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Evacuees warm themselves by the fire as they prepare dinner at a Buddhist temple in Minamisanriku Town


A baby undergoes a check for radiation in Fukushima CityJapan Relief Advances

UMCOR hails the opening today of an ecumenical disaster response office in Japan.


Radiation threat slows Japan’s recoveryRadiation threat slows Japan’s recovery

By Linda Bloom/UMNS
Two months after Japan's devastating earthquake, the Asian Rural Institute held an opening ceremony for the "class of 2011" at its damaged campus in Tochigi, where repairs are underway thanks to a $150,000 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.


Update on United Methodist response in Japan Update on United Methodist Response in Japan

We continue to lift our brothers and sisters in Japan in prayer in the wake of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear threat in Japan. The General Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are working with church organizations that continue a mission story.


Earthquake survivors wait patientlySituation in Japan is not conducive to sending volunteers

04/15/11: As the crisis in Japan continues, with daily reports of aftershocks, we continue to pray for all who have lost loved ones, homes, and jobs, or been exposed to radiation.


Asian Rural Institute Standing With the People of Japan

As the full impact of last month’s devastating disaster in Japan unfolds, UMCOR is standing with the Japanese people to help them bring hope, healing, and comfort to those in need.



A survivor weeps as he looks at a board showing names of other survivors at a shelter in a village ruined by an 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefectureLetter from UMCOR Director, the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, about Japan

Read an update from UMCOR top executive, Cynthia Fierro Harvey, about the United Methodist Response to the crisis in Japan.


Wesley CenterMission Center in Tokyo Housing Evacuees

by Elliott Wright 
03/25/11: A Tokyo mission facility related to United Methodist Women provided short-term housing for evacuees from the hardest hit earthquake and tsunami zones in Japan. 


Asian Rural InstituteDamaged Rural Mission Center in Japan to Resume Training Program; Serves Refugees

by Elliott Wright
03/22/11: Despite extensive earthquake damage, a rural mission training center plans to welcome its new class.


Claudia Genung YamamotoLetter from a Missionary in Tokyo

by Claudia Genung-Yamamoto
03/20/11: Today at church we had a little under half the usual attendance, with most of the foreigners gone. We average between 60 to 70 people each week, and today had 28.


Jonathan McCurleyMissionaries Are Always in Mission: Reports from Japan

by Elliott Wright
03/17/11: What do missionaries do when their world shakes and crumbles? They continue in mission as best they can.


Miss TakashimaA Witness for Christ in Japan: Methodist Mission in Historical Perspective

by Christie House and Elliott Wright 
03/17/11: United Methodist response to Japan quake spotlights rich mission history that began 135 years ago.


An elderly couple walks to deliver food to their relatives who are victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku CityUMCOR Responds to Japan Emergency

3/16/11: The United Methodist Committee on Relief has partnered with the United Church of Christ in Japan and first-responder GlobalMedic to bring relief to communities in Japan affected by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.


A fishing boat is noticeably out of place after being swept ashore during a massive tsunami that devastated OfunatoFAQ: Japan Earthquake and Response

 The United Methodist Church, which has had a long-time relationship with Christians in Japan, has been monitoring events following the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami — and subsequent nuclear threat — in Japan.


Women wait on the street after evacuating a building following an earthquake in Tokyo March 11Relief Advisories on Japan Crisis

3/15/11: The situation in Japan at present is not conducive to relief volunteers coming in from other countries. Neither UMCOR nor Global Ministries facilitates volunteers in disaster zones unless requested by local partners or government agencies.


Asian Rural InstituteUnited Methodist Response to Japan Crisis Will Involve Church and Mission Partners

by Elliott Wright
03/14/11: The United Methodist Committee on Relief is serving as the denomination's conduit for financial contributions.


Japan EarthquakeMission Agency in Prayer for Japan, Mission Personnel and Volunteers Safe

3/12/11: The United Methodist Church's mission agency expressed deep concern for the people of Japan and its own personnel in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.