April 2011 Report

The Ortiz family who live in Aomori City went to Tokyo to hold a charity event in a club in Roppongi. Help Japan also attended the event. Toys such as coloring crayons, and other things children enjoy were stuffed into bags to be distributed to children affected by the March 11th disaster. It was in Roppongi I first met the OGA representative, Erwin Ortiz, a missionary from Columbia who processes great social skills and graces.

April 8:
We went to the houses of the children who attend Seijo nursery to ask for support. It was encouraging to see people offer assistance among the many who were merely sympathetic.

April 9:
I asked the assistance of Masaya Rider who is a photographer and a musician in creating a video presentation. The previous filming to create a documentary to raise support for the disaster victims did not go well and was unusable. There were further mistakes due to nervousness, but somehow we were able to complete the video. Mr. Rider patiently edited the video clips and the webmaster, James, posted them both in English on Japanese on the Help Japan 2011 web site.

April 14-15:
I visited the Suwa Shrine in Nagano Prefecture to witness the famous Shinto ceremony preformed annually on April 15th. I also attended a an open workshop of the Bible and Japan Forum. There were approximately 50 people in attendance.

April 16:
I continued to hold meetings in Tateshina, Nagano Prefecture. I came from Tokyo to Tateshina to meet there with James Arendt from Niigata and Josh DeSantis from Kobe. We devoted our time on how to best use our individual talents to develop the Help Japan 2011 website.

April 25:
I worked on making a broacher to advertise Help Japan. I went to Chiba to work with Leap High designer Yoshimi Rider.

April 27:
I participated in a PTSD seminar by Dr. Ozawa held at Aoyama Wesleyan Center at 2:00PM.Dr. Ozawa is a third generation Japanese American pastor, a psychiatrist and a psychologist. He explained in easy to understand layman’s terms his knowledge of PTSD. He explained in simple terms what we can do to treat PTSD victims. Representative Josh DeSantis also attended a PTSD seminar in Kobe. As a result, both of us learned how to hold our own PTSD teaching seminars.

April 28:
I attended a separate PTSD seminar held by Western missionaries at the Ochanomizu Christian Center. However, I thought the seminar of the previous day was several times better. It was fortunate for me to attend both seminars because I could compare the information from them to learn how to best apply them for Help Japan 2011.

March 2011 report

March 11:
We went to the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku to prepare the dinner for the National Prayer Committee that was supposed to be held in the evening. While gathering reading materials to distribute to the guest the hotel began to shake and it shook ominously and significantly long. The earthquake was later named the Great East Japan Earthquake. Dinner was canceled and a few of us gathered to fast and pray.

March 12:
At the proposal of Leap High 28 board member Josh de Santis, I decided participate in the earthquake relief efforts. Because I could not set up a base near the disaster area, I decided to support a network of relief workers who could bring relief supplies directly to the affected areas. Moreover, I wanted to help disseminate information about Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD), and how to preform “heart care” treatment on those suffering from PTSD. Besides that, I hoped to raise monetary support for the victims from overseas.

March 12:
Took the first video of the disaster area. We asked our friend and American missionary, James Arendt who lives in Niigata City, to help us create a website in English and Japanese — this one! He has generously and enthusiastically donated his time and efforts. James has also done most of the translations from Japanese to English on this site.

March 13:
Leap High’s scheduled first event at Suginami Hall had to be postponed to a later date.

March 24:
I reserved next years March 11 at Suginami Hall to hold a memorial concert and prayer for those who perished and healing for those who survived the disaster.

March 25:
Went to the market to buy in quantity relief supplies for the people living in the affected areas: Drinking water, rice, noodles, miso, soy sauce, canned, raw curry, retort foods, noodles, tabletop stoves, gas cylinders, and chocolate confectioneries.

March 26:
Amid the confusion in Japan OGA, we sent the first relief supplies to the Ortiz family of OGA for Aid in Aomori City. Did not know anyone in the Northeast, OGA did not know any thing, it shall send the goods to rely on friends of friends. I didn’t know anybody in Tohoku and didn’t know the Ortiz family directly. They are friends of friends and have been extremely active in bringing supplies to the disaster area, and especially to the town of Minami Sanriku which was one of the hardest hit by the tsunami.