Excerpts from news reports:
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.
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.
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