Saturday, March 12, 2011

We Interrupt This....

Regular Blog Post for....

I had every intention to to post a new project this weekend. I may still do that, but with all that has gone on in Japan the past 24 hours, I feel like I need to interrupt the crafty blog post for some thoughts and memories.

I had the prevailage of living in Japan for several years during my college years. My first summer in Japan was with ELI / LIFE Ministries Scrum Dendo program. I was an English teacher / missionary in Sendai, Japan (the epicenter of the March 11, 2011 quake). Each of us were paired with a small church, where we taught English to children and adults in the neighborhood as part of an outreach program sponsored by the churches. We lived with a family gaining wonderful experiences, friends, and memories along the way.

Here I am meeting my host family at the train station.

Toru and Shoko, with their children, Hajime, me, Scott Nelson, Matt Boone, Tomoko and Yoko.

My home was with the Kimura's. He was the Pastor of Mukaiyama Christ Church in Sendai, Japan. Today, as I watched all of the news reports, and saw the devistation in and around Sendai, I could not help but think of everyone I had come to know that summer. Here are some general pictures of the Mukaiyama Christ Church.



And some of my students - Ruriko Kokubo, Kana Kokubo, Shogo Naganuma, Hiroko Yarimizu.... 



Here we are touring the Mastushima Islands. This is just west of the epicenter of March 11ths earthquake and tsunami.



I cherished my time in Sendai, with all of these wonderful people. I pray that they and their families have survived the quake and tsunami. I will continue to keep these people and my fond memories in my heart as everone begins to rebuild.

3 comments:

Ohhh Snap said...

Thank you for adding the human scale to this tragedy. On the news, cars and houses looked like toys. What a wonderful experience you had! TFS!

L.B. said...

You must have so many things running around in your head. Thask for taking some time to share your thoughts. I can see this area touched your life.

Nadia said...

What an incredible post! We have been praying for the people of Japan and my heart sinks every time there is a new worry concerning the nuclear power plants. Thank you for sharing your story and photos!!