Crises in Japan and Your Gifts in Action

Photo Credit: ReutersFollowing the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the island nation is facing multiple crises, including the increased threat of radiation exposure from several nuclear power plants. The official death toll has risen to 2,722 people and is expected to increase.

More than 400,000 people are now living in makeshift shelters or evacuation centers, according to The New York Times. Compounding the problem is windy and bitterly cold weather, as well as shortages of water, food and fuel, The Times reported. But the chief concern remains radiation, as a third nuclear reactor blast occurred today.

Through the joint Global Ministries of the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ, Week of Compassion’s primary partner in Japan is the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ). Several mission appointees serve there, teaching ESL or working with local churches.

UCCJ has established a relief committee which is currently researching and planning an appropriate response. UCCJ has also provided a status update on their churches, many of which were damaged or destroyed. Your gifts to Week of Compassion have already gone to support the UCCJ efforts. 

Your gifts will also support a collaborative effort between our partner Church World Service and the Japan Platform, a coalition of 32 non-governmental organizations, government service agencies and media outlets in Japan. CWS will be providing support and channeling contributions to individual members of the Japan Platform, and is also prepared to support efforts of faith-based partners in Japan, including the National Christian Council of Japan.

We are grateful for your gifts of Courageous Compassion for the people of Japan—should you feel moved to contribute to this relief effort, please donate online.

“COOL” T-Shirt Proceeds Will Go to Japan Relief Effort

Proceeds from the "Love Your Neighbor" line of shirts, posters, and stickers will be given to Week of Compassion's Response Fund to be donated to the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Created by designer Ty Mattson in order to help promote a benefit concert for Nashville flood relief, the "Love Your Neighbor" idea speaks to the universal desire in each of us to make the world a better place for those nearby. In the aftermath of the flood that hit Nashville in May of 2010, volunteers have demonstrated what it means to love one's neighbor as thousands of individuals have pitched in to help flood victims rebuild their homes and their lives.

Shirts are printed on a light green 100% organic cotton shirt, are printed in an environmentally-safe way, and are available in men's and women's sizes.

Thanks to Chris Herlinger of Church World Service for much of the information on Japan.