September 03, 2011

Japan: God’s Perfect Timing

Nancy Nethercott, a TEAM missionary working with worship renewal in Japan, reflected briefly on the story of Esther as she discussed the tragedy. She quoted the portion of scripture from Esther 4:14, “for such a time as this,” referring to the way that the Lord already equipped so many people to be ready to respond to the earthquake disaster.

  • A Gift of Food

    Nancy Nethercott was able to prepare meals for volunteers thanks to gifts of food she received just before the disaster struck.

  • Caring for Volunteers

    CRASH made sure to take care of their volunteers by providing meals, rest, support, and training.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster on March 11, 2011, a permanent road to recovery was formed with the help of caring organizations and passionate young Japanese leaders. Part Four of our story details how God provided one TEAM missionary with exactly what was needed just at the moment it was needed.

Nancy Nethercott, a TEAM missionary working with worship renewal in Japan, reflected briefly on the story of Esther as she discussed the tragedy. She quoted the portion of scripture from Esther 4:14, “for such a time as this,” referring to the way that the Lord already equipped so many people to be ready to respond to the earthquake disaster.

The day before the quake, Nancy met with a friend who often provides groceries for the Nethercotts, as they frequently host guests and provide hospitality for groups. She received a car-full of groceries, took them home, and packed them into her refrigerator, pantry, and freezer. With all of those groceries stored, Nancy was excited that this was going to provide for a long time.

The morning of the earthquake, Nancy received food from another friend who was leaving the country. Looking at her pantry that was overflow­ing with food, Nancy recalls thinking, “Lord, why do I have so much food? What am I going to do with all this food?”

God provided a clear answer later that af­ternoon when the earth shook. Restaurants and gro­cery stores closed, and food became an important commodity. Nancy got a call from CRASH director Jonathan Wilson asking her to prepare a meal for those gathering at the first meeting of volunteers on Sunday, March 13, 2011, just two days after the disaster. With the food that she received, Nancy prepared meals for 65 people and then con­tinued to cook for volunteers for the next two weeks. She used all of the food that God had provided for the next month, helping those who were helping others.

-Written by Robert Johnson
-Photography by Robert Johnson

[Originally published in TEAMHorizons, Septermber 2011]

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