Isaiah 58 has become a core group called YSP21 will continue to lead a comprehensive network Christian Minamisanriku.
私の友人の宣教師Kurt Tompson 先生がブログの英語翻訳のボランティアをアメリカでしてくれることになりました。
Then, from this time, Kurt Tompson sensei will be a volunteer English translation of the Isa58net blog from America. He is friend of mine
What is a “Sen-sho”?
I am writing about the situation of moving our temporary housing to higher ground. There are only 12 units in our small complex. Around us are also 8 homes of the original settlement left. I have worked hard with the district leader of this district to somehow keep these families in the same area while increasing our population. The location of the higher ground is nearby. It has been hoped that in that place those who wish to build single family homes and those who want to live in public housing would be able to live together. There are less than two who chose the public housing option but could they be close? The nearby higher ground looks right next to our area on a map, but it is actually 20 meters higher in elevation and the bureaucrats are inspired that people will move there. They say that they will do something to connect the areas and won’t that be okay? However, it is 20 meters in elevation; what will they do? Build a road just for walkers? Stairway? Can the elderly use such things? Can they go back and forth very day? Will that enable our small numbers to come together and work for community? How can we not feel like we have been abandoned?
We desire to maintain contact with the old settlement through any and all proposals. But with the remaining 8 homes, 10 more on higher ground and then those into distant public housing how can we not feel like we are being separated far from each other? Just 10 homes on higher ground location? What is this? Some kind of isolated island on the continent? The present residents true feelings are that we do not have any expectation of seeing anything like the bright hope we had about rebuilding our homes in a new location. I am wondering if there isn’t some way for us to hold on to more hope than this.
I am sharing this with you since next month we will enter into more detailed discussions with the bureaucrats about moving to higher ground. We are seriously thinking about how we can bring about the movement of the Minami Sanriku Town, Shizugawa District’s move to higher ground in line with the hopes and dreams of its residents. If we don’t align the ideas that came from there “Community Vision Panel” meetings, then they will just be efforts of empty words. Can’t the bureaucrats do more than respond with phrases like “we don’t have the budget, or there is not enough time, etc?” Can’t they proceed with even a little cooperation and consideration for local cooperation? This is what we are hoping for. We are the survivors of the previous community and if we don’t hang in here, then there will be no stopping the flow of people into surrounding towns and cities.
This has been a long report about recent conditions, but I needed you to know about the situation in disaster area of Minami Sanriku Town.
We are just a small support group. However, we need to turn our ears to the pain of people like this in order to stand up a witness for Christ in these areas where we are cooperating with other support groups who share the same understanding of “testimony”. To “draw close” means that we be faithful in doing small things and we also believe this is the biblical way to interact with them. We think that our support efforts begin with those victims who are fearful of losing what remains of the local home community they love so much.