By Marife Sugawara
A year ago, our Japanese Center opened up its doors in Sendai. How many friendships have flourished in these 12 months! How deep and far the Lord has already led us into our Japanese ministry!
As a way to thank all those who have been helping and supporting us so far, we offer this testimonial from one of our Filipino friends, Marife, from Rikuzen-Takata, one of the many people who lost their houses in the tsunami:
It’s been one year now since we first met friends from Heart’s Home. Through Fr. Shiota, we were able to meet these friends living in Sendai. Since then, they keep on coming back and visiting us once a month. They were among the only few from many volunteers who had helped us and who kept coming back and supporting us spiritually, mentally and physically.
I asked myself one time,“what is the reason why they keep on coming back?” I think it is because they left their heart here. We, as foreigners living in Tohoku, and victims of this traumatic disaster, were very happy seeing volunteers supporting us wholeheartedly. During this hard time, support from friends from Heart’s Home was a big help. Just seeing their faces and their presence means a lot already. Knowing that they are just around, willing to give us a hand in times of troubles, helps the wounds heal faster.
To all our friends from Heart’s Home, thank you so much and may God bless us all. Happy anniversary and more power to you all!