As the world begins to understand the enormity of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and resulting devastation, the country of Japan, Evangelical Free churches in Japan, and ReachGlobal personnel there are reeling. The EFCA received communication from staff in Japan, and it has been confirmed that all ReachGlobal personnel are safe. Thank you for your prayers!

In recent years, EFCA churches responded to crises such as the Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake with great generosity. Through EFCA TouchGlobal Crisis Response, we again have an opportunity to respond.

The hardship facing many in Japan gives the Church great opportunity to show the love of Jesus. TouchGlobal Crisis Response is assessing the situation, focusing upon:

  • Establishing reliable communications with ReachGlobal staff in country.
  • Responding to offers of assistance, and communicating the urgent need for immediate and long term giving to support the response.
  • Planning an assessment trip to Japan, allowing time for the situation in the most affected areas to stabilize.
  • Identifying potential partner ministries in Japan.
  • Coordinating with other international faith based crisis response and non-government organizations.

The EFCA has relationship with two Evangelical Free Churches and a church plant in Sendai—one of the hardest hit regions. Through pre-existing ministry contacts, funds will be channeled to respond directly to those who have no other means to recoup all they have lost.

Relief teams are not being sent during this initial stage of response. Prayer and donations are the immediate and priority need. Please give. Having learned from Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake, crises present the opportunity to extend the love of Christ in compassionate and tangible ways. You may be certain gifts will be used wisely and with the greatest accountability.

Funds designated for Earthquake relief efforts can be sent to the EFCA national office or you may give a gift online.

EFCA
Earthquake Relief 21709-39707
901 E. 78th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55420-1300

More information and current updates can be found at www.touchglobal.org/japan and the EFCA Crisis Response blog site at www.efcacrisisresponse.blogspot.com. For more specific information and to help in other ways, contact crisisresponse@efca.org or (985)893-0218 ext.7.

Pray that through ReachGlobal staff and TouchGlobal Crisis Response, the EFCA will extend the love of Christ ministering spiritual and emotional hope to the many people in need.

May the Spirit of God move you and your congregation to respond with generosity! Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus in this crisis.

T.J. Addington
Senior Vice President EFCA
Executive Director ReachGlobal

 

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