It’s been almost a week since the massive earthquake affected Japan, followed by the tsunami and aftershocks. Donations and other assistance are as needed as ever. One major project going on is Anime and Manga Bloggers for Japan, which is providing funds to ShelterBox and Doctors Without Borders. Anime News Network has a list of other charitable activities that animanga-related individuals, sites, and organizations are running.
For Christians readers out there, you might be interested in Christian organizations that are providing relief. First and foremost, I’d like to suggest giving to CRASH Japan. The mission of this organization is to provide disaster relief; as such, they are prepared for an event like this and were able to go into action right away. Yuki-Anne, a missionary in Japan associated with this blog, is volunteering through this organization. CRASH Japan is also looking for volunteers who can assist.
Here are other Christian organizations helping the Japanese people (most provided by Christianity Today):
- Samaritan’s Purse: This wonderful organization has long focused on providing needed goods, medical supplies, training, and other items to the needy. From their site: “The team in Sendai is determining areas of need, setting up a distribution network, and getting the much-needed supplies into the hands of local families as quickly as possible.”
- World Vision: Known for their Sponsor-a-Child program, they do so much more great work and are another organization I regularly give to.
- Asian Access: The goal of this organization is to multiply church growth throughout Asia. They are aiding in this disaster by working through their network of churches.
- World Relief: Another well-known organization, World Relief is apparently not physically present in Japan, but is partnering with the Japan Evangelical Alliance, which is associated with CRASH Japan.
- World Concern: This wonderful humanitarian organization is working with partnering Christian organizations.
- Saddleback Church PEACE RELIEF: This ministry of Saddleback Church (pastored by Rick Warren) is also contributing to the relief effort.
- Redeemer City to City: Another organization focused on church-planting, this organization has provided information about individuals and churches on ground level and ways to donate.
Again, I want to emphasize, GIVE. Help the suffering, homeless, needy, and lost.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.