Long before the March 11, 2011 quake struck Japan, I had started writing on “Suffering and the Sovereignty of God” which I’m turning into a book. Following the aftershocks and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster, I did a few posts on Japan Earthquake: Divine Comfort In The Midst Of Catastrophe (see bottom of this post). Here’s a quote from one of the posts that is so fresh in my mind a year after the disaster:
It would be very unkind and unloving if we try to liberate people from their present temporal sufferings and not offer them the whole Gospel to alleviate their eternal sufferings. The ‘whole’ Gospel (not just the Gospel of “good works”) needs to be proclaimed throughout the whole of Japan. The whole Gospel must be administered to the whole person. Yes we must, with utmost care, do all we can to care for their present temporal sufferings but especially their future eternal sufferings. There is hope for Japan not only today- here in this life- but also tomorrow and in the next. The Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Roms 1: 16). But it is also the power of God for faithful endurance in our present crisis.
Just yesterday, I received an e-mail update from Paul Nethercott from C.R.A.S.H Japan. I asked Paul if I could re-publish it here. And he kindly replied and said that I could use any or all of their materials. Here’s what he wrote with a short video update on what God has done in a year!
Are you interested in seeing how God has been at work in amazing ways in Japan? A nation that many have given up on in terms of seeing the gospel take root, we are sensing that a major shift in the spiritual climate in Japan is taking place……
In reviewing the statistics for what CRASH Japan has accomplished in the
year since the March 11 earthquake, it’s clear that God is still in the
business of performing miracles like He did through Jesus in John 6.
“Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to
Philip, he asked, ‘Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?’ He
was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip
replied, ‘Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to
feed them!’ Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. ‘There’s a young
boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with
this huge crowd?’ ‘Tell everyone to sit down,’ Jesus said. So they all sat
down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then
Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the
people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they
Within hours of the giant earthquake in Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011
CRASH Japan president Jonathan Wilson announced a meeting to organize a
response. Over one hundred people showed up eager to help but — like the
little boy in John chapter 6 — none of us had much to offer. Frankly, we
were a bunch of “amateurs” who knew little about disaster relief work.
What we did have was a core group of deeply committed people who believed
that God wanted us to be his “hands and feet” on the ground here in Japan. We
offered what we had, that is all we could do.
After Dr. Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical
Alliance (WEA), visited the disaster zone late last year he wrote, “In the
middle of these sad and hopeless communities, Christians have set about to
do what most would never have believed they could do. They were considered
too small to do much.”
We are all weak human beings. The church in Japan is small. However, God
has blessed. God multiplied what CRASH Japan started with. As you watch
the video marking one year since the beginning of our “Love on Japan”
campaign we invite you to give thanks to God. Please keep praying for Japan!
You may also be interested in:
Japan: From Crisis To Christ? Part- 4.
Join us as we meet together to pray for Japan @ the Revival Prayer Meeting this Friday March 16th, 2012 in Noborito, Kawasaki City, Japan.