Today the first funds to reach our missionary fellowship were given to the Japan Assemblies of God for relief efforts. Tony Salisbury, our field moderator, presented the funds to General Superintendent Makoto Hosoi. The funds given by Okinawa Neighborhood Assembly, a church that ministers to Japanese and to US military in Okinawa, will be used to provide relief supplies.
The Japan Assemblies of God has updated their website to include a PayPal feature for direct contributions in yen or dollars. The website is http://www.ag-j.org/donation/index.html.
Please pray that bureaucracy (red tape) will not slow down relief efforts as agencies have been encountering restrictions with city governments. On a positive note, the high-speed highway has opened up to civilian traffic. This will help relief teams reach more areas with needed relief supplies.