Society & Politics

Redeeming Disaster in Japan

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Soohwan Park, MI Associate

The tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. In the wake of the disaster, Christian relief organizations began asking how they could respond in more holistic ways, ways that included but also transcended the physical assistance needed. Local church communities and trained volunteers were thus the ones providing new and lasting alternative relief to the devastated areas. “Christian relief work happens only when the local church realizes its mission to serve the world, giving themselves for others and restoring the fabric of a broken society.” It is practical, but more fundamentally, it is relational.

Source: Christianity Today

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