"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
|Translation: Public Welfare and Christianity|
|Sumiyoshi's holistic vision for Fukushima (version: 2014)|
|Sumiyoshi's ever deepening vision for restoration of Fukushima (version: 2015)|
After Rev. Sumiyoshi finished sharing his new plan for land restoration and community building, he asked Ken for feedback because he heard Ken was a horticulturalist.
Ken is a fluent Japanese speaker with much experience in agriculture both in Japan and Canada. He shared his insights on what ordinary people can do to restore the land by changing everyday lifestyle to live a more ecologically conscious lifestyle and what people in Fukushima might be able to do. He spoke from his experience of working in community gardens and working with grassroots organizations, not as an ivory tower expert.
|Ken explaining how to restore topsoil with green manure.|
|Shihoko, Ken and Sumiyoshi|
They were all awestruck to discover how similar their visions for holistic discipleship and missions in their local communities were, whether it is Fukushima or Vancouver.