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On Friday, March 11, a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 80 miles east of Sendai, Honshu Island, Japan, causing a 30 foot tsunami. With damage assessments and the death toll still unfolding, it has already become clear that the devastation will be of catastrophic proportions.
“As the church in Japan copes with the impact of the recent earthquake and tsunami, the support of church members around the world through prayer and financial donations is greatly appreciated,” said Pastor Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division. “Assessments are still taking place of where major assistance will be needed,” he said.
There are approximately 15,000 Seventh-day Adventists in Japan worshiping in 115 churches. “Adventists are few and far between in Japan so we didn’t have a heavy concentration of churches or schools,” said Ken Osborn, treasurer of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. “The greatest challenge will be the overall economic impact for Japan more than rebuilding institutions or churches. With less than one percent of the population being Christian, opportunities will develop to express the hope Adventist Christians share,” said Osborn.
The North American Division is accepting donations on behalf of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. “As a part of our worldwide church family, we feel compelled to help out our brothers and sisters as they attempt to rebuild their lives and communities.”
To donate electronically, click here.
Or make checks payable to:
North American Division
Attn: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Note: ADRA International committed an initial response of $25,000 and an assessment team is currently in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit regions. ADRA Japan has been providing hot meals in an evacuation center. ADRA Japan continues coordinating with the Japanese Department of Social Services (DSS) and anticipates involvement in managing and coordinating evacuation centers in the affected area. To send your contribution to ADRA’s Emergency Response Fund, contact ADRA at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372) or give online. Canada residents may send their contributions to ADRA Canada’s “Japan quake/Pacific tsunami” fund or to the Emergency Response Fund, contact ADRA Canada at 1-888-274-2372 or give online.
Photo Credit: REUTERS-Yomiuri