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Devastation in Japan

March 15, 2011 – by Per Christensson

It's hard to describe the recent disaster in Japan. Words like "tragedy" and "catastrophe" seem lacking in their capability to define the utter destruction that has taken place there. Homes, buildings, and even entire cities have been swept away by the tsunami. Thousands of people have lost their lives. Now the country is rushing to prevent a nuclear disaster.

I have always felt a unique connection to Japanese people. When I was younger, I was fascinated by the Japanese history and culture and even wished I was Japanese. Whenever people ask me where I would most like to travel in the world, I always said Japan. Therefore, this tragedy has affected me in a personal way. In a recent public statement, President Obama described his feelings as "heartbroken" for the people of Japan. It is an apt description of my heart for the Japanese people as well.

I wish I could travel to Japan right now to help in some way, but it is too early for them to accept civilian volunteers. Right now, they are relying on military help and trained emergency relief personal to offer aid to those most in need. Still, it is possible to help financially. If you heart breaks for the people of Japan, I hope you will join me in offering financial assistance to the emergency teams that are currently arriving in Japan. My preferred organization is Samaritan's Purse, which has played a large role in helping Haiti recover from the earthquake last year. They are currently flying a 747 loaded with supplies and personnel to northern Japan. You can support Samaritan's Purse using the link below:

Donate to Japan Relief Efforts.

My prayers are with the people of Japan, especially those who have lost loved ones. I pray that they would find comfort in God's presence.

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