"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HEROES: Sending socks to Sendai

Vicky writes an update about her husband Seiju: "He's a liason officer in 'real life' and that is his job now. He spends a lot of time either in and around the gym that is now their base, or travelling to different towns to assess need and listen to requests from the city officials. He's tired, bad tempered and has a cold. He says everyone is tired, bad-tempered and have colds right now!"
     Please pray for stamina and health for Seiju and the 300 other men helping with this project. 

She also posts about socks: "I spent part of today packing up a box of socks for Japan. A group in Honshu [main island of Japan" have been driving truckloads of socks packed in single pairs into ziplock bags, and including a personal message.
There have been some naysayers who criticized this project, saying it's a waste of resources to buy socks made in China, sent to other countries, bought in small amounts and sent on to Japan. This may be true from an economics point of view, but from a human point of view, that kind of attitude stinks. The fact is that many people were forced to run from their homes with no shoes on, or had their clothes and shoes ripped from them as they were caught in the waves. Even if they arrived at the evacuation centres fully dressed and dry, they have now been over two weeks with no change of clothes. I can tell you from my four days in Frankfurt airport that when I finally got my feet into a pair of clean socks, it was a little piece of heaven.

Add to that the personal touch that a note gives, and it's priceless. Right now in the evacuation centres there is not a lot to do, so there is a lot of time to sit and think about the huge hurdles ahead. If by sending a box of socks to pick through, and a letter to read and compare with your friends, that brings five minutes of brightness into an otherwise long, cold day, then I think it's a project well worth supporting, don't you?

If you would like to send some socks, please do so. They are taking socks of any amount from any country. One or two pairs would not cost much to send. You can write a note in English or Japanese. I included a lot of photos in mine but anything goes. A bright postcard with a simple one line note would be fine. I've linked the site at the top of this blog post, so go and have a look for ideas if you'd like to take part. It's a small, practical way to help.
     Please pray the thoughtful gift of socks as well as the personal notes with them will communicate love and caring to the refugees. 


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