Saturday, October 12th, Typhoon Hagibis hit the Greater Tokyo Area (Kanto Region). The most recent report I located indicates 83 died as a result. This was the biggest storm in the region since 1958. Our area, Northern Yokohama, was fine. However areas close to us, particularly in the Tamagawa River neighborhoods (20 minutes from our home) and other Kawasaki towns were not. Here is a picture of my colleague and I along with a volunteer team cleaning up a nearby resident's storage room just 2 weeks post-storm. Note the water line in the one photo:
Quite a bit of flooding was reported in other parts as well. Our Team Leader took this photo of his TV with the news station reporting flooding near Musashi-Kosugi Station. For reference, Musashi-Kosugi is where our team will plant a new church in spring 2020.
Beyond Kanagawa Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture experienced much damage as well. In fact, Chiba barely recovered from Typhoon Faxai that came through on Monday, September 9th. Over 934,000 residents were without power in the area. Still many were without power when Typhoon Hagibis hit. Chiba is still recovering.
Dispatch teams of volunteers have been sent out. Our team will continue to participate in clean-up work. And there are definitely ways folks can help beyond supporting our volunteer efforts. The main way is to give financially to help those effected. Our church, Denen Grace Chapel, is connected with Relief Agencies such as CRASH Japan and other groups. We are designating an offering as a church toward CRASH's efforts.
If you would like to contribute to this need, please press the "Give" button above and indicate "Typhoon Relief" on the memo line. You can also send checks payable to WorldVenture with "Justin & Lindsay Mitchell/Typhoon" written on the memo line. Checks can be sent to:
20 E Inverness Place
Englewood, CO 80112-5622
Noting your financial gifts this way helps us know to separate this funding for its intended purpose.
Another way to give is through prayer. Pray for the following:
Pray for those effected by the typhoon. For physical restoration as well as these events to be used by God to open doors for the gospel.
Pray for our team that will continue to assist in clean-up projects here in the Kawasaki area.
Pray for churches effected in our church association - specifically in Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures (north of us). There has been significant damages reported.
Pray for God to use this to provide opportunities for us to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thank you all for your time, prayers and concern for the Japanese people.