A Call to Prayer for Japan Crisis

By Janet Chismar and Trevor Freeze   •   March 19, 2011

When Ken Isaacs got on the train from Tokyo to Osaka last week, he couldn’t find a seat. Thousands of people were fleeing the city in fear of possible nuclear fallout. On his return trip, the train was virtually empty.

As the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse, Isaacs is working closely with BGEA Associate Director of Asian Affairs Chad Hammond in a joint effort to bring help and hope to hurting people following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Reporting by phone Thursday, Isaacs said that the nuclear cloud was keeping him cut off from his team to the north in Sendai.

CNN reported that close to 200,000 people living within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – the hardest hit of several nuclear plants affected since the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami – had been evacuated. Authorities banned flights over the area.

According to public health officials in Japan, the nuclear fallout can cause both immediate and long-term health problems, including radiation poisoning and cancer. FOX News reports that low levels of radiation have been detected well beyond Tokyo, which is 140 miles south of the plant, but hazardous levels have been limited to the plant itself.

With emotion choking his throat, Isaacs spoke about the hardships the Japanese people are currently facing. “The nuclear disaster is consuming the nation,” he said. “We are in uncharted waters.”

The 747 cargo jet carrying 93 tons of disaster relief supplies that left Charlotte, N.C. at 1 p.m. (Eastern) arrived at Yokoto Air Force Base at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (local time). The U.S. military unloaded the plane in less than an hour with the items being warehoused overnight before being flown into Sendai on Sunday.

“A couple of hundred churches dot the northern part of Japan,” Isaacs said. “The average congregation is 20 people. The churches themselves don’t have the capacity to do distributions, but they are strategic in terms of Kingdom building. This effort is building their reputation and respect.

“People will never forget that the Christians came.”

Supplies will be given to displaced people living in public shelters, said Isaacs, who has led recovery efforts for approximately 25 years and described the damage as worse than Haiti in some ways.

Nearly 13,000 people are dead or missing and several hundred thousand have been left homeless from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Cold, snowy weather in parts of the Asian nation further heightened the hardship of a nation facing what its leaders call its biggest disaster since World War II.

Isaacs is calling on the Christian community around the world to continue to pray for the recovery efforts. Here’s some ways you can pray specifically:

• That Japan’s military will be able to assist the team from Samaritan’s Purse and BGEA transport 93 tons of supplies that arrived Saturday from the airlift.

• For wisdom from the Holy Spirit in all decision-making.

• Continued favor with Japan government officials.

• For much-needed fuel (for trucks).

• For protection from radiation.

• For the people of Japan, who are very fearful and anxious.

• That people will come to see God’s love in spite of their suffering and in the midst of their suffering.

“Despite the challenges our team is facing in Japan, we have much to be thankful for,” Isaacs said. “Please join us in praising God for the help of the U.S. military, Japanese government officials, and local Christians. Thank Him that our charter flight arrived safely in Japan. Thank Him that our team has remained safe and healthy.”

How You Can Help

People across Japan have lost virtually everything in the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Please donate online today and thank you for your support.

Our prayers are with the people who lost homes and loved ones throughout the country. Visit our prayer page or follow the BGEA Prayer Team on Twitter to support prayer efforts.

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10 Comments

  1. christine says:

    I just want my heart to go out to Japan I am so sad to say. Lord be with the children of Japan, give them your support and honor them Lord with all of your heart. Thank you.

  2. Rushii says:

    En el nombre del u el hijo y del espiritu santo, Senor cubre tu sangre y poderosa a toda la gnete en Japan. senor aunque no sepean de tu palabra o de ti perdonalos, limpialos, manda angeles para que los guarden, protejen y guien. senor AYUDA a Japan con todo lo mal lo que paso. quita todo enfermedad, maldisia, espiritus malos en el nombre de cristo te arrepiento! Diablo mentiroso ambustero en el nombre de cristo estas derrotado abajo del mar y mas para abajo PORQUE LA SANGRE DE CRISTO TIENE PODER. ! . . En el nombre de padre y el hijo y del espiritu santo Amen Amen Amen, (In the name of or the son and the Holy Spirit, Lord and your blood covers all powerful in Japan. God, but not in your word or you forgive them, cleanse them, send angels to guard them, protect and guide them. Japan Lord helps with everything bad that happened. remove all disease, maldisia, evil spirits in the name of Christ will repent! Diablo ambustero liar in the name of Christ these beaten down over the sea and down BECAUSE THE BLOOD OF JESUS ??HAS POWER. ! . . In the name of Father and Son and the Holy Spirit Amen Amen Amen)

  3. Robin says:

    Lord, I pray for the precious people of Japan. That you would pour out your Holy Spirit over this nation and millions would receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, redeemer, and friend. I pray for the peace that passes all understanding to guard their hearts and minds. In Jesus name! Thank you, Lord for hearing my prayer. We praise in advance for answering! :)

  4. steve says:

    We ask the Lord of creation to move among this prosperous nation in this time of great need and suffering. Perhaps now, after the gospel has been publicly proclaimed many times over for decades there in Japan, may a great harvest of souls come to faith in the Savior. Gospel seeds that have been dormant in the minds and hearts of those who have both heard and or read the message of salvation, come to sprout at last!

  5. Rebeca says:

    My Lord Jesus I pray for every single person in Japan, not only for those in need but for those in the south of Japan that they can hear about your and feel in a clear way your presence too! I pray that your name be proclaim in all Japan and many, many Japanesse wil come to you. In your Holy name Amen

  6. Ann says:

    Dear Jesus hope you are coming soon its times like these that I realize you are the only solution I pray that many of the Japanese will begin to seek you to hear you knocking at their door and will invite you into their hearts. Only you can bring good out of such tragedy hear there cries release there doubts please set them free.

  7. Tim says:

    Father in Jesus Great Name have mercy,grant peace that only You can give to the people of Japan and to your people helping in your name. Amen

  8. Susan says:

    Lord, my heart hurts for the people in Japan, for the families, loved ones and all the precious children. May God be with them, calming and protecting them.

  9. Mary says:

    Dear God, we give out of our supply to help the people of Japan, but now we turn to and trust you, the Only God to rebuild the lives and bind the broken hearts of these people that you love so much through Jesus Christ the hope of the world.

  10. Dottie says:

    “For we do not know how to pray as we ought…” May we ask and rely on the Holy Spirit to give us His wisdom to know how to pray for Japan. We cannot intercede effectively apart from His directing us. May we all be faithful and obedient to heed the call to pray.