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Responding to Kumamoto Quake Disaster in Japan: 3 Ways to Help

On April 17, 2016 CRASH Founder Jonathan Wilson posted the following update: My advice for Christians who want to help. Wait for the rescue work to finish, let the military and government do their jobs, and aim for the next part of the task. There are three main roles that volunteers can do well. 1. Cleaning up – there will be a lot of clean up work to do that requires manual labor. Work with local churches to volunteer to […]

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 […]

Pray for the Future of Japan

“Every few hundred years in Western society there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself… We are currently living through such a transformation.” Peter Drucker As we transition into a new year, we tend to think about the future. Drucker believes that Western society is changing drastically… Is Japanese society also experiencing “a sharp transformation?” It seems that it is… Here are three “engines” driving change in Japan: Digital technology is changing, in fundamental ways, the […]

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 […]

Gospel Music is Impacting Japan: Alfie Silas Interview

“We really want to bring Christ’s hope and His love to the people of Japan.”  (Alfie Silas) When the Hollywood film Sister Act became a huge hit in Japan, I was surprised. When the film’s popularity resulted in Black Gospel music becoming wildly popular here in Japan, I was shocked. For many months I frequently saw Black Gospel on mainstream Japanese TV stations and heard it on the radio. Not satisfied with just listening to Gospel music many Japanese joined local Black […]

A Volunteer in Japan Realizes “Small Things” Matter

After Japan’s massive earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in 2011 Alecia Talent was one of thousands of Christians who responded by volunteering. I asked Alecia to write about her experience for JapanCAN.   We often have little patience for the small things of life. The birds singing, the smile of a stranger, a conversation…these happen everyday, uncelebrated, unnoticed. The larger things, the great exploits of man and nature are what command our attention and fill our late night aspirations. We spend every day learning about […]

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Disaster: How Can I Help?

A major disaster like Typhoon Haiyan is an opportunity to respond with compassion to people in desperate need. There are two primary ways to help, go as a volunteer or send money to aid organizations so they can act on our behalf. Few of us can go to the Philippines as volunteers. Most of us can send money. Please consider supporting the Philippines at this time. The need is huge. “Could you send me some good group to give to~ […]