One year ago, I was able to lead a short term team from my church to the Tohoku region of Japan (in Iwate) to help in the relief effort with CRASH Japan. This year, I have returned with another team (the 3rd official team from our church to Japan since the tsunami). This time around, I’ll be in Ishinomaki and Minamisanriku, in Miyagi-ken (south of Iwate-ken). Most of the official written reflections of the team are on our team blog here. However, I wanted to use this blog to post a few other pics and thoughts that are more “off the record”. I’m hoping to give you a candid glimpse into the culture and our trip. So far, we’ve been meeting some great people and having some really amazing experiences. I am definitely falling in love with this country. This year, we’re working with a non-profit called SOLA. I’ll tell you more about it later, but it’s definitely a great org to sponsor. They’re working with children in the temporary units to help rebuild the Tohoku region.
First, I want to introduce you to my team.
These are the men and women that I’m spending these few weeks with. Our days are filled with laughter and with tears… as we experience both the beauty and pain of the Tohoku area. I am so grateful to have such an amazing team. Each one of them bring something important to the table… whether it be a crucial skill or a warm personality. Here is a closer look at a few of these outstanding individuals.
Well, that’s the team! Stay tuned for more posts about these great people and our adventures in Japan. Until then, I leave you with this picture of an elementary school in Ishinomaki. It is a solemn reminder of the tragedy that struck just a year and a half ago.