In the midst of all that is going on, Miho decided to hold the Language Cafe yesterday, though most people could not make it. A few came, however. We have noticed that many people in this area do not seem to be expressing how they are feeling, as they look as though nothing is affecting them. However, we know this is not the case, as people are grieving and fearful. Miho took the time in the Cafe to talk about how they were all doing. One lady commented, “It is very encouraging to be in a community where we can share these things.” Miho read Psalm 46 with them, and allowed them to translate it. Miho also prayed with them. Then, they sang “Still” by Hillsong, which is based on this Psalm. Afterwards, Miho was able to give a bag of rice to a lady who came, since she knew that their family had tried to buy some but the stores were sold out. Luckily, we were able to stock up on some things, though many items are difficult to find still in our area. (ex. Milk, bread, rice, dried noodles, diapers, baby items, gas, etc.) We hope that this was encouraging to them and our act of generosity will speak loudly of God’s love for them.
Here are the lyrics to “Still:”
Hide me now
Under your wings
within your mighty hand
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God
Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know his power
In quietness and trust
Last night we experienced another earthquake in the general region, actually close to Mount Fuji. It was a 6.2 magnitude with the seismic intensity of 6+ there, but only about 4 here. Still, it was frightening. The storage closet with heavy things is directly above our bed, which made Miho nervous to sleep there since an earthquake could result in it caving in on us. Allie has not been sleeping well and needs to be held, which has been challenging for both of us as we typically put her down for a nap at least 2-3 times a day. Miho and Allie ended sleeping on the couch, with Grant on the floor with a futon. Grant’s language school was canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, but it is unsure how comfortable we are to start back up tomorrow.