Japan showed us recently that in just a few short moments, anyone can go from living a life of plenty to owning only the clothes on their bodies…suddenly dependent on others for water, food and shelter.
With scarce power and temperatures stuck right around freezing, survival has become the number-one goal of many of Japan’s families. Millions of individuals have little or no access to water, and morereports are saying that tap water in some areas is unsafe due to contamination from damaged nuclear reactors.
In the face of an extremely bare fuel supply, getting life-saving help to survivors is a daunting and dangerous task.
Japan is a largely secular nation, but disasters of this magnitude can’t help but bring the spiritual part of life to the surface. At a time when so many Japanese are asking, ‘What have we done to deserve this?’the Church has an incredible opportunity to share the hope of Christ, providing face-to-face comfort and meeting physical needs in a practical way.