eNews – March 24, 2011 – Status Update

IMG_0431We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”  – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

From John’s desk:
I write to you today with a sense of wonder and amazement.  I look at what has transpired and at what is to come in the future. As I do, the emotions continue to soar within me.  God has moved His hand across Japan, and Japan is listening.  Each day I learn of a new testimony, a new statistic or a new way God has touched someone through the circumstances at hand.  I read this verse and I feel the tears begin to fill my eyes.

But we have so many reasons to rejoice as God has done so many things beyond our abilities.  We are just blessed to be part of what God is doing here.  We are also blessed to see the many emails, letters and support you offer as you stand with us in this ministry.  It’s awesome.

Tent making:
I had not been able to teach my evening English class for many days as the trains were not running reliably to make the 1 hour trip each way.  Last night, I was able to return and teach one more night before the Japanese holidays begin.  One of my new students happens to be the daughter of the owner of the private school.  It was the second time I have met with her.  She wants to learn about the Bible, about me and why I am here.  How wonderful is that??  Please pray for me as I share the Love of Christ and His Word with her.

God’s “IT” guy:
As a “Geek for God” in the CRASH operational center, I have hit the ground running every day.  IIMG_0442 answer emails from the time I rise to the time I finally go to bed.  There’s always something to do.  It’s only God’s hand on me that allows me to pause and reflect upon Him and remember again the purpose of why we are here.  God, help us to accomplish all you have for this season and to keep the main thing, the main thing!  It’s all about sharing the love of Christ in all we do.

Statistics that help tell the story:
I have been reflecting upon all that has transpired in the last 10 days and it’s pretty amazing. Our CRASH disaster teams have been establishing base camps near the affected areas and are coordinating teams and trucks to deliver desperately needed supplies and necessities.  As an IT department and volunteer organization, we have performed the equivalent of establishing a major logistics company of over 200 employees in only 10 days.  We have had just under 58,000 unique visitors to our crashjapan.com website with a total number of hit of over 1.6 million.  The teams have processed just under 1000 volunteer requests.  There is an average of over 50 volunteers just in the command center here every day, most putting in 14+ hours a day.  With all my years of training and experience, I must still rely on God every day to meet this challenge with any effectiveness.

Thank you!
Again, Belinda and I want to thank you all for your love and support of both us as your missionaries in Japan, and the efforts of CRASH as we desire to continue the work God has started in us, and in Japan.

Please keep praying!
Blessings,

-John & Belinda