SUPPORT AND PRAYER FOR JAPANFukushima Testimony June 6, 2011 FROM: REV. STEVEN TAO TEAM LEADER JAPAN FILIPINO ALLIANCE MISSION SHARED TESTIMONY BY THE US/CANADA/NATOINAL ALLIANCE/JFAM COURTESY OF REV. HARRY LANDAW
FROM THE JFAM LEADER’S ROOM 1A.D. 2011 IS TRULY A YEAR MIXED WITH EXPERIENCES AND EVENTS THAT SPINS OUR SPIRITS AND REDRIVE OUR VISIONS UPWARD UNTO THE HEAVENS, THE ONLY UNDISTURBED PLACE WE SHOULD STRIVE TO POSSESS , AND TO OUR LIVING LORD, THE ONLY TRUE FOUNDATION AND SOURCE OF SECURITY WE ALL NEED TO CONSTANTLY TRUST AND SHARE..THE JFAM 2011 BUILDS ITS PROGRAMS UPON TWO MAIN TASKS: 1. SIZING UP PLANS AND SITUATIONS, AND, 2. UNIFYING ITS MANPOWER FORCE AND RESOURCES. RE-ENFORCING APPROACH IS INJECTED INTO IT TO REVITALISE THE THRUST AND INCREASE PUSHING MOMENTUM BY EMPHASIZING THE ROLE AND IMPORATNCE OF EVERYONE, DIALOGUE, COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION, ORDER, ORGANIZATION, POLICY AND SCHEDULE, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY, IN DUE PROCESS OF TIME, BRING ABOUT PRODUCTIVE MINISTRY RESULTS WITH CONCRETENESS, CORRECTNESS AND CONTINUITY. PRAISE GOD THAT DURING THESE FIRST FIVE MONTHS, JANUARY TO MAY, THE SET OF OFFICERS AND TEAM MEMBERS IN POSITIONS WERE SO SELFLESS AND PERSEVERING IN ALL OUR PLANS AND MEETINGS. THE PASTORS’ MEETING IN IBARAKI ON FEBRUARY 11, AND IN GIFU/AICHI/MIE KENS ON FEBRUARY THE 12TH, WHICH WERE DESIGNED FOR ORGANIZATION AND PLANNING, WERE WELL ATTENDED AND UPHELD .THE MAY 3 AND 4, SHIZUOKA PASTORS/ELDERS’ FELLOWSHIP AND MEETING FOR PLANNING, PROGRAMMING AND GOAL SETTING, WAS INSPIRING FOR EACH ONE JUST EXPRESED THEIR LONGINGS FOR FELLOWSHIP AND VISION SHARING.
FROM THE JFAM LEADER’S ROOM 2IT WAS ON MAY ¾ SHIZUOKA MEETING WHERE THE JFAM MINISTRY TEAM MEMBERS’ TASKS AND MINISTRIES WERE DEFINED, AND, THE STRATEGY AND POLICY COMMITTEE WAS CREATED. THE STRATEGY AND POLICY COMMITTEE IS ORGANIZED TO SIZE UP PLANS, RE-EXAMINE THE APPROVED MINUTES, SET POLICIES AND MAKE FINAL DECISION FOR ALL APPROVED MIUNUTES AS TO THEIR TERMS AND EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVITY AND OTHER IMPLEMENTING FACTORS, AND , EXECUTE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS.ITS FIRST MEETING TOOK PLACE LAST JUNE 3 AND 4- AT MINIKAMO, GIFU KEN WITH ALL THE MEMBERS PRESENT: PASTORS; STEVEN TAO-CHAIRMAN; PASTOR ROGER LASAY – JFAM PRAYER MINISTRY COORDINATOR, MEMBER;PASTOR HARRY ALINIO- JFAM FINANCE COORDINATOR-MEMBER; PASTOR FRANK JUANITEZ-JFAM SECRETARY, MEMBER; AND, PASTOR SIMON DEGUINION-JFAM TREASURER, MEMBER.2011 ACTIVITIES YET TO BE DONEAUGUST 11-13 – NATIONAL CONVENTION, MINOKAMODECEMBER 28-JANUARY2 -- KAIROS WITH REV. J. QUISQUIRIN, VENUE-UNSPECIFIED
JFAM DISASTER FUND • THE MARCH 11, 2011 EARTHQUAKE NOT ONLY SHOOK BUT TWISTED JAPAN GEOGRAPHICALLY; • IT WAS A TRIPPLE DISASTER DUE TO THE TSUNAMI AND THE RADIATION; • THE JFAM, THROUGH THE OFFICE OF THE TEAM LEADER, IS ABLE TO RAISE 178,000 YEN AS OUR DISASTER CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH ITS MEMBER CHURCHES. WE WILL FORWARD THIS BY JULY TO THE OFFICE OF REV. HARRY LANDAW AS SOON AS HE ARRIVES FROM THE U. S. A. AS WE ARE COORDINATING WITH THEM. • OTHERS OF JFAM FAMILY ARE ASKING, IS CAMACOP GIVING THROUGH ITS FOREIGN MISSIONS DEPARTMENT. • WE CAN ONLY PRAY.
Thank you for your prayers for those who are suffering from the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan’s northeastern region. • Thank you, also, for your donations which are coming in through CAMA, the relief arm of The Alliance. Your donations are being sent to CRASH Japan (Christian Relief Assisting Support and Hope), the relief organization here in Japan with which we are partnering. • Our Alliance team here is partnering with CRASH, volunteering to do whatever we can to help at the command center located near us in the Tokyo area.
As the days go by, we are hearing many interesting and amazing stories of God’s protection. • Pastor Itoh, president of Japan Alliance Church, has a son who is a surgeon in Fukushima Prefecture, where they are having problems with the nuclear reactor. • When the March 11 earthquake struck, Pastor Itoh’s son was performing surgery on a patient when the electricity went off. All life support systems shut down, and there was panic as everyone scrambled to start generators that had hardly been used.
Praise God that Pastor Itoh’s son was able to safely complete the surgery without lights and life support systems. • Because he is a doctor, he has remained in the Fukushima area near the nuclear reactor, but his wife and children have been evacuated to Yokohama and are staying with Pastor and Mrs. Itoh. • Please pray for Pastor Itoh’s son, Taisuke, as he has remains in the radioactive region around the nuclear plant to help people who are hospitalized.
It is an awesome task that we have before us and our human resources are so limited. It is only as we partner together with other like-minded churches and missionary organizations here that we can ever expect to have a lasting impact on this needy country. • Please continue to pray with us as we consider how to use our resources in the best possible manner. • We are confident that there will be many who come to a saving knowledge of Jesus as a result of this tragedy. • Thank you for your prayers for each member of our team as we come alongside our Japanese friends and point them to Jesus, the only One who can calm the storms that come into our lives.