11:15 a.m.; Tuesday, March 15, 2011
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – This morning at around 3 a.m. our time, I received David’s last email before he lost signal. He said that he and Don were speeding north on a deserted expressway headed to Sendai in a van packed full of high-protein food items and bottled water.
He said that they had been able to secure an “All Areas Police Access” decal for the windshield, which enabled them to get through roadblocks. The only vehicles on the road were military and police.
David said that it would be dark by the time they reached Sendai, so they would hunker down in the van until daybreak and then do a distribution at one of the shelters.
Just now, at 11 a.m., I received a garbled message from David saying that he had arrived in Sendai in the dark (it’s midnight there) and that it is snowing hard.
It’s difficult to imagine the anguish and suffering the people of that region are going through. So many of them had family members torn away by the sea or crushed to death, as well as their homes and earthly possessions destroyed. On top of that, they are now jammed into smelly shelters with very little food or water, no place to take a shower, and now… it’s snowing hard outside.
Please join me in continuing to pray for the safety of our team members and for the countless families and victims struggling to recover.