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Mennonite Church Canada seeks prayer support for Japanese people, churches

   

March 18, 2011   
Deb Froese

Prayer Request and Resources

Mennonite Church Canada is joining with Mennonite World Conference (MWC) in a call for worldwide prayer for Japan. At  www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/1493 you will find worship and prayer resources in multiple languages and a map noting the locations of Anabaptist churches in Japan. Please also remember our Japanese brothers and sisters in Canada who may be experiencing this disaster very intensely at the Mennonite Japanese Christian Fellowship and the North Shore Japanese Church, both of Surrey, B.C.

Please continue to pray for the health, safety and security of the people of Japan.


March 14, 2011
Dan Dyck

Winnipeg - Please pray for Japanese people as they work to cope with devastating results of the earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing infrastructure damage and human displacement. Communication with Japanese Mennonite groups in Japan has been challenging, but Mennonite World Conference has been in contact with Mennonite church leaders in Japan, and provides some preliminary information in releases, below.

Mennonite Church Canada presently has no Witness (international ministry) workers in Japan. Mennonite Central Committee is accepting donations for aid to Japan.


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News Release
16 March 2011

CORRECTION AND UPATE FOR: Japanese Anabaptist churches safe, but communications cut to one house church

MWC staff has received an update from Takanori Sasaki, chair of the Japan Mennonite Fellowship, clarifying that the Hitachi house fellowship is actually located in Hitachi City in Ibraki prefecture north of Tokyo (not in the Fukushima prefecture as previously reported). Takanori reported that a Tokyo church leader had been in contact with the house church and confirmed that the group was safe. Takanori also reported that there while no Mennonite church members live in the Fukushima prefecture, he had heard of several relatives who work there who have not been heard from or who are staying in shelters.

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Mennonite World Conference is a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness.

 

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is a global community of Christian churches rooted in the 16th-century Radical Reformation in Europe, particularly in the Anabaptist movement. Today, more than 1,600,000 believers belong to this faith family; more than 60 percent are African, Asian, or Latin American. MWC represents 99 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national churches from 56 countries on six continents.


Mennonite World Conference
A community of Anabaptist-related churches

www.mwc-cmm.org

 

News Release
14 March 2011

Japanese Anabaptist churches safe, but communications cut to one house church

Tokoyo, Japan – the Anabaptist-related church communities of Japan are largely safe, according to Takanori Sasaki, chair for Japan Mennonite Fellowship (JMF), following the enormous earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. The church communities are scattered across Japan, most of them away from the quake’s epicentre.
 
According to Takanori, however, communication with a house church in Hitachi city was cut off. The community is located on the east coast in the Fukushima region, the area hardest hit by the disaster and the location of the most troubled nuclear power plants.

Takanori indicated in a March 12 email that Hitachi was not hit by the massive tsunami that followed the quake. Hitachi is about 220 kilometers south of Sendai, which is near the quake’s epicentre, and approximately 100 kilometers from the Fukushima power plants.
 
Japan is home to five Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren and Brethren in Christ groups. They count a total baptized membership of about 3,000 in 70 congregations.
 
Further updates will be posted as information comes in.

MWC staff

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Mennonite World Conference is a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness.

 

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is a global community of Christian churches rooted in the 16th-century Radical Reformation in Europe, particularly in the Anabaptist movement. Today, more than 1,600,000 believers belong to this faith family; more than 60 percent are African, Asian, or Latin American. MWC represents 99 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national churches from 56 countries on six continents.