Fourteen stories and studies from the Japan 311 Triple Tragedy

Suitable for Personal Quiet Time, Small Group Study and Missions Education
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When missionary JV Martin penned the words to “A Light on the Cross” in 1923, Japan had just experienced its darkest day. The Great Tokyo earthquake of September 1st had claimed the lives of over 142,000 people. Countless more had lost their homes and livelihood. In the darkness of the first night, the flickering flames of candles in the hands of survivors seemed to him to form the shape of a cross piercing the blackness around and despair within.

On March 11, 2011, 88 years later, the 9.1 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis “triple tragedy” threw Japan into black despair again. The ensuing energy crisis plunged Japan into a literal darkness that seemed symbolic of the bleak mood of survivors. Yet for those who saw with eyes of faith, the cross shone ever brightly, a beacon of hope in the tragedy around. God always comes and stays with his people in their darkest moments.

Contents (64 pages) include:

  • Bible passage to read
  • Story from the tragedy
  • Personal reflection guide
  • Small group study questions
  • Cultural and historical notes
  • Prayer for Japan
PDF digital version is also available. Details below.

Small Group Leaders guide now available here.

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Many waters cannot
quench love, nor rivers
ever wash it away.

— Song of Solomon 8:7

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A note from Kevin

It is my conviction that nothing is wasted by God. He often speaks around the edges of hardship to reveal himself, give spiritual perspective, and move us forward toward new hope. This book represents just a bit of how, in the course of processing the 311 tragedy, God gave me new glimpses into the gospel message and the Christian life that empowered me during relief work.

My hope for this resource is that it will be of encouragement to you in your own spiritual formation, that it will help you understand
more of the context and need for mission work in Japan post-311, and that it will lead you to remember the Japanese people in prayer at this critical time in the nation’s history. Now is the time to be re-energized in a mission vision for Japan! The harvest fields are truly ripe. Pray for harvest workers.

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