NATIONAL FEDERATION OF ASIAN AMERICAN UNITED METHODISTS
Donald Hayashi, President 1133 Woodland Meadows Drive, Vandalia, Ohio 453777
Phones: Office (937) 263-3556 Home (937-890-2729
NEWS RELEASE For immediate Release
March 11, 2011
The National Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM), representing ten Asian American ethnic groups in The United Methodist Church, requests prayers and expressions of love and concern for all persons affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan today. It is the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began almost 150 years ago. It is a tragedy of gigantic proportions, and Asian Americans are in prayer for the safety of the millions of persons who are affected by this natural disaster.
“We ask all United Methodists to join with us in prayer for the millions who are affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunami. We recognize that this disaster affects not only Japan, but all countries of the Pacific Rim. We also are praying for the safety of emergency crews who are searching for survivors and giving comfort to the victims.
“It is our hope that all United Methodist churches during their weekly worship services will be in prayer for all who are affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Further, we await word from UMCOR for additional ways in which we can respond. It is through events like this that we can be the people of faith and reach out in love to all.”
-- Mr. Donald Hayashi, President, National Federation of Asian American United Methodists.
The Japanese American National Caucus, which is part of NFAAUM, has issued this statement:
“We are shocked with the enormous proportions of the disaster of earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families for the loss of loved ones and damage caused by this tragedy. We stand united in our concerns, prayers and support as many of our constituents and churches are related with families and friends in Japan.”
-- Rev. George Nishikawa, Chair, Japanese American National Caucus
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UMCOR is connecting with its partners to assess the damage resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Please give to Pacific Emergency, Advance #3021317.