'Cross of comfort' erected at devastated Japan church site

By ENInews
April 19, 2011

A 'cross of comfort' has been erected at a church site about one month after its building was washed away by the tsunami that followed the magnitude-9 earthquake on 11 March, a Christian relief organisation reported - writes Hisashi Yukimoto.

A team from the Osaka-based Japan International Food for the Hungry and volunteers from Tokyo Christian Institute erected it, after they went to the site on Kesennuma Bay in Miyagi prefecture to clear rubble.

Hiroshi Minegishi, pastor of the Kesennuma First Bible Baptist Church, a member of the Japan Conservative Baptist Association, an evangelical Protestant denomination, had asked the organisation to clear the site, saying that his church could be forgotten and buried in the debris if things were left as they are.

The pastor escaped the destruction after hearing a tsunami warning. Only the church's foundation and floors have remained intact after the rest of the building was washed away by the wave. In an April website article published by The Christians, a Tokyo-based Christian news media, Minegishi said that even the great tsunami could not wash away the love of Christ.

[With acknowledgements to ENInews. ENInews, formerly Ecumenical News International, is jointly sponsored by the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Conference of European Churches.]


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