I knew my task was to bring the voice of Fukushima to the outside world, especially from those who are called by Jesus and for his Kingdom in Fukushima. Going to Fukushima many times for the past three years deepened my understanding about Japan and God's love for Japan.
This summer I encountered a special community of Japanese immigrant church in Vancouver. Soon after the triple disaster in Fukushima they began a new life out of their cries for suffering people and creation in Fukushima. They began to seek wisdom on how to live not simply as Japanese descendants, but as children of God, though far away from Fukushima. This outcry for healing of the land and healing of sinful human ways and repentance of overconsumption and neglecting God's good creation led to a totally unexpected new life which brought them closer to creation, right where they are here in Vancouver and Langley, Canada. They started a ministry called New Eden, a volunteer gardening ministry, to live a life of wholistic discipleship especially to care for the creation.
As we sat together for lunch and a time of prayer and reflection on the word of God, I was so overwhelmed by the reality of heaven on earth right in front of my eyes. Twenty some volunteers were gathered in New Eden from many different countries: Canada, USA, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Thailand. All of us came to Vancouver as strangers some time in the past and only the children were born in Vancouver!
I was privileged to share the stories from Fukushima with the volunteers over lunch break and discovered one of the volunteers among us was a tsunami survivor from Thailand back in 2004. Orathai worked as a medical doctor in Thailand and was working in the south at the time of disaster. We shared tears and smiles together as we shared the stories from the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.