N.C. Baptists called to prayer for Japan
    March 17 2011 by Traci DeVette Griggs, BSC Communications

    North Carolina Baptists are urged to pray for the people of Japan as the country continues to be rocked by aftershocks of an 9.0 earthquake and deadly tsunami.

    The aftershocks reach beyond infrastructure decimation and the likelihood of thousands of lives lost. Explosions at the nation’s nuclear power plants and plummeting Japanese financial markets are compounding these crises.

    Immediately following the disaster, N.C. Baptist Men sent two key members of its international search and rescue team to help assess damage and design a strategy for how N.C. Baptists could be of assistance.

    The two members are John Adams, pastor at Salemburg Baptist Church with former military experience, and Jack Frazier, a Cary firefighter and team leader of Haiti 2010 earthquake relief effort. The men have had a wide range of experience serving on the front lines of disaster relief including the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Philippines’ flood in 2009.

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    N.C. Baptist volunteers with volunteers from Hungary and Japan.

    Despite the fact that teams were on call and ready to be deployed in the days following the disaster, the doors are not swinging open for N.C. Baptists to go in to provide assistance.

    Gaylon Moss, Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Coordinator for N.C. Baptist Men, says a combination of factors contributed to cancellation of planned disaster relief teams: “The Japanese are very organized in their search and rescue efforts, difficulty getting into the area, the nuclear chaos that has ensued. So a number of complicating factors preventing us from sending additional volunteers. We’ve been meeting with the Japan Baptist Convention and other faith-based groups to determine how we can coordinate and cooperate for future response.”

    Makoto Kato, executive director of the Japan Baptist Convention, has called for prayer. Kato wrote, “The immediate heartfelt prayer support and encouragement from you, our Christian brothers and sisters around the world, is greatly appreciated. On behalf of the Japan Baptist Convention, I want to express our deepest gratitude.”

    Kato reports that churches located along the Pacific coastline of Japan sustained heavy damage and many church members are unaccounted for. The disaster has disrupted communications, plus a limited fuel supply, power outages and obstructed roadways make it difficult to track down missing people.

    At this point, N.C. Baptists can assist by setting aside intentional times of prayer for the people of Japan as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering through this horrific trial.

    Moss asks that we also pray for the Baptist Conventions in Japan “that they would be a light in the darkness and be able to serve in this time of difficulty.”

    You can also give through Baptist Men and they will forward 100 percent of your donations to the Japanese Baptists.

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