Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on March 11, 2011. The magnitude 9.0 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the small island nation, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake. Thousands of people are dead and many more are still missing or injured. Almost half a million peopl ehave been left homeless.

In addition, the country is facing a nuclear crisis from damage to several power reactors. Not since Three Mile Island has there been a more serious threat of reactor meltdown.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with the United Church of Christ in Japan and other partners to bring relief to communities in Japan.

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Filipino bishops worship with their colleagues during the United Methodist Council of Bishops November meeting on St. Simons Island, Ga. The Filipino bishops urged United Methodists in the Philippines to continue in holy conversation and prayer leading up to the 2019 General Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Filipino bishops call for unity

In a pastoral letter, the bishops urged United Methodists in the Philippines to continue in holy conversation and prayer leading up to the 2019 General Conference.
Faith Sharing
A gathering at the Asia Upper Room held in Seoul, South Korea, celebrated the 80th anniversary of the ministry and provided training for today’s devotional editors. Photo by Thomas Kim, UMNS.

Upper Room celebrates 80 years in Asia

Asia Upper Room gathering held in Korea celebrates anniversary and provides training for today’s devotional editors.
Disaster Relief
Sunday School and Bible study rooms of the United Methodist Church building in San Esteban, Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines following Typhoon Mangkhut. Photo courtesy of Mildred Abella

Picking up pieces after Philippines super typhoon

United Methodists prepare to help others after Mangkhut cuts a path of destruction across the northern end of the island of Luzon.

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