The Kamikaze 神風 The name given to the storm, kamikaze, was later used during World War II as nationalist propaganda for suicide attacks by Japanese pilots. Then pilots were to be the “Divine Wind” that would again sweep the enemy from the seas. The suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II, designed to destroy warships more effectively than was possible with conventional attacks. Numbers quoted vary, but at least 47 Allied vessels, from PT boats to escort carriers, were sunk by kamikaze attacks, and about 300 damaged. About 14% of kamikaze attacks managed to hit a ship.
Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft, without the ability to deliver torpedoes or bombs or attack other aircraft, or even to land. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a “Body Attack” in planes laden with some combination of explosives, bombs, torpedoes and full fuel tanks; accuracy was much better than a conventional attack, and the payload larger. A kamikaze could sustain damage which would disable a conventional attacker and still achieve its objective. The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered to justify sacrificing pilots and aircraft. These attacks, which began in October 1944, followed several critical military defeats for the Japanese due to outdated aircraft and the loss of experienced pilots.
The tradition of death instead of defeat, capture, and perceived shame was deeply entrenched in Japanese military culture. It was one of the primary traditions in the samurai life and the Bushido code: loyalty and honour until death.
In November 2012, a group of young people from my church in Singapore led by Pastor Richard will be engaged in a mission trip to a community of students in Cebu, Philippines. They will be engaged in an onslaught into the devil’s territory where we pray they will bring hope to those who have not found Jesus as Savior and as the Giver of peace. Unlike the kamikaze fighters, these mission trippers will be bringing life and hope not death and destruction to others and themselves. Let us pray that as games are played, songs are sung, great fellowship enjoyed among the youth in that Cebu community, that the Holy Spirit will have free reign to call, work in the lives of believers and begin a new work in young lives who need a purpose and power to live the rest of their lives fulfilling God’s good and great plan for each one of them for eternity.
Jesus said to His disciples “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15.
While we request prayers for the Mission trip to Cebu, let us also pray for the many Christian Filipino Foreign Workers who have been sent out to many parts of the world to work and be an influence to their host country, employers and fellow pilgrims on this journey of faith.
Christian Filipino Foreign Worker and expatriate workers of other nationalities, have you thought that the Lord is saying to you “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”? Yes you are sent to your host countries, to the homes, offices and business networks on construction sites or IT conglomerates to work among people who may not have heard the gospel of Jesus. You are called to Jesus, sent by Jesus to all the world. You of all people are being sent. You are today in the purpose and will of God being sent to your host country to be a witness for Jesus. Not to die like the kamikaze fighters, or to cause hurt, damage and death but to bring new hope to lives lost in sin and needing a Savior to save them from hell. I pray that you will remember that Jesus goes with you to the people you are sent. Jesus will put the words in your mouth and you need not fear. Jesus will convict of sin and save the sinners. You are asked to be committed to make yourself available to the cause of Jesus Christ, to be His blessed channel of peace. Receive the vision of God today “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;to be understood, as to understand;to be loved, as to love.For it is in giving that we receive.It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.