The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

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Original Posting From: Tim Mathiesen
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left hundreds of thousands homeless while the death toll continues to rise into the thousands. We as God's Church have many opportunities to support those who are suffering in Japan. This tragedy reminds us of how small and vulnerable we are as human beings. More importantly, while many have lost homes and are without food, even more people in Japan are without the Gospel. Japan is a nation where less than 2% are Christian. Our missionaries first and foremost ask for your prayers as they reach out spiritually and physically to their neighbors. Below is information that will help you stay in touch with what is going on in Japan through Lutheran Brethren missionaries and the local Japan Lutheran Brethren Church.

latest update:

From Missionaries Dean and Linda Bengtson: "Our electricity just came back on! Wonderful for rescue operations that parts of the city have electric. We're being asked to conserve / use sparingly. No phone service, so can only use internet via our iPhone. It's sunny and warm (18 C), which is wonderful for rescue operations, too! So much devastation..."

how to give:

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren has set up a relief fund. You can mail in your donation or give through our online giving program. 
Click on the link below and look for the line titled "Japan Tsunami Relief."
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Or mail your donation to (indicate that it is for "Japan Tsunami Relief"):
Church of the Lutheran Brethren
PO Box 655
Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0655


We have created several images for you to use in the PowerPoint presentation at your church's worship service. We have heard from some churches who have used these images to create posters and prayer cards. Click on the image below to visit the CLB Network where you will find these images. We will continue to add more resources as they become available.

our missionaries:

Dean and LindaDean and Linda
Joshua, Christopher
Dean and Linda are cooperating with Sendai area congregations in the planting of a new church in the center of the city of Sendai.  They have been with LBIM since 1989.

Arnie and BonitaArnie and Bonita
Arnie and Bonita are the lead couple in a partnership in a church planting ministry in Takanosu.  They are using friendship evangelism and English classes to reach out into the community in order to meet people and build relationships.  They have been with LBIM since 1978.

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