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Sorry it has taken so long for me to post photos from March 11th. We are expecting our baby girl to arrive in a few days so it’s been a bit hectic. We are so excited to meet her!

March 11th, 2014 started with prayer at our trailer house in Onagawa:

Outside the trailer

We invited friends from other Christian groups to gather for a time of prayer and praise and were thankful for a good turnout. Everyone was impressed with the high quality of the trailer house – we agree that it’s very sturdy and well-insulated!


A shot of our team with two Japanese friends

Afterwards our team broke up into groups of two and went to visit friends in Onagawa. Matthias and I were able to visit at length with two lovely families as well as squeze in a quick visit to a busy cafe owner. We brought each friend a potted flower, a tract, and a postcard with this lovely image created by our friend Mizuki who is from Onagawa.

mizukicard

In the afternoon our team held a memorial event with music and a time of sharing:

Singing “He Knows My Name” (in Japanese)


We were glad to have some small visitors as well!


Saying goodbye to our friend Miki and her little daughter

In the evening, our friends at ICC (Ishinomaki Christian Center) and Be One held a memorial event in Ishinomaki. We enjoyed a time of singing, prayer, a few moments of silence for those who lost their lives, and a time for sharing.

Over 50 folks gathered to remember that day


Joey did a great job as MC

Chihiro sharing from her heart


Group hug!

There’s so much I could say about that day, but I think the highlights were 1) bringing a dear friend who survived the tsunami to the evening event in Ishinomaki. It was so precious to sit with her and mourn together. 2) Talking at length with a lovely, adorable young college student who lost her mother in the tsunami. She came with her father and her eyes were red from crying. I felt so honored to see her again and get to know her better, to talk with her about her studies, her life, and our baby. I’d post a photo of this beautiful girl but I promised her I wouldn’t!

It is truly a privilege to mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep. We are honored to be here and share our lives with those who continue to mourn and grieve.

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