Friday, March 25, 2011

How Can you Help?

I am sorry we have taken a short hiatus from blogging. 

We felt strange blogging about the silly things we normally do in such a difficult time.

We truly love the people of Japan. The people we know there have become like family to us and our hearts and prayers are with them. 

Daniel and I made the very difficult decision to leave the country for a couple of weeks. We felt that it was necessary for our mental health but more importantly we also felt we were in the way. We felt we were taking valuable resources away from people who desperately need them right now. 

We plan on returning in a couple of weeks. When that time comes we will be ready to help and do anything we can do, but in the mean time we really wanted to get the word out about how YOU can help! 

The Japanese Red Cross is a wonderful organization. They came to my school the day before I left to give each teacher a health assessment, which I thought was wonderful. They made sure we were all fed and had enough water. I know from personal experience that they are doing wonderful things! 

The American Red Cross has also set up a fund for Japan. They are always a great place to donate and very convenient.

Believe it or not, Lady Gaga has jumped on the bandwagon and has started selling bracelets to support the relief efforts. Gotta love Gaga!

If you are a Christian and would like to help the churches in Japan there is a way to do that as well. You can send you money to these North American churches:
Park Avenue Church of Christ
ATTN: Dwight Albright
5295 Park Ave
Memphis, TN 38119-3543
Phone: 901 682-1220
Bramalea Church of Christ
ATTN: Walter Straker
750 Clarck Blvd.
Brampton, ON  L6T 3Y2 
Phone: 905-792-2297
And they will be able to wire the money directly to Mito Church of Christ which has taken on the responsibility of distributing the money to churches in the affected areas. 
If you have any questions about how to send money please call the numbers above or leave a comment and I can assist you.

Daniel and I have been truly touched by the love and support we have received in the last few weeks. 
Please continue to pray for our friends, co-workers and students as they rebuild their lives. 

 ''In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God'' Romans 8:26 & 27