Dear Friends of our Mission work
We have come to visit Japan, to see where we can be of help; checking out the location for bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Japan
Meeting locals and local missionary has been of great help for a future event we want to do.
We also visited Ishinomaki on this trip, which was one of the most devastated areas from the tsunami.
I also just found out that last month in September they had one of the greatest typhoons ever recorded in that same area.
People who had lost homes and cars before had taken up new loans, and many lost their cars again because of the typhoon.
The scope of the destruction is massive. Yesterday we drove along part of the coastline; Even today it looks like the tsunami had just happened because there was very little clean up.
The tsunami did not hit the actual city of Sendai because it is built up in the hills of Japan. However the coastline (including the airport which is 30 minutes from Sendai by train) was severely damaged north and south of Sendai, for hundreds of kilometres.
Much has been cleaned, but it still had the appearance of needing much more work. Hundreds or even thousand of homes are still filled with mud.( those that survived ).
Many mission workers we met on Sunday came here to help to clean up and restore homes. Some of them helped when the hurricane Katrina hit in the USA. They all said that the damage in Japan is far worse.
Many of the people who lived here are so devastated that they fled the region, many still live here in destroyed homes (1st floor). Those who had money were rebuilding or restoring.
But when you look at the pictures we are going to send out, you can tell that it is far from being a normal city.
Remember we just visited a tiny spot!!
Here is video that explains some of what we saw and heard.
We will keep you posted as we continue our mission trip.
Drs. Victor and Judith Emenike