We at Asia Evangelical Alliance are shocked and deeply grieve the loss of lives and devastation caused by Japan's strongest-ever earthquake and the tsunami yesterday. Our hearts go out to especially those who have lost their friends and relatives.
As of today, the toll has crossed 1,600, and rising. There are also reports of a blast at one of Japan's nuclear power plant, which may pose a major threat to the survivors' health from ensuing radiation. The task for rebuilding before the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan and the hundreds of relief workers is massive, and emotionally and spiritually exhaustive. We express our support and confidence in their invaluable and courageous efforts.
We heard from AEA's Executive member from Yokohama, Japan, the Rev. Paul H. Ueki, today that sporadic aftershocks of the earthquakes are still being felt in the country. "Each denomination is collecting reports of the churches in disaster stricken areas," the Rev. Ueki said. It may take a few weeks for the Japan Evangelical Alliance to compile a report affected churches, he added.
As the Christians in Asia observe the Lenten season, we urge them to match the grief of the sufferers of this disaster with their prayers to our God. We also humbly ask the Asian Christian community to generously support the relief efforts with all possible resources God has made available to us.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Asia Evangelical Alliance