At this juncture, you may be wondering who the group is that we’ve partnered with in Japan. The following is from Dale and Ann’s site:

“Many tragic facts about the quake and its tsunamis have become common knowledge on the major news networks around the world. What is less known is the behind the scenes work of one significant relief network in Japan known as CRASH: Crisis, Relief, Assistance, Supplies, Hope. This network is led by evangelical missionaries already present in Japan, and many of its volunteers are also missionaries. CRASH is an endorsed ministry of JEMA: Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. (Dale is the President of JEMA.) JEMA provides CRASH with a pool of over 1000 missionaries who, if available and physically fit, are eager to assist. So CRASH personnel know the language and the culture of Japan. CRASH is not a professional rescue organization. It is a voluntary network of missionaries and believers who focus on relief and rebuilding, the two steps that follow professional rescue efforts.

“CRASH works closely with national churches and national church associations. However, because the tsunamis hit one of the most unchurched parts of Japan, there are few local churches to work with in the devastated areas.

“Many of the large (and excellent) Christian relief organizations state that they are in the process of assessing the situation on the ground in Japan. It is CRASH from which they are getting much of their information. CRASH is providing guidance to many Christian relief organizations about to begin work in Japan.”

If you would like more information, it is available from Dale and Ann’s blog.

We are so grateful to this team of dedicated individuals! Several of our missionaries have already been working closely with CRASH, and they will continue to invest their effort and time in the recovery effort.

We are also grateful for the generous response that has come in from our EFCCM community! We have been inundated with donations to help with relief and assistance in Japan. We will have reports soon about how the funds we’ve received are being deployed.

I have also read an account of the nuclear reactor situation that states that it is much more stable, and the conditions are not nearly as troubling as they could have been (and which some news sources were claiming). They are serious, and there will certainly be long-term implications, but it sounds like the situation is coming under control.

Would you like to contribute?

If you would like to donate to relief efforts in Japan, you can do so through our donation page by choosing ‘Project’ and specifying account 2-4615.