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by Peter Thomson

Here are a few more photos from the relief work done last week in northern Japan.

These pictures are from Onagawa, a hard-hit city. Most of the city is in ruins. Land around the port sunk over a meter from the earthquake and tsunami, and I have no idea how such a small fishing town would have the funds needed to make the land usable again. A tenth of the population was killed by the tsunami.

The first picture is the gutters around a house that we cleaned.

Before After

To get an idea of the water that hit the house, here is a shot of the back of the house, and the waterline is clearly evident. That’s Dean from our church in Seattle in the photo with me.

Before After

Lastly, this is what the inside of the house looks like. The walls, ceilings and floors had all been taken down before we arrived. Our job was to clean out the mud that had been dumped under the floors. This is me with another volunteer from the Osaka area. Everyone that came to work was fantastic, just an amazing group of people.

Before After

It was an honor to go and work to share the love of Christ in tangible ways. I always come back feeling like I received more than I gave.


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