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Church group tries to help Japan recover

October 31, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

Four members of Evangel Baptist Church are doing their part, in the midst of hurricane Sandy, to help survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The group is planning a trip to Ishinomaki, Japan, one of the cities hardest hit by tsunami waves. Video footage showing cars and boats being tossed around as though they were toys and watching the waves surround their airport will be forever etched in people's minds. A passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard was never unaccounted for and, today, most of the homes along the northeast coast have not been rebuilt.

The group will fly to Tokyo where they'll meet up with others responsible for coordinating this rebuilding effort. Next, they will drive up to Ishinomaki where they'll spend two weeks with the Japanese people, rebuilding their homes so that they can get back to a normal way of life before winter comes. This is a tall task, especially when you consider that this community lost 70 percent of its physical structure. As their trip theme states, "God's Love Builds" and they are seeking help from the community to help fund the trip.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made out to Evangel Baptist Church with "Japan Trip" written in the memo area and mailed or delivered to 5248 Southern Blvd., Boardman, OH 44512. The team also asks for prayer support and invites the community to join them each day by following their blog at

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From left, Erick Donnachie, George Basista, Ron Rooks and Tim Nelson have been meeting to prepare for their upcoming trip to Japan where they will help rebuild homes damaged by the March 2011 tsunami.

To help with fundraising, the church is also holding a raffle for a homemade quilt, sewn by member Cheryl Buoni. The drawing will be held Nov. 7 and those interested can call the church office at 330-782-1151 for details or to view the quilt.



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