Editor’s note: The earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan was so great, that we are sharing a series of stories, emails, and reports. All can be localized under the tag Japan. Following is an email from Marlin Ray, at Ibaraki, sent this morning.
IBARAKI, Japan (BNc) — We are doing well. It is clear and cold in Ibaraki with temperatures near freezing or lower at night and about 45 during the day. We still get aftershocks all the time, probably eight or 10 big ones everyday. I am getting used to them at night so that I usually sleep through most of them.
On the 30th, I will go to Narita Airport to pick up some things sent from the US. On the 31st, Jean and I along with a few others will go up to the Fukushima area and take these things as well as things we will buy in Tomobe. The Internet has a list of things that are generally needed, and we can get most of them here.
We will also be checking as we go, to see what the needs are and how we can help. There are a lot of volunteers there and we may not be needed. Maybe just carrying things to them or maybe there are places that need help. I will do my best to find out.
I don’t expect to be going much farther north than Fukushima, as the roads from that area are not passable. To get to the Sendai area one must go South, to Tokyo and then across to the Japan Sea side and go North. It is easier to do that coming from down south.
Another one of our members found some damage to their house, so we will work on that when we get back. The wife is in a wheelchair and the husband works part time. The church members have decided to help them.
Still, only 2 other households have reported any damage. This damage is mostly on the roofs. They have covered them with plastic sheets to keep the rain out, as it will take a long time to get them repaired.
I mentioned our friend’s facebook page before. They now have a website, too. It is a condensed version which has some helpful information. Thanks so much to many who have already contributed to this huge need.
I will send out another report as soon as we return from up north. We plan to stay a few days, sleeping in our car.
Serving Him in Japan, Marlin and Jean Ray
The Park Ave. church continues to receive funds for Japanese churches. See the special page for Japan Earthquake Information.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us