4/4-7宮古・田老町 -Miyako, Iwate

   千葉グレイスチャーチのメンバーと、宇都宮の菊池知子師と共に、岩手の被災地の一つ宮古市の田老町に行き、北海道からの”ホクミン”の皆様の活動に参加させて頂き、住宅で避難されている方々への炊き出しと物資の配布を行いました。”ホクミン”の方々は大変チームワークが整っていて素晴らしかったです。

 ここでは全体で100人以上の方々が暮らしています。高台に立つ住宅以外の低地の家々はほとんど壊滅状態でその被害の凄まじさに改めて驚かせられました。

 この町では、お年寄りも多いので、各家庭の玄関までお運びしたところ、とても喜ばれました。 避難所には色々なものが届いているが、このようにこの町にボランティアが来たのは初めてですととても感謝されました。現在、避難地域毎の救援物資などの格差が問題になっています。また、手の届いていない所も沢山あるようです。

 ある仙台の先生は、ボランティアは100人いても200人いてもさらに必要があるとおっしゃっていたそうですが、多くのお手伝いできることがありそうであることを感じました。

We, ChibaGraceChurch & Pastor Tomoko Kikuchi, went to Tarou-cho in Miyako city which is one of the disaster areas in Iwate prefecture, and we prepared meals and gave out supplies for the refugees who had been staying in their own houses with all the members of "Hokumin" from Hokkaido. "Hokumin" is excellent at their teamwork.

   In this village, there are more than 100 people living as a total. Although the houses that are located on hills are fine, most low-lying houses were devastated by Tsunami, and I was again surprised to see the horrendous damage.

   Since there are many elderly people living in this town, I helped them to the entrance of their houses carrying stuff. They were very happy about it. They said that they were really grateful because even though there were many supplies sent to the public facilities (which are now shelters), this was the first time which volunteers actually came to this town. Right now, it is a problem that there is a disparities of supplies among disaster areas. Also, there are many other places which has not been reached yet.

   I heard that one pastor said even 100 or 200 volunteers came, there would be still more needed. I felt there were many things we could help.