From the Periphery of the Earthquake Zone

Another “just a quick note,” this time  to let you know that the movers come in an hour, and internet/phone will not be hooked up until March 18 at our new place. SO . . . if you don’t hear from us for a while, its not (probably 🙂  )that anything has happened to us. Also, my e-mail program, which I also use as a sort of “to-do” list, has totally crashed, and I can’t get to my extensive e-mail “filing system”. So if you sent me a work item on e-mail and it doesn’t get done (or you’re afraid it might not), maybe send me another post. When I get it, I will be reminded.

Life is still a bit crazy here. We lived in Sendai for seven years, and many places we know well are affected deeply by the quake and tsunami. Pray especially for Pastor Hori and his family. No one I know has heard from them yet.

Here in Chiba we are glad to have water and electricity. In our new place we will have gas as well  (hot bath tonight!) .  We’ve had no trouble finding some stores with food.  Many of our friends are not so fortunate.  Some cook on campfires and stand in line for 4 hours for 2 liters of water per person.  Some are melting snow for drinking water.

We hear conflicting reports about the nuclear plants.  We carry a flashlight in our pockets as black outs are predicted.  We avoid the elevator.  Our next apartment will be on the 3rd floor (6th floor here), so that will be easier too.

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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 Periphery of the Earthquake Zone

  1. Lois Broughton says:

    My dear friends…
    There are no adequate words to put into any kind of comment, except to express great relief to know that you are safe. The scenes I’ve been watching are unbelievable and hard to fathom, unreal, really. Knowing that you left Sendai one day before the quake is proof again of our Father’s minute care for His sparrows, amazing… I’m so thankful.
    I know that I’m not the only one wondering and concerned about your welfare and that you’ll be dealing with your own tsunami of correspondence. So just know that I am elated to find news from you here and happy to keep up with you as you are able to post updates.
    Warm Brazilian hugs and Eph.6:18 prayers for you,
    Lois

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