MOBILIZING THE CHURCH
Leaving the 4/4 Window challenge taking place here in Tokyo - was a humbling experience . Japan is a country of great numbers, many earthquakes and passionate people. A collection of churches eager to serve and make a difference. Orphans need the church to arise.
According to Sophelia - "Before the tsunami, there were more than 39,000 children in “orphanages” in Japan. Around 3,000 of them were housed in 乳児院 (nyujiin: infant nurseries, usually for children under two years old). The overwhelming majority of these children are not orphans in the sense of having no living guardian. Nor have they been removed from their parents’ custody. The majority have living parents who retain legal custody but who are not raising them. In some cases children are housed in orphanages temporarily. In other cases, they will remain in institutions from birth until adulthood, never meeting their parents. "
In the aftermath of the disaster, however, there are growing concerns that the country, as about 200 children lost both parents and an additional 1,200 lost one parent to the earthquake or tsunami. Most of the orphans are now living with relatives, but with unemployment at 90% in some areas orphanages may become the only option. It is very difficult, though, to get kids out of these welfare institutions and into permanent homes.
The CHALLENGE in Japan - for the church to step up and REACH, RESCUE, ROOT AND RELEASE - meaning all children of Japan - and most specifically to the orphans. Japan Arise it is your day as you serve vulnerable children, crisis families and orphans.
We were so excited to see the church in Japan coming together - breaking down denominations and showing the passion to care for the 4/14ers. The tomorrow for Japan is one of Hope and Expectation. For the children of Japan it is so much more - Restoration, Rooting and Releasing them as the treasure they are - a son or daughter of the Most High.
EVERY CHILD NEEDS A FAMILY AND WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO SEE A JAPAN WITHOUT ORPHANS - A WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS
NO MORE SPIRITUAL ORPHANS
NO MORE EMOTIONAL ORPHANS
NO MORE PHYSICAL ORPHANS