The nation’s first faith-based academic disaster research center located at Wheaton College in Illinois, aims to equip Christian churches and organizations to respond to natural catastrophes in the best way possible.
Wheaton College launched the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) just before the start of the fall semester. It is also one of the few disaster or humanitarian centers in the Midwest, according to school officials.
The institute is using its experience in Haiti and a planned trip to tsunami-affected areas in Japan to equip relief organizations. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Seven months after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, about 50 members of a church that was located just a few miles from the destroyed Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant are still looking for a place to call home.
Still leading his dwindled congregation housed in a campsite outside Tokyo, Pastor Akira Sato has authored a book about the story of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church. Prior to the disasters, Sato’s followers were part of a rural four-campus, multisite church having about 200 members.
Rurou no Kyokai (Exodus Church) is currently the best-selling Christian book in Japan. Written in Japanese, Sato and his publishers are in the process of having it translated into several languages, including English. more >>
Two separate earthquakes were reported in Japan and Cuba Thursday, with neither temblor resulting in injuries or immediate damage.
A magnitude 6.2 quake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, shaking buildings in Tokyo. Occurring about 225 kilometers east of Tokyo at a depth of 6.2 miles, the quake was centered off the coast of Ibaraki, according to the nation’s Meteorological Agency. The agency said the earthquake presents no threat of a tsunami.
In a separate event Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey registered a magnitude 6.0 quake off the coast of Cuba. The temblor was centered about 68 miles from the north coast of Jamaica. The earthquake occurred about 25 miles off Cuba’s coast, nearly 38 miles southeast of the capital city Havana. more >>
Japanese reconstruction minister Ryu Matsumoto resigned from his post eight days into the job after offending local earthquake and tsunami victims in the northern region of Japan.
His resignation is a setback to Prime Minister Naoto Kan who is dealing with decreasing approval ratings and is already struggling to pass a bill to fund Japan’s largest reconstruction effort since World War II.
Matsumoto’s resignation came after a TV station aired footage of him acting insensitive to Yoshihiro Murai, the governor of the tsunami devastated region of Miygai. Murai showed up late to a meeting with the reconstruction minister. more >>
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake off of Japan's pacific coast struck at about 21:50 UTC or early Thursday in Japan.
A tsunami warning was quickly issued due to the quake but later canceled about an hour later.
Japanese and U.S. meteorologist agencies detected the earthquake and located the epicenter to be about 330 miles (530 km) north-east of Tokyo. more >>
When things go wrong – such as a loved one dying, a company laying off its workers or a natural disaster destroying everything – the typical response is to ask why. Why did this happen to me? Why did God let this happen? Why didn't God answer my prayers?
After experiencing tragedy in his own life, Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, has made a career out of helping hurting people find the answers.
In his new book, Why? Making Sense of God's Will, Hamilton says that bad things do not happen because it is God's will, or because it is punishment for unacknowledged sin. more >>