Christian organizations are providing disaster relief needs and on-going response after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan March 11. Below is a list of some of those Christian organizations that individuals can send donations to assist in relief operations.
The FBI is reminding Internet users who receive appeals for money to beware of scams, including phony organizations.
The agency suggests:
• Not responding to unsolicited e-mails, including clicking links contained within messages.
• Being skeptical of people representing themselves as surviving victims.
• Being cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because they may contain viruses.
• Not giving personal or financial information to solicitors to avoid identity theft.
• Contacting www.ic3.gov to report suspected fraud.
Baptist Global Response
Based on the disaster assessment conducted by BGR, the initial relief effort will focus on life-essential items: basic food items, water, blankets, hygiene supplies and kitchen utensils.
BGR Japan relief effort
Christian and Missionary Alliance is partnering with
CRASH Christian, Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope
CRASH is an organization already on the ground with a large network of experienced volunteers who know the culture and language. On Monday, March 14, CRASH sent four survey teams to the Tohoku region by train, car, and motorcycle to assess the damage, find staging grounds, and make contact with the local communities to prioritize needs. Additional teams will be sent out later this week. The effectiveness of CRASH includes linking closely with local churches in Japan.
CAMA Japan relief effort
ECLA Disaster Response
ELCA is working with the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) to assess the situation and how to respond.
ECLA Japan relief effort
Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry is responding in collaboration with Japan International Food for the Hungry (JIFH). JIFH staff set up a relief base in Sendai and is mobilizing local churches. Sendai, which has a population of one million people, suffered severe damage resulting from the tsunami. The base will distribute blankets, rice packs, warm underclothes, and hand warmers.
Food for the Hungry Japan relief effort
LCMS World Relief and Human Care
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)
LCMS WR-HC is working cooperatively with LCMS World Mission, the Synod's global Gospel outreach ministry, to assess the needs in Japan and provide relief in timely fashion.
LCMS World Relief Japan relief effort
Mennonite Central Committee
Although MCC does not have staff or programs in Japan, contributions will be forwarded to trusted MCC partners involved in relief and reconstruction efforts in Japan.
MCC Japan relief effort
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
BGEA and Samaritan's Purse are partnering with churches in Japan to bring relief to hurting people.
Samaritan's Purse Japan relief effort
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World Help is closely assessing how to effectively bring help to those who need it with their partners on the ground.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
World Relief stands for individuals and communities suffering in the wake of disaster by initiating Disaster Response programs to begin addressing basic needs. By mobilizing local church leaders to provide team members and locations for food, water, and shelter distributions, World Relief is able to respond effectively and efficiently.
World Vision has worked in Japan for more than two decades. World Vision staff members are in Sendai - near the epicenter of the quake - and are beginning to distribute relief supplies.
World Vision Japan relief effort