For Japan With Love
As a Salvation Army officer/pastor I’m no stranger to helping with disasters. Hunni is trained as part of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) and we have friends who have and are assisting in disasters both big and small.
I don’t talk about church much on the blog because it’s not always relevant. However our recent sermon series struck home with me. We’ve been looking at ways to house, hear, help, and heal with a focus on the world. This past week as I prepared to preach on healing the world I learned of the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. My mind is focused even more on how we can help all in need.
The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and was able to provide aid to those affected immediately. Local Salvation Army churches, pastors and members are helping those as well as other groups who have arrived.
We know it will be a long process of healing and recovery for Japan as we remember Haiti recovering more than a year later. I don’t want to let these images fade as the need remains. (source)
For this reason tomorrow, Friday March 18, 2011 I’m participating in a blogger day of silence to benefit For Japan with Love.
For Japan With Love has a direct link to the fundraising page for Shelter Box. Shelter Box was one of the first organizations on hand to help after the quake. Each large, green Shelter Box is unique for the situation but generally contains a relief tent, blankets, water storage and purification, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
As Japan begins to heal these items are greatly needed in addition to the food and medicine other organizations provide. I’m blessed to see the blogging world band together with other fundraisers such as Angela’s Japan Disaster Fundraiser.
I will be donating to The Salvation Army’s Japan Disaster Fund. I am giving up my daily tea habit for the rest of the month to donate in addition to my regular missions giving.
No donation is too small to help others in need. What we think of as nothing – a cup of Starbucks, a dinner out, a new piece of clothing – can help leaps and bounds in disasters like this. What can we sacrifice to help others?
For bloggers (from ever-ours.com)
Bloggers Day of Silence:
Anyone that has a blog can help out with this one.
The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.
The guidelines are simple.
1. This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2. Please post a blog post about what you will be doing this Friday whenever possible in hopes to spread the word and whoever else would like to join in.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet the shiznit out of the link to http://www.forjapanwithlove.com please.
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan.