4/4-7宮古・田老町 -Miyako, Iwate
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.