From the Earthquake Zone

Just a quick note to let everyone know we’re okay. It is definitely the strongest earthquake we have felt in our 40 or so years here, but we’re pretty far from the center of things. Mary Esther has motion-sickness from the constant aftershocks (3 hours) in our sixth floor apartment. Some are pretty strong.  Plenty of stuff fell over, but most of it was in boxes as we are packing to move, so we had very little real damage.

People at the ViBi office are still waiting for the trains to start running so they can go home. Matsumoto is okay–he was in Yamagata closer to the center but farther from the ocean. Still haven’t heard anything about Hori or his family in Sendai. He lives quite far from the ocean, but the quake could have been a problem to his somewhat old apartment building.

Mary Esther was coming home and had been off the train for six minutes when it hit. She was walking from the train station and had to hold on to a bush to stay on her feet. I was riding it out on the sixth floor, crouched between a shelf and a sturdy table, talking on the phone finishing up getting our new internet connection registered for our new apartment, listening to things falling around the apartment. (Turns out it was good I stayed on the line–people who tried to dial out afterward weren’t able to call.)

One of the pictures I saw–a wave of debris sweeping through fields, with cars, houses, and even floating rings of fire in its path, had “Sendai” on the inset map. That means these are places I probably have been. Pray for the people who were in its path. (We left there yesterday, and were actually thinking of leaving there today instead. Of course we’re thankful for God’s protection, but not a very happy kind of thanks when we see what happened to people there.)


About Mark and Mary Esther Penner

Mark works as an adviser and resource to a Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project that plays a key role in the worldwide sign language Bible translation movement. Mary Esther founded a non-profit organization that partners with local communities and organizations to collect, refurbish and send wheelchairs throughout Asia.
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2 Responses to From the Earthquake Zone

  1. Darline Metsker says:

    How happy I was to read your news that you are safe. Was in prayer for you when I decided to turn on the machine for email. And then I read your message. I sent out your blog address to the church prayer chain. Many people are in prayer for you and the people of Japan in this time of tragedy. May many turn to the Lord. Darline

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