Today was a very beautiful sunny day. For us it began quite early as we had to leave the Baptist Seminary at 06:00, our destination was Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture. This will be our first new prefecture for these prayer journeys.
Today’s travel was much shorter than yesterday we were scheduled to meet Mark & Wendy Hoshizaki. Missionaries whom I had met at Tokyo Baptist Church before they were assigned to Iwate Prefecture.
We we made excellent time and arrived at our rendezvous spot, snapped a quick photo to remember the occasion then played follow the leader with Mark who led us to one of the churches he works with in Kamaishi.
This proved to be a beautiful house church with a few suprises. The Pastor is from Peru and preached mainly in Spanish while his Japanese wife translated. There was a missionary from Hong Kong and a volunteer from Kansai. Altogether a wonderful mix of people.
The church offered us lunch which we gladly accepted. During this time the pastor shared his dream to provide something for the young people in the area who currently have little hope as there are no universities or trade schools in the area and jobs are very hard to find. We took time to pray for him, his family and his dreams.
After taking our leave of the church, Mark took us to the spot where they are currently building the sports stadium for the 2019 rugby World Cup games. We knew that games would be played at this location and it was on our agenda to pray around the stadium. However, getting here we realized that it wasn’t even built yet. Mark and Wendy took time to pray with us before they had to leave.
It is a cause of big concern for those still living in temporary housing to see the city spending so much money on making new roads and building this stadium while they are still waiting for a house to live in having lost their houses in the tsunami of 2011.
Next on on our agenda was to visit Sasaki San. She had opened up here house to us when we were volunteering after the earthquake. We were all welcomed very warmly and spent a plesent time with her. Aogu and Kosuke, wish you could have been there with us.
The banner on the station wall is for the rugby games in 2019. Mosese is a rugby freak he has only been in Japan a few months but has already found opportunities to play. While we were praying at the stadium site a bus load of Kiwi rugby players drove by with a Tongan player who has been here for 3 years. Well when we went to the food court who did we meet but this Tongan guy. Who knows Kalafi Moala!! Small world. Keeping this short he ended up blessing Mosese with a donation!