Last July, Kyushu (an island off the coast of Japan) experienced sudden monsoons and flooding that led to landslides, mass power outages and an abrupt shortage of clean water.
Nearly 600,000 residents were evacuated from their homes as search and rescue teams began the hunt for stranded survivors.
This natural disaster struck at the same time as a new COVID wave left many people at risk of losing their income along with their homes.
College students were especially impacted, as they lost their part-time jobs due to lockdown and were restricted to the university dorms damaged by ongoing landslides and floods.
By partnering with local disaster relief centers, Send Relief partners distributed 1,000 food packages to students and families in crisis!
One leader in the community printed out pictures of Send Relief partners on the island, along with a partnering Japanese pastor, and paste them onto the sides of the food boxes. She wrote a message for each family, stating that the local church and Send Relief were thinking and praying for them during this difficult time and that God would make a way out of this challenging season.
Because of her care, every food box recipient knew that Christians around the globe were advocating for them and praying for their safety and comfort!
This project also opened doors at a university on the island that had previously been reluctant to allow Send Relief partners on campus. The same day of the food distribution, a local teacher and Send Relief partner, Susumu, was asked to give a chapel message, creating the opportunity for Send Relief to share God’s message and more practical help with students in the region.
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Published September 7, 2022