Saturday, March 12, 2011
It is Saturday evening and we had a full day, but we wanted to update you just a little. Again we are all safe, as are all other ABC-International Ministries missionaries here in Japan.
The leadership of the Japan Baptist Union (JBU), our sister denomination here in Japan, has spent the day trying to make contact will all the pastors of the churches in the areas devastated by this earthquake and the following tsunamis. We have not heard from 6 pastors (Hachinohe, Kuji, Tagajo, Shichigahama, Matsushima, and Kashimadai churches). Other pastors and their families have been evacuated, and some have reported damage to their church buildings.
We know these wonderful folks personally, yet I know that your hearts go out to them just the same as ours. Steps are being taken by the leadership of the JBU to find ways to reach out to those in need. The several Baptist denominations of Japan are working together to provide help and support. American Baptist Churches have already released $20,000 from the One Great Hour of Sharing fund for relieve support.
You can add to that support by going to the web page for International Ministries at
We will try to keep you up to date with what is happening with, in and through our brothers and sisters here in the days and weeks to come.
Thank you for your prayers.
Grace and Peace in Christ,
Tomoko and John Armagost
International Ministries missionaries in Japan
"The Lord is near to all who call on him..." Psalm 145:18a
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