Methodist Church launches Japan appeal

by Richard on March 15, 2011

From the Methodist Church:

The Methodist Church’s World Mission Fund has launched an appeal on behalf of its partner church in Japan following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck on Friday (March 11).

Reports from the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) reveal that the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, which has left more than 10,000 people missing, has damaged at least 36 churches in the affected Sendai region.

Teruki Takada, a representative for the UCCJ, reported that the UCCJ established a relief planning team on March 12. The team arrived in Sendai on March 13 and visited the sites of the local churches in the area.

Steve Pearce, Partnership Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, said: “It is not possible to comprehend the scale of this disaster. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters there. Our Mission Partners in Japan are safe and well, but they are worried about people they know in the north and on the coast. I have assured my colleagues at UCCJ that Methodists in Britain and Ireland are praying for them and that we will respond to their financial appeal.”

Revd Makoto Kato, the Executive Secretary for Ecumenical Ministries at UCCJ, said:
“We truly appreciate your deep concern and encouraging prayer following the gigantic earthquake which we have never ever experienced before. Churches in Tokyo are okay, but we are still not able to get contact with people in Sendai where the earthquake hit most severely. Please keep on praying for us”.

People can donate to the World Mission Fund appeal via the Methodist Church Just Giving page or by sending a cheque payable to the World Mission Fund to Steve Pearce, World Church Relationships, at Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR. Postal donations should be labelled ‘Japan Appeal’. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can Gift Aid your donation, which allows us to reclaim the tax you have already paid. Just include a completed Gift Aid form with your donation.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

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Joseph W 03.15.11 at 8:49 pm

This is a really positive venture.

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Robert van Oz 03.16.11 at 5:49 pm

We are speechless concerning Japan and have come to the point where words lack in meaning and strength to express our thoughts and feelings.
Therefore you can contribute to the ‘Wordless Appeal’ by expressing your thoughts and emotions in any form BUT words. You can use any form of expression - whether
music or arts - and post it as a video response to this video.

Those of you who have no YouTube account but have the opportunity to upload a video elsewhere are welcome to send us the link which will be listed in this info box via info@robertvanoz.com . It’s important not to use any words and just go straight ahead and improvise if you begin to create.

Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_gOPei1cfA

We hope that this wordless appeal can give Japan our deepest condolences and sympathies.

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Bob Gilston 03.16.11 at 7:21 pm

Thank you Robert. Quite moving.

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Alec Macph 03.16.11 at 7:24 pm

It was sickening to watch cars with people inside being swept away.

Two Facebook pages: an NGO and a general condolences page.

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