East Japan Earthquake    March 11, 2011
 
 

We extend our sincerest condolences to the victims of the recent Kumamoto earthquake.

Send LOVE Project has begun to collect funds for its relief operation in Kumamoto. The collected funds will be sent directly to Send LOVE's Kumamoto office assuring the judicious use of the funds to meet the needs of the victims.

Send LOVE Project was started in March 2011 as a non profit organization to conduct relief efforts for the victims of the great northeastern earthquake and tsunami.Centering around one of the hardest hit areas, the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, Send Love Project has been providing relief goods to the victims, operating a mobile cafe, and organizing kid's events. Meanwhile, its music group, HEAVENESE toured the US under the aegis of the city of Rikuzentakata and Iwate prefecture to thank those who provided financial support.

One thing that has been learned from our previous relief efforts is that the needs of the victims change moment by moment and vary from place to place. Each evacuation center faces unique needs requiring clear discernment of those needs so they can be handled in a practical manner.

Moreover, long-term support is vital especially after the fad of volunteering right after the earthquake fades. The merits of relief efforts can be tested after most people's concern for the victims has waned with the passing of time. On this premise, Send LOVE Project will continue to dedicate itself to providing long term relief.

For effective relief to take place, certain skills are required such as working alongside the people in the disaster stricken area, grasping the situation, and being sensitive to the needs of the victims. Therefore, we will work alongside Pastor Satoru Kamizono, who began relief efforts right after the earthquake in Kumamoto, and Ryubi Hikaru, an executive board member from Sakura Fukushikai, a welfare association. They both live in Kumamoto, so we will support the victims in Kumamoto by partnering financially with these two individuals to better enable them to meet the contextual needs of the victims in the most practical way.

Your support of Send Love Project Kumamoto would be greatly appreciated.

To donate please click the link below
http://www.japan-earthquake.jp/donate.html

April 19, 2016
Send LOVE Project Representative
HEAVENS Leader
Marre & Kumko Ishii
http://www.japan-earthquake.jp/main.html

 


US Tour A Great Success!
Benefit Concert"Don't foeget Japan Tour "
October 19~November 4, 2012

December 15, 2012

Thanks to all who supported us and helped make this tour go well.
In total, we had 10 live shows, two in Kansas City and 8 in the L.A. area. We also did a couple street performances and appeared on worldwide broadcasted TV shows.


A Meeting with Rikuzen-Takata's Mayor,
Mr. Toba

December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, Pastor Marre and his wife Kumiko met with the mayor of Rikuzen-Takata.

Rikuzen-Takata endorsed Heavenese's November "Don't Forget Japan Tour" of L.A. and also sent a letter of thanks to the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles via Marre and Kumiko. Marre and Kumiko met with Mayor Toba and shared about their time in L.A. and how we plan to continue our support of the city of Rikuzen-Takata.



Marre and Kumiko last saw Mayor Toba in May and everyone mentioned how it had been such a long time since they last saw each other.
Recalling their previous meeting with Mayor Toba, Marre and Kumiko noticed how much more relaxed and upbeat he was this time.

They then shared pictures and talked about the tour and thanked Mayor Toba for Rikuzen-Takata's endorsement.
Mayor Toba expressed how it is so easy for people to forget about the disaster-hit areas, so he is grateful for groups like ours which are still making people aware of Rikuzen-Takata.

Mayor Toba wants Rikuzen-Takata remember by every means possible.

We in ourselves are limited in resources and financially in what we are able to do for Rikuzen-Takata. However we are eliciting the support of the local community, Sengawa, through KBC, people all over the world via the internet, and through Heavenese music. Through these avenues, Mayor Toba's hope of Rikuzen-Takata being remember is happening. We will continue to support Rikuzen-Takata in this manner.

On this day, Mr. Komatsu from Kurosaki Shrine showed up at the city hall with a letter thanking Heavenese for their participation in the Offering to God Feast at Kurosaki Shrine in October.

Mr. Komatsu hadn't planned on going to the Mayor's office, but Marre and Kumiko brought him along.

