From the Rt. Rev. John Hiromichi Kato of the Diocese of Kohoku in Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK) or the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan. Bishop Kato was in Bishop Steve’s daily small group at the Lambeth Conference in 2008.
What we are experiencing in our city does not compare to what we have seen in the media, particularly those areas directly impacted by the tsunami. According to the Asahi newspaper, life for the between 400,000 to 500,000 people living in temporary shelters is getting worse. The affected area is very wide and diocesan staff have not been able to visit all areas. What we do know about churches and kindergartens (in the Tohoku diocese, kindergartens are often attached to churches) is:
The Grace Church, Kamaishi and Kindergarten: The building did not suffer damage from the tsunami, but not all church members have been found (this location is right on coast and it was very fortunate that Tsunami did not reach the building) St. John’s Church, Isoyama: It is located very close to sea and it has been reported that one person dead. It is not known about others in the area. We pray that they are all safe in some temporary shelter. (This church has membership of 8 without a resident priest.)