5/23-26 大槌町-前編:うどん炊出し-OtsuchCho

(You can see in English after Japanese below.)

今回、大槌町で、炊き出しと作業ボランティアの働きをさせていただきました。

メンバーは、教団外から、町田の吉永豊先生たち4人(その内の一人、重元先生はなんと神戸からこのためにかけつけてくれました。)と小山の新村先生ご夫妻、さらに2回目となる宇都宮の菊池知子先生そしてJapan C.O.G.教団からは、湘南から伊藤先生ご夫妻2人と吉田姉の3人、さらにゲストとして九州から駆けつけてくださったルーマニア宣教師の川井勝太郎先生、また、都岡から三井先生、瀬谷から富安雄人兄、千葉から小石臨、と、計14名で共に行くことができました。(私たちの拠点宿舎はこの人数が宿泊の限界のようです。)

今回炊き出しは、トン汁と手打ちうどんとフルーツというメニューだったのですが、香川出身の川井先生指導による手打ちうどんは、本格的で、到着当日(炊き出し前日)、拠点の宿泊所でまず、小麦粉をこね、さらに、それを丸めて袋に入れ、足で踏む作業をもととなる玉ごとに5回ほど行いました。当日さらに、それをトン汁作業と平行して、伸ばして切ってうどんとなりました。川井先生以外は手打ちうどんはみな初めてでしたが、川井先生のご指導のおかげでどんどん上手になり、無事に行うことができました。

 

今回、川井先生がルーマニアから来られる際、ルーマニアの教会の方々が、今回の震災を受けた日本の為に何かしたいと、先生に献金を預けられたとのことで、その一部から、先生は今回のうどん作り用品を購入されたとのことでした。さらに先生は、今度はルーマニアからチームを連れて再度、活動に来られるつもりとのことで、大変感謝です。

 

また、トン汁は三井先生と伊藤信子先生達が、前日より準備くださり、うどんもトン汁も、町田の吉永先生達にご用意いただいたお茶やフルーツも大変喜ばれました。また、事前に必要なものを聞いた際、暑くなってきたので、扇子が欲しいとリクエストを受けていたため、丁度、千葉の新川黎子先生より被災者の方にと、頂いた御言葉のしおりや飴と一緒に千葉の教会の皆でパックして持ってきたものと、また、都岡の教会では、三井先生たちが、前の週にクッキーを袋詰めして持ってきてくださり、これら二つも併せて一緒に配ることができ、とても喜ばれました。その後、肩こりに効く、ストレッチの時をもった後、帰る際には皆さんが玄関まで見送りに来てくださり、本当に感謝でした。

 

この日はお昼に1箇所、92名の避難所と、夕方に1箇所26名の避難所を周ったのですが、お昼ごろは、学校や仕事などに出かけられている方を除くと、50名ほどの方がおられ、その方々に炊き出しとまた同時に希望される方にマッサージなどを行いました。

 

夕方から行った避難所では、炊き出しの準備していると、避難所の半分の子供たちや中学生がみな帰ってきたので、湘南の吉田姉が子供用の紙芝居などをしたり、新村先生や、町田の兄弟方他、手の空いている皆で一緒に子供たちと遊んだり、また瀬谷の雄人兄がギターを弾きながら、歌や賛美を歌ったりといった時をもてました。ここでは、事前にアニメのビデオや絵本、おもちゃなどがリクエストされていたので、それらも一緒に遊んだり、ゲームの賞品にしたりしながら、差し上げることができました。食事のメニューはお昼と一緒で、さらに食後、最後のプレゼントとして、クッキーや扇子、町田の吉永先生たちに買ってきて頂いた“たいせつな君へ”というDVD、また雄人兄と、川井先生より、ギターと共に歌のプレゼントを差し上げ、良い時をもつことが出来ました。

(後編に続く)

 

May 23rd – 26th Otsuchi cho – Part 1: Soup Kitchen of Udon Noodle

We did soup kitchen and volunteer works in Otsuchi cho this time.

   The members were as follows: pastor Yutaka Yoshinaga and 3 other people from Machida (pastor Shigemoto among the three came from Kobe to join us), pastor Niimura and his wife from Oyama, pastor Tomoko Kikuchi (for the second time) from Utsunomiya, pastor Ito, his wife, and sister Yoshida from Shonan, pastor Katsutaro Kawai who is a missionary to Romania and came from Kyushu to join us as a guest, pastor Mitsui from Tsuoka, brother Yuto Tomiyasu from Seya, and pastor Nozomu Koishi from Chiba. We, 14 people as a total could go there together. (It seems that this number of people is the largest to be able to stay in the base.)

   The soup kitchen for this time prepared pork and vegetable soup, handmade udon noodles, and fruits. The handmade udon noodles were made like real with the leading of pastor Kawai who was originally from Kagawa. (Kagawa is famous for handmade udon noodles.) On the day we arrived (the previous day of the day we did soup kitchen), at the base, first we kneaded flour, made it into a ball, put it into a plastic bag, and stepped on it. We repeated it 5 times for each ball. The next day, some of us stretched them and made them into noodles while others cooked pork and vegetable soup. Although it was the very first time to make handmade udon noodles for every one of us except for pastor Kawai, since he taught us how to make it, we became better and better at making it. So, it was successful.

 

This time, when pastor Kawai came to Japan from Romania, the churches in Romania gave offering to him because they wanted to do something for Japan with earthquake disaster. So, he bought some tools for making udon noodles this time with the part of offering. Moreover, he is going to come to Japan for volunteer works with his team from Romania next time. We are very thankful.

 

   Also, pastor Mitsui and pastor Nobuko Ito started preparing pork and vegetable soup on the previous day. The people there were very pleased with the udon noodles, the soup, and the tea and fruits which were prepared by pastor Yoshinaga and others from Machida. Also, when I asked them if they needed anything beforehand, they requested folding fans because it started getting warmer. So, we were able to give them folding fans which the people from the church in Chiba packed with bookmarks with the bible verses and candies that were given by Sister Reiko Shinkawa who was also from Chiba for the disaster victims. Also, in the church in Tsuoka, pastor Mitsui and others packed cookies in the previous week and brought them. So, we could give them also, and they were very happy. After that, we spent some time for stretching which was good for stiff shoulders with the people there. When we were leaving, they came to the entrance to see us off, and we were truly grateful.

 

   On that day, we visited a shelter with 92 refugees around noon and another shelter with 26 refugees in the evening. We did soup kitchen for lunch for about 50 people and did massage for whoever wanted. The rest of the people were out for schools and jobs.

 

   At the shelter where we went in that evening, the children and junior high school students which is half of all the refugees there came back while we were preparing dinner. So, sister Yoshida from Shonan did children’s picture-story shows, pastor Niimura, brothers from Machida, and others who were available played together with children, and brother Yuto from Seya sang songs and praise & worship songs playing the guitar. People there had already requested cartoon videos and books, toys, and etc. So, we could play games and gave them as a prize. The dinner menu was same as lunch. After dinner, we gave them cookies, fans, and the DVD called “To the Dearest (You)”, and brother Yuto and pastor Kawai played the guitar and sang for them as final presents. We had a good time there.