Larry and Bella (who serve with EFCA’s ReachGlobal) and their two children, along with Gina (who serves with the EFCCM) are right now evacuating Sendai (Thu PM, Mar 17). They are driving to the northern point of the main island of Honshu, from where they will catch a ferry to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. We are not sure where they will be staying once they get to Hokkaido, but it will likely be at the ReachGlobal owned house in Sapporo city.
This evacuation trip will take them all night. Their evacuation will take at least 14 hours on our Mar 17. But that is not inclusive of the driving conditions, with cracks/bumps in the road, difficulty in finding gasoline to buy, etc.
The reason for the evacuation is that the US government has declared an 80 km evacuation radius around the Fukushima nuclear power plant where at least one reactor may be approaching meltdown. Sendai falls within that radius-just barely.
If you would like to donate to relief efforts in Japan, you can do so through our donation page by specifying account 2-4615.
You can follow updates from the earthquake more closely by visiting Dale and Ann’s ministry blog — they are keeping it current with information as soon as it becomes available.