DISASTER NEWS: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s northeastern Honshu island March 11, also resulting in a 50-foot tsunami, strong aftershocks and as many as 80 fires. According to early news reports, more than 1,000 are dead and more are missing. LCMS World Mission reported that all LCMS missionaries in Japan are safe. Preliminary reports from our LCMS partner church, The Japan Lutheran Church (NRK), also state that all of its workers are OK. “We are in contact with our Lutheran partners and colleagues throughout the Pacific region. As they assess needs, we will respond appropriately as requested,” said Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of Disaster Response with WR-HC. “It is for times such as this that we Lutherans — in both Japan and the U.S. — must act decisively in our life together to witness to the mercy of a loving God, and to be present as His hands of hope and healing,” said Dr. David Birner, associate executive director, international, for LCMS World Mission. WR-HC will work with LCMS missionaries in Japan and the Japan Lutheran Church to bring tangible hope and relief to those affected. LCMS President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison asks, “Please join me in prayer for the earthquake and tsunami victims and their families. I would suggest the Litany. And let us also during this Lenten season make use of the historic discipline of caring for the needy (Matt. 6:2-4).” YOU CAN HELP! Pray! Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods. Please pray that Lutheran disaster response efforts touch many lives with God’s hope and mercy. Connect! To learn more, visit www.lcms.org/worldrelief or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Give! To make a donation for Lutheran relief efforts — • Mail checks (noting “Disaster Relief” in the memo line) to: LCMS World Relief and Human Care P.O. Box 66861 St. Louis MO 63166-6861 • Phone toll-free 888-930-4438 • Go online to http://givenowlcms.org
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DISASTER NEWS: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s northeastern Honshu island March 11, also resulting in a 50-foot tsunami, strong aftershocks and as many as 80 fires. According to early news reports, more than 1,000 are dead and more are missing. LCMS World Mission reported that all LCMS missionaries in Japan are safe. Preliminary reports from our LCMS partner church, The Japan Lutheran Church (NRK), also state that all of its workers are OK. “We are in contact with our Lutheran partners and colleagues throughout the Pacific region. As they assess needs, we will respond appropriately as requested,” said Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of Disaster Response with WR-HC. “It is for times such as this that we Lutherans — in both Japan and the U.S. — must act decisively in our life together to witness to the mercy of a loving God, and to be present as His hands of hope and healing,” said Dr. David Birner, associate executive director, international, for LCMS World Mission. WR-HC will work with LCMS missionaries in Japan and the Japan Lutheran Church to bring tangible hope and relief to those affected. LCMS President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison asks, “Please join me in prayer for the earthquake and tsunami victims and their families. I would suggest the Litany. And let us also during this Lenten season make use of the historic discipline of caring for the needy (Matt. 6:2-4).” YOU CAN HELP! Pray! Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods. Please pray that Lutheran disaster response efforts touch many lives with God’s hope and mercy. Connect! To learn more, visit www.lcms.org/worldrelief or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Give! To make a donation for Lutheran relief efforts — • Mail checks (noting “Disaster Relief” in the memo line) to: LCMS World Relief and Human Care P.O. Box 66861 St. Louis MO 63166-6861 • Phone toll-free 888-930-4438 • Go online to http://givenowlcms.org
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