(from Desiring God) Help Japan—At Least Five Options
Here are several Christian relief organizations responding to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster. Join us by praying for them and giving financially.
Churches Helping Churches (CHC) is working with CRASH Japan to establish a base camp near Sendai to distribute relief supplies to the community. They are appealing to their church network to take a special offering for Japan on the weekend of March 26–27. (A video will be available on their site for those who wish to show it in their services.)
Food for the Hungry (FH) is working with local partners on the ground in northern Japan to initiate relief responses, including provision of medical care, canned bread, rice and water to survivors. Currently, the response is based in Sendai, a coastal city in northeastern Miyagi. FH’s focus is strengthening local churches to be conduits for relief services.
OMF workers will help relief efforts in the Sendai region providing whatever assistance they are able to give to the people in the area. OMF will also be supporting the work of other Christian agencies in Japan that are reaching out to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. They have created the Sendai Earthquake Relief Fund to channel funds for this effort.
Samaritan’s Purse is already on the ground distributing aid in the coastal areas around Sendai. In the US, they are organizing a 747 cargo jet to airlift about 90 tons of emergency relief such as blankets, hygiene supplies, heavy-duty plastic shelter materials, and water filtration systems. The plane is scheduled to depart for Japan today, March 18.
World Vision is distributing relief supplies to thousands of people devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. An emergency response team is on the ground in hard hit areas, providing water, blankets, and other urgently needed supplies to survivors. Ongoing efforts will focus on the unique needs of children, who are the most impacted.