A Nation in Need
YC Connections to Sendai, Japan
In 2005, the 40 members of the York College Concert Choir toured the nation of Japan singing and reaching out to communities from Sendai, and all across the country. This trip was the dream of Jonathan Straker (2000), Joel Osborne (2000), Crimsen Ruhnke (2000), and Ben Berry (2001) who had all sung in the choir at YC and upon graduation went as a team to Sendai, Japan, as missionaries. The team planned every detail of the 17 day tour, including housing, food, laundry, concert venues and mission activities. I had an opportunity to join my husband, Dr. Clark Roush on that trip and it not only changed my life, but the lives of all the students. We went there to serve and to help, but as often happens in mission work, we were the ones who were served and helped.
The Summer 2005 issue of the Heritage Magazine quoted Ben Berry as saying, “It was early morning and one of the choir member started a devotional song. I distinctly remember feeling God’s light at that moment, and thinking that this bus is a bus of light blazing through the darkness. The students were to find out later just how deep the darkness dwells in this country. But as they prayed, and served, and sang in the power of the Holy Spirit, and as they sang of God’s goodness among the peoples, the Light pierced the darkness.”
Following last week’s earthquake and tsunami, this country is in need! Jonathan and his wife, Michiko, started the facebook group “Working and Praying for Japan Earthquake Victims.” This page now has over 1,100 members and is growing. It contains firsthand accounts of needs and experiences from Japanese church members. Please join this group to see how you can help right away.
North Americans who want to give directly to churches may route funds through two congregations, which will forward the funds to the Mito Church of Christ in Japan.
Park Avenue Church of Christ
Bramalea Church of Christ