Giving to Japan: Please consider my friends the Millards

Do you wonder how to give responsibly and directly to the Japanese relief effort in the wake of the March 10, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster?

I remember after Katrina, Haiti, and other colossal calamities, there was much waste and fraud, and little accountability concerning the donations that were made.

So, I want to introduce you to friends of mine who have been serving as Christian missionaries in Japan for over 20 years.

Jim & Masako Millard of Sunrise International Ministries

They were sent out as missionaries from my home church in Eugene. Jim grew up in the Eugene area and met his future Japanese wife, Masako, while attending the University of Oregon. The rest is history, as they say.

My husband and I have been supporting them for at least a decade, and know without a doubt that monies given directly to their ministry is literally saving people as I write, as their family is busy with buying food and supplies in Tokyo and trucking them into Sendai province.

Sunrise International Ministries is a nonprofit Christian mission organization founded by Jim & Masako Millard. Jim and Masako have been serving in Japan for more than twenty years. Their sons Joey, Noah, and Davy, along with Joey’s wife, Ai, and Davy’s wife Yumiko, all work with them in Japan as missionary interns.

This website allows you to make debit or credit card donations on a one-time or recurring basis to Sunrise. These donations are tax-deductible and a tax receipt will be issued each January for the preceding year’s contributions. [info from the Sunrise website]

I’ve been receiving the Millards’ monthly newsletter for many years, and can attest to the incredible passion and often crippling perseverance this family has lived out on behalf of the Japanese people whom they love with all their hearts. I find it compelling that all of their children are serving the Lord, and with the exception of their daughter Anna who is currently attending the University of Oregon, their grown kids are also working as missionaries in Japan.

If you have the resources to give financially to Japanese relief or missions, please consider donating to Sunrise International Ministries for relief work in Sendai province. I truly believe they have been placed there for such a time as this. And please continue to pray for Japan!

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4 Responses to Giving to Japan: Please consider my friends the Millards

  1. e-Mom says:

    A beautiful post, Jennifer. Those of us living on the west coast have many ties to Japan, it seems.

    We hosted Japanese students for several years when our kids were small, and my Mom did the same when I was growing up. We love the Japanese people, and we are suffering with them right now. We’ve been giving to the relief efforts of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. I have also donated some of my Swagbucks to their relief fund. So happy to know your missionary friends are safe and sharing the love of Jesus to all those they touch. ღ

  2. Jen says:

    e-Mom, do you know the whereabouts of any of your former Japanese students? I have cousins living in Japan, but they live on Hokkaido, the northernmost island, and are okay. I’m now following the news on Fukushima and can’t imagine the intense anxiety everyone near there must feel.

  3. Jody Arnold says:

    Do you know about the blog that the Millard boys and others in their house church network have started about their relief efforts? It’s got wonderful stories and photos.

  4. Jen says:

    Jody, thank you SO MUCH for that link! I didn’t know about the new blog, and I just looked at it and it’s wonderful! So amazing, inspiring, and faith-building how God is providing and working through them.

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