UPDATES – Please pray for victims of the Japan 8.9 quake 11 March 2011

Excerpts from news reports:
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The toll in the Japan 8.9 quake stands at least 93 dead, 539 injures and 351 missing, according to Japan’s National Police. Additionally, in Miyagi Prefecture, between 200 and 300 bodies have been found following the tsunami that hit that area.

[9:38 a.m. ET, 11:38 p.m. Tokyo] Officials are reporting one train derailment and loss of contact with another train in Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan, according to the Kyodo News Agency.

[9:37 a.m. ET, 11:37 p.m. Tokyo] 60,000 to 70,000 people were being evacuated to shelters in the Sendai area of Japan, according to Kyodo.

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I passed through Sendai enroute to Shiogama for an audit assignment several years ago. People were so friendly and hospital and I saw some beautiful unique marine formations off the coast as we were travelling northwards. I enjoyed the freshest oysters at Shiogama.

Let us pray that
– those who are suffering physically will be relieved
– those who are buried under collapsed buildings will be found as soon as possible
– those on missing and derailed trains will be found and treated
– the tsunamis have not destroyed or will not destroy those beautiful marine structures which I saw.
– those surviving who have lost/dead relatives will find comfort in God
– pray for the Christians who are there and going through painful loss of home and property and loved ones at this time
– the weather will allow rescue work to be conducted expeditiously to save those buried
– the rescuers will be motivated and strengthened with wisdom and physical strength to save as many as possible, as soon as possible.

I know at least one Singaporean Christian who is an English language teacher in that area and pray that she will know the Lord’s presence even as a foreigner in this time of local turmoil and that she is safe and protected from all harm. I remember advising her to prepare for earthquakes before she left Singapore.

UPDATES: Let us pray for wisdom for the Japanese government and their advisors for the resolution on the nuclear plants handling and that the negative impacts will be minimized.
See updates on comments too.

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5 Responses to UPDATES – Please pray for victims of the Japan 8.9 quake 11 March 2011

  1. ptl2010 says:

    March 17, 2011 Singapore Straits Times reported ..”The weekend of bad news prompted Singaporean Elaine Low 24, to call the Japanese Embassy and offer help. Yesterday, she presented a cheque for $1 million to Japanese Ambassador Yoichi Suzuki for tsunami victims… she “just wanted to help”… her father, clearly proud of his “daughter’s generosity – “the $1 million is her money.”

    It is not that she may have many more millions to give.. but that she took action to give . Ms Low who did not want to answer more questions about herself or her gift said “We sincerely just want to help the people affected by this unfortunate event.” It was the largest donation received by the Japanese embassy so far and will probably go to the Japanese Red Cross Society to decide how to use it for disaster victims.

    Let us give fellow Singaporeans, as unto the Lord, as the Lord has truly blessed us… not for show but out of sincerity and gratefulness to the Lord for freely He has given, let us freely also give through your church or the Salvation Army to help the disaster victims.

    Let us continue to pray for those who are picking up the pieces of their lives that they will have the strength to persevere.. and somehow find the Lord real personally to each one, through it all.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Let us pray that the authorities will be able to contain the effects of the damage to the nuclear plants so that no more people will suffer from radiation effects, even as they implement brown out times to conserve energy for the rest of Japan.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Let us pray that all co-operation will be given to Christian agencies that are sending help to the Japanese people who are victims of the earthquake and that the Japanese government will be given wisdom to administer the recovery work for infrastructure and provision of basic needs for the people – water, food and light.

    Let us pray that the Christians in Japan will be powerful testimonies of God’s love and compassion and that they will be lights and salt in this dark hour of Japan. May they provide all the help they can give at this time by the grace and mercy of the Lord.

    Let us pray that those of us who are outside of Japan and have the means will give generously to the earthquake victims even as the Christian organizations move in to help. May the Word of God become reality in our lives.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    News received about my friend – she is alright Thank God! However, there is no water and electricity and the nights are cold. The nuclear plant is a worry.
    Please continue to pray for the survivors especially where infrastructure has been damaged and the basics for life have been disrupted.

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