Situation in Japan is not conducive to sending volunteers
As the crisis in Japan continues with daily reports of aftershocks and radiation concerns, we continue to pray for all who have lost loved ones, homes, and jobs, or been exposed to radiation in Japan. We are moved by the compassion and generosity of United Methodists and other people of good will who are supporting relief efforts in Japan following the earthquake on March 11.
At this time, we are honoring the request of the Japanese government, who has asked that outside groups not come to Japan. Our missionaries and mission partners who are already in Japan are providing a ministry of presence and service on behalf of The United Methodist Church. They have shown particular concern for migrants and minorities, many of whom have lost so much and face uncertain futures. UMCOR is working on your behalf through relief and church partners in Japan to respond and provide immediate assistance and long-term rehabilitation.
While our hearts may feel that we must do something besides praying and "just" writing a check, please keep in mind John Wesley's appeal to do no harm. The situation in Japan is not conducive to sending volunteers at this time. It is important to allow the well-established government organizations to organize the response. Should the situation change, we will mobilize United Methodist Volunteers in Mission to prepare volunteer teams.
We cannot say enough in appreciation of our missionaries and a group of long-time, fulltime mission volunteers in the wake of the earthquake. We have nine missionaries and six Individual Volunteers assigned to Japan. Their ministries continue to be unceasing. Please lift up prayers of thanks for the churches and our missionaries and volunteers in Japan and pray for our staff members who continue in diligent service in response to the needs caused by the disaster.
For up to date information about relief efforts, please visit the Japan emergency response page.
Thank you for your prayers and your gifts.
Grace and peace,
Date posted: Apr 14, 2011