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Texas Baptists to provide van for Japan Baptists tsunami relief effort

May 18th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

DALLAS – Texas Baptist Disaster Response is providing a van for the Japan Baptist Convention to transport people and supplies in the area affected by the tsunami.

The Texas convention has wired the money to the Japan convention for the van and would like to provide funds for the Japan convention to purchase as many as five addition vans they need for their relief efforts. The Japanese Baptist Church in North Texas in Dallas also has raised enough money to pay for a van for the Japan Baptist Convention.

“Unlike most churches and individuals in the U.S., many Japanese do not own personal or church vehicles,” said Chris Liebrum, who leads Texas Baptist Disaster Response. “Most people use the advanced mass transit systems. However current conditions require that the Japan Baptist Convention have the ability to not only be more flexible with their transportation but to have vehicles that they can use to haul supplies such as food and cooking equipment to the areas around Sendai. Japanese leaders also need these type of vehicles to transport relief workers both from their country and others who will come to Japan to help with the relief.”

To give funds to provide vans in Japan, visit www.texasbaptists.org/give. Money that is given to the Texas Baptist Disaster Relief offering will go to purchase these vehicles.  If additional money is given they will be used for other disaster response needs.

The decision to purchase the van is the latest effort in Texas Baptists’ work with the Japan Baptist Convention following the tsunami. The Texas convention already has wired $25,000 to Japanese Baptists, sent an assessment team to Japan and soon will be sending Yutaka Takarada, pastor of Japanese Baptist Church of North Texas, back to Japan to dialogue with Japanese Baptists about relief efforts.

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