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  • N. Korea missile launch leads Japan churches to pray

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (one year ago)

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    TOKYO (BP) -- Following a North Korean missile launch that triggered emergency sirens in Japan and government warnings to seek cover, Baptists in Japan are expressing trust in God and asking fellow believers for prayer.

    "Every person I have spoken with has told me how they are praying for the situation here in this area of the world," said Ben Howard, an associate pastor at Yokohama International Baptist Church, a 200-member congregation in Japan's second largest city. "Prayers are becoming very specific. Several are praying that God will hold North Korea back and not let them be aggressive. Read More

  • Couple with 'no training' reaches international students

    by Lisa Falknor/Arkansas Baptist News , posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- He remembers thinking they did not have much time. Most Japanese exchange students attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro stay at least a year; but this girl would be here a short six months.

    Ross Burton and his wife Jane hoped for time enough to use their everyday life in America as an inroad to share the Gospel. It worked. Read More

  • Quakes rock Japan, Ecuador; Baptists assess needs

    by Mark Kelly, posted Monday, April 18, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) --- Powerful earthquakes struck both Ecuador and Japan over the weekend, killing hundreds of people in the two countries and kick-starting local disaster response teams.

    In Japan, a three-day series of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the southern part of the country. The tremors killed at least 42 people, collapsed buildings and caused fires and landslides, news agencies reported. The Ecuador quake caused ... Read More

  • Hiroshima & Nagasaki remembered by Baptists

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    HIROSHIMA, Japan (BP) -- Following atomic bombings that leveled the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago this month, Southern Baptists found themselves thinking about just warfare, possible nuclear annihilation and the providence of God. But a longtime missionary to Japan says they missed an evangelistic opportunity. Read More

  • Japan quake survivors learn to laugh again

    by Susie Rain, posted Monday, November 07, 2011 (7 years ago)

    OFUNATO CITY, Japan (BP) -- A hush falls across the room when the odd-looking Americans arrive. The Japanese discreetly check out the bright red hair. They whisper about the oversized clothes in primary colors. They touch their own noses, mentally comparing to the round red ones of their visitors. Read More

  • 'Yellow shirts' give Japan's quake/tsunami survivors hope

    by Susie Rain, posted Friday, October 21, 2011 (7 years ago)

    TOHOKU, Japan (BP) -- Everything changed on March 11 for Eiko Tanno. It was the day a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern coast of Japan -- the day she lost hope.

    Tanno was working in her home office when the ground started shaking and shimmying. She ran outside and huddled with her neighbors.

    Then came the tsunami warning.

    "The day the yellow shirts came to my neighborhood, my life changed and I felt hope again."

    -- Japan quake survivor

    They rushed to higher ground and watched as powerful walls of water took out entire neighborhoods and anyone in its path. Some houses dislodged from their foundation and floated away. Others simply splintered into scraps from the force of the waves. Tanno's house, however, remained intact. The water overtook the first floor but didn't climb higher.

    "The tsunami took away my livelihood," the middle-aged Tanno says seven months after Japan's historic triple disaster that included an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. "My business was downstairs, and it was ruined. My house was not totally destroyed so I was not given access to temporary housing. I didn't know what I was going to do."

    For months, Tanno traipsed through the mud and toxins in her home. She climbed the stairs to a bedroom where she and her family had begun living and working. She always closed the door, trying to shut out the constant reminder of her fate. No matter what she did, though, she couldn't escape the rotten smell of dead fish or the piles of rubble outside her windows.

    It was a depressing living situation until a group of strangers knocked on her door.

    "The day the yellow shirts came to my neighborhood, my life changed and I felt hope again," Tanno says, pointing to a group of workers wearing yellow shirts, hats and vests. Month by month, the yellow shirts slowly help transform her neighborhood.

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams, known in this part of Japan by the yellow clothing they wear, cleaned out the mud and toxins caked over Tanno's bottom floor as well as every house left standing on her block. A few weeks later, another team pulled out rotten boards.

    Today's team -- "yellow shirts" from Missouri -- installs insulation and hammers in flooring. They laugh and tease as they work. They stop to bow in respect to neighbors coming in to inspect the progress and soon have their new Japanese friends laughing.

    David Price of Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho, Mo., marvels over the fact that disaster relief teams from different states have come to Japan during the past six months ... Read More

  • In Japan, 'ground presence' makes impact

    by Susie Rain, posted Thursday, June 30, 2011 (7 years ago)

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    KAMAISHI, Japan (BP)--The woman closely examines the handmade doll. On one side, the doll's face sports a big smile and exudes happiness. She flips it over and sees the facial expression is a frown, symbolizing sadness and grief. Read More

  • 6.7 Japan quake buffets Baptist workers

    by Bonnie Pritchett, posted Thursday, June 23, 2011 (7 years ago)

    ISHINOMAKI, Japan (BP)--A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:51 a.m. June 23 off the northeast coast of Japan -- rattling the communities devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as well as a nine-member Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief team. Read More

  • Weeks later, Japan survivors still beg: 'Please help us!'

    by Susie Rain, posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (7 years ago)

    ISHINOMAKI, Japan (BP)--The handwritten note practically cries out: "Living here! Please help us!"

    The volunteers from Tokyo Baptist Church almost miss the dirty scrap of paper, attached to the battered door. It blends in with the rubble and debris left behind by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Major parts of the house are gone, washed away a month ago by the crushing tsunami waves. Not really believing anyone will answer, volunteer Satomi Ono calls out to see if anyone is there.

    A young mother cautiously pokes her head around the corner. When she sees the volunteers' warm smiles, relief rushes over her and she excitedly yells to her father. They are the only two left in their family. Her two children were swept out of her arms in the tsunami wave. Her mother and husband also died on that fateful day.

    The young woman invites the team inside. Despite broken dishes standing up in the mud-caked floor, Ono can see that the pair had worked hard, cleaning their disaster-stricken home. Piles of papers, toys, rotting clothes and splintered wood are ready to be bagged and deposited on the street for garbage crews.

    The volunteer slides off her backpack and asks if there's anything they need ... Read More

  • Japan fireman searches rubble to ease pain

    by Susie Rain, posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 (7 years ago)

    SENDAI, Japan (BP) -- Masayuki Yamaki slowly picks his way through the slippery black mud toward his crew of yellow- and orange-clad firefighters. He deliberately tries to stay off the debris. It would be easier and faster to walk on the piles but he just can't bring himself to do it. Read More