America woke up this morning to tweets on Twitter and constant Facebook posts as people from all over the world posted videos, images and updates from Japan and the devastating 8.9 mag. earthquake that struck 231 miles northwest of Tokyo. Then a tsunami, 23 feet in height swept across the area destroying everything in it’s path, buildings, boats, cars, bridges and most importantly innocent lives.
The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and currently operates over 80 locations within the country. According to a posting on The Salvation Army’s International website, Commissioner Makoto Yoshida, leader of The Salvation Army’s Japan Territory, was at territorial headquarters in Tokyo and reports: ‘Our building swayed tremendously. It was hard for us to keep standing and many of us were really frightened.’
He adds: ‘We are sending a team to Sendai, one of the hardest hit areas tonight [11 March] and tomorrow we will start providing the basic necessities as well as assessing the level of damage so we can decide what else we can do.’
As we receive more updates from the field, we will be sure to pass those along to you. We ask that you continue to pray for the people affected by this catastrophic event and for those performing search and rescue for the hundreds missing.
If you wish to donate to The Salvation Army in Japan, please click here and you will be directed to their local appeal or you can text the word “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 for a $10 donation