The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years has devastated parts of the country and caused tsunami warnings for at least 50 countries, including several West Coast states, according to CNN. The earthquake was the fifth most powerful to hit the world in the past century.
The 8.9-magnitude quake struck Japan at 2:46 local time this morning. It left thousands homeless and early reports of around 500 deaths. There were several strong aftershocks. In Tokyo, there was widespread panic. An oil refinery near the city was on fire, with dozens of storage tanks under threat. Around 4.4 million homes were without power in northern Japan, media in Japan reported.
Just as Open Doors supports and strengthens millions of persecuted believers around the world, we need to reach out in love to thousands whose lives have been shattered through the loss of loved ones, homes and jobs.
Please join Open Doors USA in praying for those who are homeless and hopeless….many of them have lost every earthly possession. Pray that caregivers, relief workers, pastors and many dedicated volunteers will give them the hope to keep pressing on….in the name of our Lord.
We also need to support the churches in and near the earthquake area. Stand with them as they minister to the victims.
Dr. Carl Moeller, Open Doors USA President/CEO, says: “This passage comes to mind during this terrible tragedy: ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ (Psalm 34:18) Just as Open Doors ministers to those suffering for their faith around the world, there will be Christian agencies helping those affected by this terrible earthquake. Pray for the victims, their families and those organizations helping with relief projects.”
An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world’s most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.
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