East Japan Earthquake    March 11, 2011

Kana’s story after finding out her family is safe

30 years old, Staff at Kick Back Café, native of Rikuzen-Takata city, Iwate prefecture
March 14, 2011

Thank you all so much for your prayers.

My uncle just called to tell me that all my family members are safe!
My dad, mom, grandpa, and grandma… they are all alive…!

My uncle told me the story of how he was able to find out about the safety of my parents.

A woman, who lives an hour away from my hometown Rikuzn-takata went to help out there yesterday(Monday) and met my mother. My mother, who was also helping out, asked her if she could inform our family members of their safety when she gets back home.

“Dad, mom, grandpa, grandma… we are all alive,” my mother told the woman as she gave her a piece of paper with my uncle’s phone number and my name on it. The woman called my uncle in Aomori prefecture, then my uncle called another uncle of mine in Saitama prefecture, then the good news got to me last night (Monday night).

In addition to this, a friend of mine e-mailed me last night saying that she had met my father and mother at an evacuation center. Although I have not been able to talk with my mother or father in person, I am assured that my family is safe.

More information is starting to come in, the neighborhood where my parents live seems to have minimal damage from the tsunami because it is on a hillside. My grandparents’ house is probably gone, but at least they can go to my parents’ house.

I am so relieved to know my family members are alive…

One more provision of God I am very thankful for is that my uncle in Saitama prefecture was able to call me. My uncle and I had been out of touch for almost 15 years but we had just met with each other last April at an outreach event our church had and had exchanged contact information there.

I was able to withstand all the anxieties over the past 4 days because of my church family’s support and because of everyone’s prayers, including those outside Japan. It was amazing even for myself how I have felt a deep sense of peace all this time. I believe this was because of God’s gift in answer to your prayers, and not because I have strong faith.

God is truly great.

Thank you again very much for your prayers and words of encouragement.
Please continue to pray for those still unaccounted for, for millions of evacuees in the affected areas who must spend another night without enough food or heat in the freezing temperatures.

Rikuzen-takata, Kana's Hometown

A building stands in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011.

Rikuzen-Takata: 5000 Households Under Water and Victims Whereabouts Unconfirmed

On March 12th, the Self Defense Force of Japan started its rescue efforts of most all of the households of the city of Rikuzen-Takata that has been demolished by the recent earthquakes, which is estimated at 5,000.  From the rescue efforts in Takata area, the most damaged area, 52 bodies has been recovered on the 12th, and on the 13th, 114 more bodies more, totaling 166 in the 2 days.  The rescue efforts, however, has been slowed down by the debris blocking all traffic of the city whose population is 23,000. According to the task force of the city, roughly 8,000 people are placed in the emergency evacuated areas. The city is doing what they can to locate the whereabouts of the rest of the 15,000 of the population.  The City Hall, a 4-story building, has been engulfed by the tsunami and out of 300 workers there, the whereabouts of 100 employees have not been determined. Basic Resident Register has been lost. With the Basic Resident Register lost, the rescue efforts have been delayed. On the other hand, the Self Defense Force of Japan has been successful rescuing 37 people isolated from roofs of buildings.  Rescue efforts are to be scheduled from tomorrow on. (March 13, 7:48PM(JST), NHK)


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