Dear Friends and Ecumenical Partners in Christ,
Your generous gifts and prayerful support in response to the enormous humanitarian needs following the devastating destruction brought on by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the entire northeastern coast of Japan nearly two weeks ago have been received with much gratitude. Now we are confronted with the additional specter of the worst nuclear disaster in Japan since the end of WWII.
This week we have been successful in holding consultations with our national church partners and member organizations to determine our mutual priorities for a cooperative relief effort. We will be coordinating both the distribution of relief materials to the areas suffering the worst damage and locating temporary housing for those who lost homes due to the earthquake and tsunami as well as those now displaced from the area most exposed to radiation from the damaged nuclear plants.
We have become an indispensable hub for sharing information and dispatching goods and personnel to the worst-hit areas in coordination with the newly established Christian Coalition in Sendai which includes the United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan), The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), various other Protestant bodies and the Roman Catholic Church. The Sendai coalition is using the Emmaus Center which also serves as the Tohoku (NE) District office and Student Center of the Kyodan as its base of operations. As NCCJ Acting General Secretary, Rev. Hiroko Ueda will be making a personal visit tomorrow to consult with the coalition in order to determine the most crucial needs. In principle, NCCJ is seeking to make the most effective use of gifts from overseas ecumenical partners in providing relief for those who are marginalized and have no other channel of support as we continue to consult with our member churches to determine priorities and avoid needless duplication.
Our office is now in the process of finding available housing for internally displaced persons through our national network of churches and organizations. Our home page will be providing regular updates (mostly in Japanese) with occasional English messages. Please contact us if you have any questions or need for further information.
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In Christian love, Rev. Isamu Koshiishi, Moderator
Rev. Hiroko Ueda, Acting General Office Secretary