JAPAN: If You Want to Help . . .

March 16, 2011

The world always seems to shrink a bit in the wake of catastrophic disasters like the recent earthquake / tsunami in Japan.  It is in days like these that the body of Christ can sometimes best reflect His love, mercy, compassion and power — in how we mobilize, how we pray, how we labour and how we give.

As you continue to pray for Japan and its people — and please do pray fervently and faithfully! — consider giving generously to relief efforts as well.  If you’re struggling to find a reputable and effective organization to give to, check out CRASH Japan (Christian Relief, Assistance, Support & Hope).  Right now, CRASH is working closely with JEMA (Japan Evangelical Missionary Association) on the ground.

As Justin Taylor writes, CRASH and JEMA have “a large network of experienced volunteers who know the culture and language. …  CRASH Japan is using funds to purchase vital equipment, such as satellite phones, printers, computers, and wireless routers. This equipment will be used to facilitate communication between the Tokyo command center and cities where infrastructure has been weakened or destroyed.”  Moreover, “[a]ccording to JEMA President Dale Little, ‘CRASH is the second-to-none relief network in Japan. No other agency is able to assess the needs on the ground like CRASH, and then take steps toward meeting those needs. The effectiveness of CRASH includes linking closely with local churches in Japan.'”

Brothers & sisters, you can DONATE HERE.

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