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hear public announcements being made. One of those announcements was for people who were at the seaside only a few miles away. They were to evacuate immediately because of a possible tsunami that could arrive in less than 30 minutes. Because of the elevation and location of Misawa (approximately 200 miles from the epicenter), we did not experience the effects of the powerful ocean wave. However, we wondered about the welfare of others in Japan. Since the conference was already planned, we prepared for the Friday our first news of the quake/tsunami night service. We dressed as warmly as possible because of the cold weather and lack of heat. Finding as many candles as we could, we had a candlelight service. The message I preached was not the one I had originally planned to bring, and it was also abbreviated due to the conditions. In spite of the circumstances, God blessed our time together and another young person came forward to make public her call to full-time missionary work. After the service, we returned home, piled blankets on the bed and crawled under the covers, hoping we would not have to leave the house in the middle of the night because of aftershocks. After an interesting night’s rest due to aftershocks, we began another day without electricity. On Saturday afternoon we had a modified international banquet. Someone brought a Japanese newspaper to the banquet. This was our first opportunity to learn about the devastation caused by the tsunami. Our hearts went out to those who had lost everything. What we were experiencing was only a minor inconvenience compared to the major tragedy that had taken place to the south. By Sunday morning we had electricity and joined together for the final day of the conference. Before and after the services the conversations now focused not only on the earthquake and tsunami but also on the nuclear reactor crisis. It was a blessing when in the midst of all of this, a father gave the testimony that his daughter had received Christ the night before. God had used the present tragedy Understanding the importance of the Great Commission, our purpose is to assist independent Baptist churches in the establishment of like churches around the world. BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC., exists to serve the local church as it sends missionaries into God’s harvest field. As the church’s delegated servant, we provide accountability, training and assistance to our missionaries as they carry out their pre-field, on-field and furlough ministries. It is our desire to glorify God through the pursuit of excellence in every area of this worldwide ministry of faith. 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