2013.8.22 72nd Relief Work Report

We volunteered at 3 different locations today.

1. Summer festival at Takayasu Liquor Store
2. Yosuke Asano’s tenor concert at Mangokuura residential unit
3. Tea and erhu performance at Ourahama

We are truly grateful for our visitors from Oumi church, Kawagoe church, Urawa church, Musashino church and Kansai Council who came out to join and help us today.

1. Summer Festival
Place of Activity: Takayasu Liquor Store
Number of Volunteers: 23

Although we originally planned our event to begin at 10am, we decided to start earlier since we had enough people waiting for it to start when we arrived at the venue. We started it off with a singing of Japanese folk music, followed by Mrs. Noriko Hamaoka’s worship concert and Pastor Hamaoka’s short message from the Bible. People seemed to have enjoyed the singing of folk songs a lot, and they were also listening to Pastor Hamaoka’s message attentively. We played bingo together, and had a food stand which served 70 servings of fried noodle, cotton candy and shaved ice. Thanks to the volunteers for all their hard work and prayer, we were able to prepare all the food successfully despite the large quantity which intimidated us at first. It really made my day to see smiles on everyone’s faces. I was especially touched when I heard people tell us how thankful they were for our longstanding service. (Takahashi)

2. Tenor Concert
Place of Activity: Mangokuura residential unit in Watanoha area
Number of Volunteers: 15
Number of Participants: 30

We were welcomed by few gentlemen who were waiting for our arrival. It seemed that a lot of people in the neighborhood knew about today’s concert through the fliers we distributed, and they had been looking forward to it. Mr. Asano sang for us for almost a whole hour, and the 15 songs he sang showed us how large his repertoire was! He sang Japanese folk songs as well as hymns and even some old Japanese pop music. People seemed to have really enjoyed the atmosphere of today’s concert, which was so laidback, warm and fun.
Pastor Kurihara told us a short message from the Bible, in which he also shared humorously about his sickness. We were truly encouraged by his transparent and positive attitude. We hope that God will continue to help us build a more solid and long lasting relationship with these earthquake and tsunami survivors. (Mariko Fukazawa)

3. Onourahama
Place of Activity: Oura town, Onagawa town
Number of Volunteers: 12
Content of Activity: Erhu performance, tea ceremony, lunch, distribution of goods
Number of Participants: 17

Onagawa is a beautiful town by the ocean. When we arrived at Onourahama beach, it felt livelier than other beaches with all its fishing boats on the shore. This fishing town is known for salmon, oyster and Japanese scallop, and it is slowly recovering from their initial damage. Government, however, is bringing an end to subsidizing their capture next year, and the fishers are still suffering from the reputation risk regarding the safety of their catch. We believe that we can help make a change by purchasing these fish and letting our friends and neighbors know that they are delicious and safe to eat.

The sound of erhu (Chinese violin) was beautiful. Ms. S played various folks songs for us, and with some we were able to sing along. The performance was followed by a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, some fun quizzes and games, and a scripture reading by Pastor Nose. He read the following passage from Psalm: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth (Pslam 46:1-8)”. We hope that one day, these people will come to know and make God their refuge. (Yuki Aizawa)

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