerful was a BBC production entitled “Children of the Tsunami“) but this one was very well-done.

Indeed, part of the job description of all missionaries in Tohoku has been to listen to heart-wrenching, horrific stories like these and to offer the hope that only our God can give. Oh, that God would send more workers to Tohoku to be His hands and feet, to “heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.”