“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Jesus speaks about our eternal life and our life now—but we can also apply this truth to the recovery process of the recent disaster in Japan. The earthquake that hit Japan on March 11th, registering a 9.0, was the 5th strongest in the world since 1900, and Japan’s worst.
Recovery from this crisis has two different stages:
The “Have life” stage helps people get back to the normalcy of their lives. Youth for Christ helps the local community with their daily supplies, clothing and homes. Our goal is to help them feel safe.
The “Have it to the full” stage helps people add something to their lives. It can be faith in Jesus Christ, some excitement, interest or joy. Youth for Christ is working on this level, as well, and we call it the“Manna Project”.
Manna Project 1 is to give bicycles and trailers to mothers, fathers and children in the devastated area. The bicycles and trailers can be used without fuel, carry supplies and children and even help develop a deeper bond between parents and children. Youth for Christ also provides bicycles and trailers to local churches and volunteers in the area which will help their future mission to these people.
Manna Project 2 is in cooperation with Youth for Christ in Hong Kong. David Chu, the National Director, encouraged Hong Kong teens to write cards to Japanese teens in the disaster area. These teens have written more than 10,000 cards and provided small gifts. These cards will be the beginning of friendship between young people of the two countries.
Youth for Christ is in the middle of relief efforts in Japan, and we have been since day one of the tragedy, because our staff and volunteers are local. Our people are indigenous to the population. That is why we are able to contribute the greatest gifts to those who are suffering. Your support has been essential in helping rebuild damaged lives during this time of need.
Youth for Christ is on the ground right now, providing care and compassion to the victims. We need your continued support, because there is still much to be done.
Kazunori Endo, Japan National Director has risen to the challenges that Japan faces by realizing that there is a unique need for bicycles with trailers in disaster-stricken areas. Many of the roads are damaged and transportation has failed to be able to reach people in need. Through your help bikes and other support has reached many of those in need. The region, however, is still facing many struggles ahead… can we count on you and your continued support?
The bicycles you donate will be used by volunteer workers to carry supplies and support to these damaged homes. After the worst of the crisis is over the bicycles will be given to families in need to keep. Even after recovery is finished, they will be useful to the Japanese people.
The Red Cross reports that the pain is so great after these tragedies; people’s emotions have shut down. When things begin to return to normal, that is when the anger and sadness will hit them the hardest and they will need the greatest care.
They also report:
Experts say that it’s important to recruit local people to carry out psychosocial support in order for them to be able to relate to survivors in their familiar dialect. There’s also a need to ensure that the techniques are adapted for special needs.
The Japanese people need help now, and they will need help for some time to come. When all the other humanitarian organizations have left, Youth for Christ will still be there, living among the people, speaking their language, and spreading the comfort of God.
Youth for Christ doesn’t need translators, and we don’t need to figure out the culture … we are Japanese. And that is why we can provide immediate and ongoing support to those affected by these terrible events.
We work all over the world in juvenile prisons, extreme conditions and dangerous environments, to bring love and peace into the hearts of the troubled and suffering. We have over 40,000 staff and volunteers who speak 80 languages, including at least 30 different tribal languages in the countries we serve.
Our model is simple—to bring the message of Jesus to others through the energy, passion and creativity of young people—and as a result, to change the world for the better. Our ministry creates leaders, and they create leaders, and so on, exponentially.
Youth for Christ Japan Team Prayer Requests are:
- Care for the people who have been hurt, injured and traumatized by the tsunami and quake
- The united work of our government and political parties
- The spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the people
- Local churches’ continuing cooperation in providing relief
- Determination of next level of response including crisis counselling
Youth for Christ is currently there in Japan, in the midst of the terrible crisis. We ask you to open your hearts and your wallets to comfort those in need and purchase bicycles and trailers to help the afflicted. Your financial support will go to all of the Youth for Christ staff who live in Japan, and they will see to it that help reaches those who need it most. You will not only be sending rescue to the people of Japan, but also Youth for Christ workers, who are citizens of Japan and live among the afflicted. Everyone in that area needs help. Please find it in your heart to send a generous donation so that Youth for Christ can continue our wonderful work, and help the Japanese rebuild their lives.
Many Youth for Christ workers have other jobs and volunteer or receive a small stipend—but there is no work now, and we need to continue to send them support. Your financial gift will not only send rescue to the people of Japan, but also Youth for Christ workers, who are citizens of that country and live among the afflicted. Everyone in that area needs help!
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? I John 3:17
The young leaders of Youth for Christ don’t know what they can’t do, and every day they accomplish things you and I would think were impossible. Through vision, passion and creativity, there is no limit to what young people can achieve. Youth for Christ team members do not require much. They are driven by a passion that allows them to survive and thrive without many of the comforts that you and I take for granted.
Because our young leaders are indigenous—because they live there within these nations and are from these areas—they understand how to best respond to the needs of their community.
Your financial support enables us to fund the living expenses of young leaders as they advance the movement. When our budget increases, so can our ministry and staffing opportunities. It’s really as simple as that.
Ultimately we need leaders on the ground, because then there is no limit to the good we can do. You can effect change in the world, one community at a time.
When the earthquake hit Japan, Youth for Christ workers were there. They are still there today, and they will remain there, rebuilding their lives, their missions, and the lives of those so tragically affected.
Please help these very good people with relief efforts. God bless you.
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