There are 53 churches and 8 mission stations in Sendai Diocese. Serious damage to Furukawa church in Miyagi Prefecture and Sukagawa and Yumoto churches in Fukushima Prefecture has rendered them unusable. Otherwise, damage to diocesan buildings was described as “minimal.”
Despite the chaos, parishioners of Kita Sendai have been busy since March 12, the day after the deadly quake and tsunami, delivering food aid to victims.
According to Hiroko Haga, one of the parishioners, persistent distribution difficulties in the city have meant that “people must stand in line for three hours to buy a slice of bread,” so the church reaches out not only to the homeless but also to the elderly and to nursing mothers for whom the endless lines would be too arduous.
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