A ministry escapes damage from natural disasters in Japan.

By October 27, 2004

Japan (MNN)–Japan has had a bad year.

More than 100 people have died in natural disasters in the past week. The country is reeling from a record 10 typhoons hitting them this year.

The natural disasters are likely to hurt the world’s second largest economy just as it is showing signs of vulnerability.

That vulnerability can also be translated into the despair that has been gripping the nation, with skyrocketing suicide rates, and a crumbling of the traditions held closely by generations.

It is here that the hope of Christ holds sway, attractive for its stability in a time of extreme change for the Japanese people.

Evangelical Baptist Mission has been involved with several ministries over the years. Among them a Christian camp, and church planting outreaches.

Evangelical Baptist Mission’s Phil Melton says their ministries escaped the worst from the recent trouble. “As far as specifically, the damage from the typhoon, the flooding is concerned, pray for the recovery of those who are in our church membership who have suffered from flooding and financial difficulties.”

Melton says in spite of the successive hits the country has experienced, their three sister churches and a Christian camp ministry continue to run. As far as future plans, he says, “We have plans for establishing sister churches in the area, and the best prayer for us would be that we would be able to minister within the context of the culture, to reach people with the message of the Gospel, establish context with those relationships.”

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