Wednesday, July 24
In Japan, rather than asking, “How many loaves have you?” we might wonder how many rice balls are available. When Yodogawa Christian Hospital was first opened in a disadvantaged district of postwar Osaka in 1955, questions about rice would have been relevant, as the people there needed support in various ways. Women of the Presbyterian Church in the United States helped answer this need through generous giving to hospital funding. Since then the local community has come together to support their hospital, which is widely known and sought out for its services in “whole-person healing—body, mind, and spirit.”
Starting in July 2012, a new and larger hospital building will be serving the community, with an emphasis on “teamwork, innovation, and love,” particularly in maternity care and intensive care for infants, in emergency medical services, and in terminal care, including hospice services.
Superintendent Masaaki Mukubo, M.D., has described this new building as “a hospital of healing centered around the chapel.” Progress has also been made here toward the opening of the first children’s hospice in Japan. “The new hospital project has been a big challenge,” Dr. Mukubo noted, “but we have proceeded by faith in God, who will carry it to completion.”
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan): Dr. Barbara Easton, professor of English, Kwassui Women’s University, Nagasaki
Kinjo Gakuin University: Emiko Taborn, team ministry and Sanford Taborn, English professor
Rev. Thomas Goetz, professor of English, Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo
Reformed Church of Christ in Japan: Ann Moore, team ministry and Rev. William Moore, new church development
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Marianne Loughran, BOP
Lisa Love, FDN
Let us pray
Healing God, thank you for giving us health and strength to serve you. Thank you especially for all who work to help others in times of crisis or weakness. We ask for spiritual wholeness for all associated with Christian medical institutions so that we may rejoice together in sharing your love through Jesus Christ. Amen.