1st. April, 2011 ‘Secondary Volunteering team leaving, & relief mission at Natori area’2011年4月1日「第二次ボランティア帰還、名取方面救援ミッション」

This early morning around 4:30 a.m. the secondary volunteering team left for Kansai and Hiroshima region. It will take such a long journey back home, about 12 hours to Kansai and 20hours to Hiroshima. We were to bow our head in gratitude for those pastors, brothers and sisters at the churches who came all the way from such a distance.
We, the remaining members of our Sendai church and a person from the cyubu team decided to deliver the supplies to the Southern area from Sendai where we had never been. Among the area, there is Natori city where the NHK televised live through aerial image of tsunami at …coast and Arakawa area. Because it takes only half an hour by car to get there, the image was shocking and could not help crying. We were heading for the New Life Natori Church (Pastor Takashi Onuma) of Conservative Baptist group. Before visiting there, we had look around the …area, again we saw the aftermath of tsunami, which was over 5-6m high. We were astonished by the fact that a material, which we thought it was a cloth rolling around the tower, was actually made of steel. Not only so, we were shuddered at the scenery where the breakwater made of concrete has completely brown off with its iron framework, and nothing was remaining. An another thing which was very interested was that the all the utility poles and trees have fallen down towards the same direction, since it was how tsunami hit. Yet, only a few km driving into the inland from the coast line, there were the McDonald opening normally and the multitudes of cars running on the national highway. In such a environment, a bowling centre was used as ‘an place to keep body’. Such a huge gap in such a close distance made us feel dizzy.
Due to such a situation, we were very wondering of the safety of the church, however, thankfully the sanctuary has remained without any damage since it is located about a few km away from the highest point where tsunami reached. The Pastor O who used to be a supervisor of KGK, welcomed us warmly, and we, the student subjective team, had a great fellowship with him. They had had enough supplies, and indeed the supermarkets nearby were opening as usual. According to the Pastor, in the first week after the tsunami was quite difficult, like he had to wait in a queue for about 12 hours to get petrol for his car, yet at present almost everything has recovered. This Natori area got a fast recovery of the gas supply, and there is only very few places where it still has not recovered.
Since we brought the supplies, we drove around three places of shelter and church. Yet as we expected, the shelters have got enough supplies, and there was no one around in the church. As a result, it was the first time we did put the supplies down nowhere and returned. However, it was a fruitful day that we could have a good fellowship with the Pastor O and that we could find out that the Natori area mostly has got enough supplies. By the way, the supply for gas at this church has not been recovered yet.今日は、早朝4時30分に、第二次ボランティア隊が、関西及び広島に向けて旅立って行かれました。関西へは12時間、の道のりは1500km以上、20時間にもおよぶ長い道のりです。このような長い距離にもかかわらず駆けつけて下さった先生方や兄弟姉妹に、頭の下がる思いが致しました。
そのような中で教会は一体どうなっているのだろう…と思いつつ訪問しましたが、幸い教会は津波到達点から数キロ離れた所にあり、会堂は全く無傷でした。KGK元主事のO先生が温かくお迎え下さり、学生主体の支援チーム一同、良き交わりを頂きました。物資は足りているとのことでした。確かに、まわりのスーパー等も普通に営業していました。先生によれば、最初の1週間ほどは、給水車の列に12時間並ぶなど、非常に厳しかったが、今はもうほとんど回復している、とのことでした。名取はガスの回復も早く、市内で不通となっているのはごく僅か、ということでした。折角物資を持ってきたのでどこか必要な所にと、その後避難所や教会を3箇所ほど回りましたが、避難所では足りている、との(予想通りの)お返事。教会はお留守でした。結局、この日はこの働きが始まって以来初めて、どこにも物資を降ろさずに帰って来ました。ただ、O先生との交わりを頂けたこと、また名取方面はほぼ物資は行き渡っているということが分かったことは、大きな収穫でした。 ちなみに、当教会のガスは依然として不通です。

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