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Finding Beauty in the Rubble: A Tsunami Survivor Tells Her Story

(See below for Japanese version of this post) The 2 Criminals film crew is pleased to release Finding Beauty in the Rubble! A short documentary featuring Mrs. Fukuoka, a remarkable lady who survived the huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Mrs. Fukuoka’s home and most of her neighborhood was washed away by the tsunami. Many of her neighbors died. After the disaster, Mrs. Fukuoka found meaning and hope by making jewelry from “sea glass” debris found on the beach. […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble: Please Join our Crowd-sourcing Campaign

Please go HERE to join our crowd-sourcing campaign and be a part of making the short hope-filled documentary, “Finding Beauty in the Rubble.” Act soon, the campaign will end on March 21, 2015.   A segment from the film (unfinished):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm01HYsDy6Q “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” is a short documentary film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a humble housewife whose home was washed away by the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Mrs. Fukuoka barely escaped the rushing waters that took away her home […]

Christians Making an Impact in Japan’s Disaster Zone: Report from Janet Kunnecke

Four years after Japan was hit hard by a massive earthquake, it is amazing how Christians continue to respond to the needs of survivors. One of our good friends, veteran SEND missionary Janet Kunnecke, recently presented a workshop on communication for a group living in Ishinomaki, a city that was devastated by the tsunami. Here is Janet’s report, I was invited to do a workshop on communication — focusing on listening well — at a house church on the coast near Sendai. […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble of Japan’s Mega-Disaster: Documentary Marks 4th Anniversary

“A crown of beauty for ashes.”  Isaiah 61 “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” is a documentary film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a humble housewife whose home was washed away by the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Shot on location in northern Japan, our documentary will show how Mrs. Fukuoka has found hope and meaning by making beautiful jewelry out of debris from the tsunami. There are several reasons we are making this film: We want to encourage and bless […]

The “First Lady” of Japan Visits Church in Tokyo

Todd Fong, my friend and colleague on the 2 Criminals film project, posted on his blog that Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s current Prime Minister, visited Biblical Church of Tokyo. Mrs. Abe was at the church to connect with volunteers at Wheelchairs of Hope (WOH), an NPO that uses space in the church building. Founded by World Venture missionary Mary Esther Penner, “Wheelchairs of Hope refurbishes used wheelchairs in Japan and distributes them throughout Asia, providing mobility, new life and hope.” I asked […]

Kenji Goto: Journalist, Jesus Follower, Humanitarian

On Sunday, Feb 1st Kenji Goto — a Japanese journalist known  for his courage and integrity — was brutally killed in Syria by ISIS. ISIS killed Kenji Goto for reasons only they could explain. However, it appears that ISIS was upset by financial aid that Japan had recently given to groups who oppose ISIS. Apparently, Goto became a pawn that ISIS used to intimidate the government of Japan. So, who was Goto? What was he really like? What does his […]

When Crises Strikes, How Do you Respond?

Terrorists Attack Paris Thousands Killed in Africa Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Disaster Strikes Japan War in the Middle East There seems to be no end of headlines telling us of suffering and death while our “small” personal crises almost never make the news. As a young child I experienced crises when my family moved to a small town called Killam (I am not making that name up). It felt like the town was trying to kill us. However, it wasn’t […]

Beauty from Ashes, Hope from Despair

“Beauty from Ashes, Hope from Despair” is the title of a recent blog post written by Todd Fong. Todd was part of the film crew that traveled six hours north of Tokyo to capture footage for “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” — a short film we plan to release next year. “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” will tell the story of Mrs. Fukuoka and how she found hope and healing after the huge tsunami in 2011 wiped out her neighborhood. […]

We Have Come to Worship Him: Advent Message by Nancy Nethercott

Two members of KBF — my home church in Tokyo — died recently. Pastor Gaius Berg remarked, “for 12 years we had no funerals, this year we have had three.” On December 7, 2014 my wife Nancy spoke at KBF. The death of church members and the hope of Christmas are woven into her message. I trust that Nancy’s Advent message “We Have Come to Worship Him” is an encouragement to many. Scripture Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 A few weeks ago, […]

Masamichi Imai: A Life Full of Burdens, Friendship, & Hope

Mr. Imai was an extraordinary Japanese man whose faith encouraged all those who knew him. I came to know Mr. Imai because he was part of Kurume Bible Fellowship, my church in Tokyo. I trust that you are encouraged by the beautiful story of Mr. Imai told by our mutual friend, Yoshitaka Satoh. ::::: Masamichi Imai: A Life Full of Burdens, Friendship, & Hope ::::: (Scroll down for a Japanese version of the story) At 3:15 a.m. on October 14, […]