IWATE MINISTRY INITIATIVE ~ JAPAN


Loved being with our neighborhood friends for a final barbecue,
even a bit of rain didn't dampen our spirits.
July 21, 2013
-Japan-

IMI is finished Stage 3 of the plan in Iwate at the end of June 2013.
With God all things are possible!
We’ll be back in 2014, God willing, to start a church plant.
Let us know if you'd be interested in joining us.
iwateministryinitiative@gmail.com 


Phase (Stage) 3: Healing and Hope – March 12, 2013 ~ June 2013
While continuing to provide the needed emotional care for those in the temporary housing, began outreaches focused on children and the working age group (ages 20~50) among those in both the temporary housing and surrounding community.
Find suitable location in downtown Kamaishi and open Hope Café Kamaishi.
As a result of the continuing visitation outreaches, begin weekly Bible studies in the temporary housing communities as the Lord leads.

Phase 4: Hope for a fresh start – March 12, 2014
Begin small discipleship/worship groups in the various places as the Lord leads.
Begin a monthly area worship service for those who have come to faith.
Enter a formal relationship with JECA (c).
Broaden the ministry to the north (Yamada/Miyako) and to the south (Ofunato/Rikuzentakata) as the Lord directs.


 iwateministryinitiative@gmail.com
Iwate Ministry Initiative







 
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of  briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”    
Isaiah 55: 12,13

Location:

Iwate Prefecture, Tōhoku region
The particular focus of our vision is for the people of the Kamaishi and Otsuchi areas hit hard by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. But also, as the Lord leads, to enlarge our area of outreach to the north (Yamada and Miyako) and to the south (Ofunato and Rikuzentakata).

Ministry Team:

  • Jim Nielsen (Team Leader & Pastoral Care)
  • Eileen Nielsen (Staff Care & Activities Coordinator )
  • Amy Nielsen (Planning & Finance Coordinator)
  • Miyu Ishihara (Hope Cafe Coordinator)
  • Miki Katayama (Emotional Care & Visitation Coordinator)

Vision:

In the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami which occurred in the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, and as a result of our efforts to bring help, healing, and hope to thousands of survivors of the disaster, we hope to see many house churches established within the effected area which eventually would result in a church planting movement in one of the most unreached areas of Japan.

Defining Characteristics:





  1. Bringing Help (meeting physical needs): In keeping with Jesus’ words found in Matt. 10:42, we believe that by purposing to meet the physical needs of the people we are here to reach out to, we will be building bridges of trust that will lead to opportunities to minister to their emotional needs.
  2. Bringing Healing (meeting emotional needs): In keeping with Paul’s words found in Gal. 6:2, we believe that by ministering to the emotional needs of the people we are here to reach, we will be building further trust which will lead to opportunities to minister to their spiritual needs.
  3. Bringing Hope (meeting spiritual needs): In keeping with Paul’s words found in Col. 3:17, we believe that having brought an incarnational ministry of help and healing to the people we are here to serve, we will see the Lord open the way to minister to the spiritual needs of the people, leading to the salvation of many.

Ministry Phases:

Phase 1: Help & Healing – March 11, 2011 ~ March 11, 2012 Completed

  • Worked in partnership with CRASH Japan in order to bring the needed help to the survivors of the disaster (3/11/11~8/31/11).
  • Continued to work in partnership with CRASH Japan in order to bring the needed emotional care to the survivors of the disaster (9/1/11~3/31/12).

Phase 2: Healing & Hope – March 12, 2012 ~ March 11, 2013





  • Continue to work in partnership with CRASH Japan in bringing the needed emotional care to the survivors of the disaster (3/31/12~8/31/12).
  • Begin developing the 12 week recovery group (Aozora Kai) material and begin recovery groups in the temporary housing communities that are ready from mid-November.
  • Begin increasing our current visitation program in the temporary housing communities in order to move into the next stage of emotional care and to bring the needed spiritual care as the Lord opens up opportunities to do so.

Phase 3: Healing & Hope – March 12, 2013 ~

  • While continuing to provide the needed emotional care for those in the temporary housing, begin outreaches focused on children and the working age group (ages 20~50) among those in both the temporary housing and surrounding community.
  • Find suitable location in downtown Kamaishi and open Hope Café Kamaishi.
  • As a result of the continuing visitation outreaches, begin weekly Bible studies in the temporary housing communities as the Lord leads.

Phase 4: Hope – March 12, 2014 ~

  • Begin small discipleship/worship groups in the various places as the Lord leads.
  • Begin a monthly area worship service for those who have come to faith.
  • Enter a formal relationship with JECA (Japan Evangelical Church Association).
  • Broaden the ministry to the north (Yamada/Miyako) and to the south (Ofunato/Rikuzentakata) as the Lord directs.

Survivor Stories:




Mrs. Kubo with our staff members, Amy and Eileen Nielsen
Mrs. Kubo is a regular at our Thursday cafés ("ochako"), as they stay in Tohoko. She said that she has spent her whole life by herself working on her family’s farm. In spite of losing her home during the tsunami, she has recently remarked, “If we hadn’t had a tsunami, I never would have met so many wonderful people.” Pray for her salvation. At 88 years old, she has serious health issues with high blood pressure and traveling 3 times a week for dialysis at a local hospital.




Mr. Takei with our staff leader, Jim Nielsen
Mr.Takei and his wife have become good friends of our staff since we first started coming to their temporary housing unit almost a year and a half ago. Mr. Takei commented recently, “Your group is different to other groups...you’re so warm and friendly...we hope your church group keeps coming...” The Takeis, who moved to Tohoku to be with their son after retirement, shared how they lost so many friends, but are thankful to have made so many new friends among the many volunteers that have been helping with the relief work here in Tohoku.




Mr. and Mrs. Yamazaki
Mrs. Yamazaki and her husband are part of our home visitation program. Mrs. Yamazaki is a poet and has written and published a children’s book. Their house was badly damaged by the tsunami and they live in a temporary housing unit. Having received some books from our staff by a famous Christian author, she asked for a Bible. Not soon after, Mrs. Yamazaki shared that she has had trouble sleeping for 17 years and found that reading the Bible right before bed made her sleep well. She has been studying the Bible with our staff and stated during their last study, “I think I am a Christian.” Pray for her to have a clear understanding of what being a Christian means and her husband’s salvation.

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Email: iwateministryinitiative@gmail.com

 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ken,

Nice talk to you again.
How many brothers do you have?
Anyway, Thank you for support to IWATE resident in Japan.
It is great job for Japanese people.

I am in Shenzhen China and I am making own office here.
I`d like to make the auto after parts business in China, Japan
and US. What do you think? Please let me know your advice.

Thank you, Wayne

Anonymous said...

Hi Ken-san,

Akemashite omedetou gozai masu!

I have a couple in our church who was ministering in Iwate-ken with CRASH this past year. They are returning to San Diego next week. There is a great possibility that they worked with, or at least crossed paths with Jim, Eileen and Amy. Is Jim your brother, or relative? Thank you for sending me news about their ministry in Japan!

Grace and peace in Christ,
Ichibei Honda

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the news about Jim and his family 's ministry.
I pray for their work and health.

God bless them !

Roko
Hiroko ☆no

Anonymous said...

So heartwarming to know that your brother is involved with the Iwate Ministry! Bob and I will be praying for him and his team so that they may be a blessing to those still struggling to recover up north.

Hope you and your wife had a wonderful Christmas. Sukoshi osoku narimasu keredo Akemashite Omedetou gozaimasu!!

God Bless,

Audrey

Anonymous said...

Praying for Jim and Eileen and the ministry.
Love, Aunt Hilda