Saturday, March 12, 2011

All Safe

I have felt so bad since I heard about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I felt especially bad for the families waiting for word about their missionaries and whether they were safe or not. There were updates all day long yesterday on our local news about how the Church was trying to get in contact with the missionaries who were in closest proximity to the earthquake and tsunamis. I prayed for them and I prayed for their families.

I also kept thinking about my most recent post about my almost having been killed by that train when I was a missionary. I told myself that God knew where those missionaries were and if it were not their time to die, they would be protected. I wonder how many missionaries around the world experience that divine protection on a daily basis.

This was posted on the Church’s website this morning:
"Church leaders confirmed this morning that all missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Japan are safe and accounted for. The Church had been working diligently to make contact with missionaries in Sendai despite difficulty with communication systems and traveling in and around the city. Families and friends of the missionaries in the Sendai area had been anxiously awaiting word that their loved ones were safe. The Church released a statement yesterday saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan following the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami."

The Church is assessing the needs of its members and others in the communities impacted by the earthquake. Hundreds of individuals have been confirmed dead and tens of thousands have been displaced. Hundreds of homes and buildings have been destroyed and strong aftershocks continue to shake the area. The 8.9 magnitude quake was the strongest quake on record in Japan."

I am relieved that the missionaries are safe. We all love the missionaries no matter if we know them or not. I suspect that now they turn their time to service in helping those around them. My heart continues to go out to all the rest of the people in Japan so affected by this devastation.

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