They were glad that Mr. Komatsu was there to hear about the L.A. tour as they wanted to share their experience in L.A. with the people who live near Kurosaki Shrine. Now Mr. Komatsu could take back a report.

After talking about the tour, Mayor Toba shared with Marre and Kumiko his long-term vision for Rikuzen-Takata. He sees this catastrophe as an opportunity to turn Rikuzen-Takata into a place that will last a long time.



He continued to share how he wants Rikuzen-Takata to be rebuilt in a way that will make it aesthetically pleasing and a place that people will be drawn to. It once had a hometown feel, and he wants to get that back. Some people shared how Rikuzen-Takata should build a skyscraper to house all the facilities the city would need. However, the people of Rikuzen-Takata, and Mayor Toba included, don't want the city rebuilt in that manner. He doesn't want to rebuild in a way that just meets the city's needs but in a way that shows a concern for the people and especially those who don't have much of a voice. He wants Rikuzen-Takata to be a place that will draw people who are looking to "get away" from where they are currently living and a place people can retire in. With a grin on his face, he said that he doesn't want to hear the people of Rikuzen-Takata saying in a 100 years, "Who built this place?".

"As we rebuild this city, what I fear the most is that the catastrophe and the affected areas and people will be forgotten. What encourages me the most is that there are people who still care about this area and the people affected by the catastrophe." This quote is from a book written by Mayor Toba.
At this time of the year when people all over the world are celebrating Christmas and welcoming the New Year, we want to remind people of the March 11th catastrophe and that life in the devastated areas is still far from normal.

After this meeting Marre and Kumiko were interviewed by the local TV station, TV Iwate and Tokaishinho Newspaper.

 



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Here we would like to share with you the situations of two of Committed Japan’s church members who have families and friends in the heavily affected areas.

[ Kana ]
[Kana's parents and grandparents have been found safe!]
[The amazing story of how Kana's mother survived the tsunami]
[ Kazunori ]
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Message from pastor Marre

On March 11, 2011, at 2:46PM[JST],
an earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter scale hit the northern part of Japan just off its eastern coast.

The quake ---one of the largest in recorded history --triggered as high as 30-foot tsunami that completely demolished parts of Japan's coast, killing hundreds and sweeping away the whole cities and towns, destroying cars, homes, buildings, and boats, doing its most damage in the prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima. Having affected at least 13 prefectures, this quake one of the worst natural catastrophes in Japan.
Rikuzen-Takata, a city on the coast in Iwate prefecture, and O’funato, a city just next to it, has been struck with the biggest damage as the aftermath of the tsunami looks as though an atomic bomb exploded. Area covering more than 10-km in the Matsushima area is underwater and it does not look like the water will recede. It has been reported that there are areas where geological formations are possibly changed by the force of large tsunami. 300 hundred people are reported to have been on top of the roof of a hospital completely isolated by the flood caused by the tsunami, still waiting for rescuers to arrive, but unable to be reached because of the fractured roads and surrounding towns being either under water or buried in mud.

The Japanese government has authorized a determined rescue effort, but with the afflicted area being vast and thousands still missing, it is unknown who is safe and who isn't.

The family of one of the staff at Kick Back Café lives in the an area devastated by the tsunami. Although she has not been able to confirm their safety, the neighborhood where her family lives has been swept away according to the latest reports.
[Her family has been found safe! >Read her story. ]

She is working at the café, maintaining her composure and keeping a beautiful smile in spite of the anxiety, doing what she can given the circumstances. As much as she would like to head home in search of her family members, it will not be possible for her to find them with highways being closed and train stations being shut down. We are collecting as much information as possible concerning the situation of afflicted areas, but it has also been difficult with telephone lines being disconnected.

Japan deeply needs your prayers now. Please pray for Japan and the people of Japan. We have received many offers for help from around the globe and it is our desire to use this site in order to help and support the victims of this disaster. We will be posting as many updates as possible. We appreciate your prayers.

March 12, 2011

Marré Ishii, pastor of Committed Japan

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