It has been three days since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. And each day that passes by we are hearing about just how bad this really was. We knew it was bad from the time we turned on the news that day. But now there are over 10,000 people missing...and that's just one city. People are suffering so much here.
And it's hard to believe I am here. I felt the earthquake happen. I wasn't sitting in my living room watching CNN in Texas or any other part of America. I feel a part of this place and these people and my heart is breaking. It is something I have never experienced before.
I wanted to give a few more prayer requests today. Please also look at the ones posted yesterday and just add these to the list:
*Please pray for the people in Tokyo, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka. On top of the damage they have already experienced they will be having rolling electricity blackouts to conserve energy. They estimate that there has been about a 25% reduction in available electricity because of the nuclear power plant situations.
*Pray for these nuclear power plant situations. There are continual problems with the plants. Please pray that these problems will be contained.
*Please pray for the survivors that are waiting to be rescued. Pray that they will be found quickly.
*It is still winter in Japan, and the areas most affected by the disasters are experiencing temperatures in the 20's and daily snowfall. Without electricity, the survivors and rescue workers are bearing the brunt of the winter weather. Please pray for God to give them strength as they persevere through these harsh conditions.
*There are still several small earthquakes and aftershocks going on in Japan. Please pray for the safety and the emotional health of the people who are still experiencing these things.
*There are almost 250,000 people who have been displaced. Most of these people are without adequate food and water and have relatives unaccounted for. Please pray for these situations.
For those of you who are still concerned about our family:
Justin created a map so you can see where we are in Japan. We are still OK and as of now we are in no immediate danger. We will let you know if anything happens here in Nagoya, and we appreciate all your prayers for us during this time.
Thank you for your prayers.