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Japan The Open Door of Tohoku, Japan (Northern Honshu) by David Harris When the article “The Call for Laborers: The Urgent Need in Northern Japan” was written in early 2011, we had no idea what was about to happen. Just as the article came off the press, the earthquake and tsunami hit the eastern coast of northern Honshu. We were there, two hundred miles north of the epicenter. Though we were only a few miles from the coast, we did not know about the tsunami until the next day. What happened that day along four hundred miles of coastline were three catastrophic events at the same time: an earthquake of 9.1, reported to be in the top five ever recorded, a tsunami that surged in some mountainous areas to over 100 feet high, and a nuclear meltdown. It will take years for this area to recover, but as we helped people after the tsunami, another tragedy was found. There is an unbelievable lack of good Gospel preaching churches in most of the coastal towns in northern Honshu. Just after the quake and due to our need to get back for a meeting in Kobe, my wife, son and I drove over 30 hours in a small four-passenger car. The main artery of roads was damaged and we had to drive down the backside of the island. It was quite the adventure as gas stations only opened for a few hours each morning and food quickly became scarce in every store. After our meeting in Kobe, the church we were attending helped us shop for supplies. Churches stateside had already sent relief funds and we enjoyed filling over 10 shopping carts full of food and loading it in our van. Missionary Ron White and I drove 12 hours north to deliver the supplies to pastors in 12 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2014 Fukushima prefecture. These men were living only 20–30 miles outside of the evacuation zone that surrounded the damaged nuclear reactors. This was the southernmost area of the Tohoku region that was not in our article due to their having the most churches and pastors (eight churches and six national pastors) of the six prefectures in Tohoku. The article highlighted the five remaining prefectures with a combined population of seven million people and only three independent Baptist churches. Sadly, now almost three years after this tragic event, these figures remain the same! After unloading, we drove another five hours north on badly damaged roads to join Missionary Dave Carter and a team of missionaries who were taking relief to one of the many hard hit areas. What we saw only a month after the tsunami remains forever in our hearts. Due to ministry needs, I continued north to preach in our church in Aomori City. On the return I ventured down the length of the coast back to the area where the team was working. The road rose and fell with the mountainous terrain. At each low point there were towns affected or erased from the landscape. Since then, many of our missionaries have made many trips to towns and villages. We did all we could do to get people some food and supplies and to give them the hope that comes in Jesus Christ. All of us were deeply affected by the devastation—the thought of the death of so many and the heartbreaking stories we heard. While we passed out supplies, the authorities were combing every piece of debris for thousands who were still missing.