Gamo, Miyagi Prefecture. Gamo Community Centre was supposed to be an evacuation area, but is only a single-storey building, and the tsunami flooded the space up to the top of the door frames. From the flat outdoor roof of the Community Centre, we could see many surrounding houses which were rebuilt by Samaritan’s Purse.
Many people who lived in this community moved away after the disaster and it is mostly only older people who have returned once their houses were able to be lived in. There was a church in this area, but it got washed away and was rebuilt far away. The people who attended that church also moved further inland.
Sendai Evangelical Christ Church chose to buy a building in this community and start a new church meeting place (Gamo Mission Station). Pray that this stands out to people as a beacon of hope, reminding them that God cares about them and has not forgotten them.
Gamo Mission Station has a van and they pick up people who want to come to the activities they run at the Gamo Mission Station but lack the mobility to get there.
Written by Naomi H.
Will you pray for Japan?
- Pray for the people who own these houses, and who experienced the love of Jesus in a practical way after the tsunami.
- Pray for a person of peace, who is well-connected in the community, to come to trust in Jesus and share the difference Jesus makes.