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Praying for the Believers in Japan

Will you join us in praying for the nation of Japan? In a great article on Mission Network News, author Ron Hutchcraft says Christians need to pray.

Hutchcraft encourages us to be "praying for Christians in Japan. With less than 1-percent of the population evangelical Christians, "They are a remnant in that country," Hutchcraft says.  He says the need for prayer is great. "[With] the millions of gods of Shintoism -- the feeling that Christianity is a western religion -- all these things have created great barriers, and my prayer now is for the people of God in Japan, that this could be their moment that they could [share their faith] because of their hope." "Remember," Hutchcraft says, "12 men spread this faith around the world. So, this could be the moment for that little handful of believers to become the people who are the carriers of the hope of Christ. Wouldn't it be something if this became the Jesus movement for the people of Japan?" He says Japan isn't the only tsunami we as Christians need to be concerned about. "150,000 people die every day. They are swept into eternity, whether they're ready or not. They die one heart attack over here, one traffic accident over there. That tsunami's going through every day," and we need to have the same urgency to share our faith." 

Here are three organizations we encourage you to partner with in our efforts to bring relief in Japan:

1. Convoy of Hope - Convoy of Hope has been listed by many news organization, including CNN and others as one of the top responders in Japan.  One simple way you can help is by texting TSUNAMI to 50555 on your mobile phone to donate $10 from your next phone bill to Convoy of Hope's disaster response efforts in Japan.

2. Samaritan’s Purse - CEO Franklin Graham has conducted evangelistic Festivals in both Okinawa (2006) and Osaka (2010), and local Believers connected to BGEA have requested help in the wake of Friday’s disaster. Working with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), the Samaritan’s Purse disaster assistance response team arrived in Japan to determine further needs on the ground. They are also spearheading a 747 cargo jet airlift with food, water, blankets, and hygiene supplies, and they will distribute those supplies in concert with local Japanese churches.

3. The Salvation Army in Japan already has three emergency service relief teams at work, one of which is assisting evacuees from areas endangered by possible nuclear radiation. Their first assessment team left from Tokyo on Friday night, immediately after the disasters, and reported that it took 20 hours to reach Sendai (near the epicenter of the earthquake) even though it’s normally a six-hour trip. In addition to their local teams already on the ground, the Salvation Army International Headquarters in London has emergency service personnel in transit to Japan. And along with the tangible humanitarian relief that will flow to Japan through the Salvation Army, the Salvation Army in South Korea has “set aside the next four weeks specifically for prayer and fundraising for Japan.”


A Holy Moment ... of Rest

See if you can relate to this comment by Mark Buchanon in his book “The Holy Wild.”  “I don't play enough and I don't rest enough.  I am closing in on fifty, and my life has become narrowed down to deadlines and appointments and conferences and business lunches, chores and duties and tasks and projects.  It had been ages since I had last cartwheeled through a meadow or danced to an old seventies song or slept in and not felt guilty… It had been ages since I immersed myself in anything and just sat still and waited.  And sometimes God hides right there, waiting with me for the stones to sing.”

I’ve been feeling that way and decided to do something about it.  I’ve always loved fishing and the last several years have had almost no time to get away… so last week when I drove my son to Trout Lake Bible camp, I took along my rod and reel.  And instead of rushing back to work, I walked down to the dock, made a few casts and reeled in a largemouth bass.  Then I sat for just a moment to look out at the lake.   It took just a moment to have that memory.

If your life is filled with deadlines and appointments … I encourage you to look for that moment where you can be refreshed.

David McIver
Executive Director


Care For Orphans

Do you want to help the orphans of the world?  Be a part of the Lausanne Conversation and the Christian Alliance for Oprhans Summit happening this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Grace Church Eden Prairie.

Listen in as Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, fills us in on what this great organizatio is up to and how you can play a part in caring for the least of these!




Step Into Africa with EBC and World Vision

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27

Tyler Gregory from Eagle Brook Church called into 95.3 Praise FM to fill us in on the World Vision Experience: AIDS - Step Into Africa exhibit going on now at their White Bear Lake Campus.


Worship in Haiti

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

North Central University student, Sarah Blesener, recently returned from a trip to Haiti and stopped by the 95.3 Praise FM studios to share her story of how she saw God move in an amazing way through worship!

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