An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century. The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States and South America. The tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. The Oregon coast remains on alert.
Please join us in praying for those who have been affected by this tragic earthquake and the tsunamis that followed. We have family that are on high alert in Hawaii and of course many friends and family up and down the west coast. The effects of this morning’s global events will continue to grow as the days and weeks go by.
In response, I would invite you to join us for an hour of prayer at Connection Life Church tomorrow (Saturday) evening from 6PM – 7PM. This will be an hour dedicated to praying for the lives impacted by this 8.4 earthquake that hit Japan early this morning.
Saturday – March 12, 2011
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Connection Life Church
3345 Brown RD. NE
Salem, OR 97305
I have joined in by praying for our brothers and sister in Japan. Lord, please have mercy! There are babies and helpless others who need you so desperately! Thank you for all help you are sending...please give peace to this land, that the earth would stop groaning and that there would be a monumental movement of people turning towards you.
I am praying for the almighty to help you. You can try holylandprayer.com. I found it very helpful in a time of trouble and a need of hope. God bless you. Beth
03/12/11 11:27AM by Anonymous in Praying For Japan
Praise for miracles in japan! Wed Mar 16, 11:05 am ET Touching reunion videos after Japan disaster By Liz Goodwin Email Print .. There's not much good news in the wake of last week's devastating 9.0 earthquake in Japan. So far, the disaster may have left as many as 10,000 dead and half a million homeless, as well as sparking a nuclear crisis that is still unfolding. But amid the tragedy, some tsunami and earthquake victims have--against the odds--reunited with their loved ones and shared their incredible tales of survival. Akiko Kosaka, who was studying English in California, had all but given up hope of hearing that her family had survived in the coastal village of Minami Sanriku. Nearly half the town's inhabitants are missing or feared dead. After a friend tipped her off, Kosaka found a YouTube video of local news coverage that shows her older sister wearing a hard hat and calling out to the cameras to let her little sister in America know that the family has survived, Kosaka told CNN. The video shows that the houses next to her family home have been destroyed, making the family's survival all the more miraculous. You can watch her story, and other moving reunion vidoes, below. "I didn't think they survived," she told CNN. "I cried for three days--Friday, Saturday, Sunday." Kosaka is now trying to let them know she's received their message through a video she uploaded. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal has documented an elderly couple's journey to a small coastal town devastated by the tsunami to see if they could find their daughter and three grandchildren living there. You can watch their reunion below: CNN has translated NHK video showing a slew of reunions three days after the quake first hit. One man speaks to his wife over the phone and hears for the first time that she has survived. Another man searches for the employees in his now-destroyed sake factory, and finally reuintes with one. "Today Show" host Ann Curry helped worried family members find Californian Canon Purdy, who returned to the town of Minamisanriku, where she taught English, the day the earthquake hit. Purdy's sister tweeted Curry that she was still missing, and asked for help finding her. Curry found Purdy in the town--where a four-story wave swept away many buildings--and got her on the phone with her sister. You can watch their conversation below: The photo, below, shows a Japanese soldier right after he discovered a four-month-old baby in the rubble in the village of Ishinomaki. The soldiers somehow managed to locate the baby's father, who thought his baby had washed away with the tsunami's waves, and reunite them. "Her discovery has put a new energy into the search," a civil defence official told The Daily Mail. "We will listen, look and dig with even more diligence after this." (Soldier discovering a four-month-old baby: AP)
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