Pray for Japan this week

I’m greatly burdened for Japan today. Rescue efforts are still underway (my rescuers, VA Task Force 1, are among the rescue teams involved), and casualty estimates are rising. From what I’ve seen, I’d be surprised if casualties end up less than 10,000.

If you want to join me in praying, please pray for:

  • those waiting for rescue,
  • those waiting for word from loved ones,
  • those who have already lost loved ones,
  • for God’s comfort and presence for all who seek Him,
  • for leaders trying to make difficult decisions in impossible circumstances,
  • for so many who are homeless and/or without power.
  • Pray that God would intervene and stop the escalation of the crisis, particularly the nuclear concerns.

It is a mercy that Japan is a rich nation, and very well-prepared for earthquakes (particularly their building codes). The human scale of the disaster will be far smaller than in Haiti and other poverty-stricken countries.

That said, the mere magnitude of the quake (1000+ times the 7.0 Haiti quake), the addition of tsunamis, flooding, and a nuclear crisis all make the situation in Japan very dire. Poverty or no, they need our prayers.

For those looking to help:

Compassion International does not work in Japan, or of course I would have links to our work. 😉

Asian Access is one group that is bringing help through its network of local churches (led by one of my mentors, Joe Handley). Learn about their efforts at:
http://asianaccess.org/A2-Japan-Tsunami-Relief-Fund.html

World Vision is mobilizing its response, as is the American Red Cross.