Our hearts go out to the families affected by the recent Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which hit on November 8. The region has already been suffering and recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit in October as well as severe flooding since then. OM’s local office has been working with our church partners in the area to provide relief in the form of food, water purification, trauma counseling and medical assistance.
Please stand with us in this time of such great need. Your prayers and support will make life-changing differences for thousands of suffering men, women, and children.
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Published: 18 November 2013
Michelle, from Singapore, has been serving with OM Japan in Kanazawa since February 2013. Despite freezing temperatures and snow most of the time, ministry with Café Hope has been both challenging and exciting.
“The cafe team of four [from Denmark, South Africa and Norway] has been working very well, taking up different responsibilities, helping and encouraging one another despite the heavy workload,” reported Michelle. “Now that I am here, I have been observing and helping out in some of the ministries. Many of the things are new to me, as my vocational background is in education.
Published: 03 April 2013
"Where were you on 11 March last year?" OM Japan have asked many Japanese people this question over the past year. For most, it feels like yesterday when the fatal disaster struck Japan's East Coast.
"I was in my house, with my nine-month-pregnant daughter,” said Suda-san, a homeowner whose house OM Japan has helped clean and rebuild. “We tried to run upstairs when the tsunami started to enter our house. Because my daughter was too heavy to move, I tried to pull her from the water up the stairs, but the rubble hit my arm and I lost grip of her.”
One year later, Mr. and Mrs. Suda are still coming to terms with the loss of their daughter and unborn first grandchild. Like the Sudas, many are grieving for their lost loved ones, damaged property, destroyed workplaces and sentimental possessions.
Today, OM Japan feels honoured to have played a small part in helping bring hope and relief to tsunami survivors.
Published: 20 March 2012