Ishinomaki, Japan

I remember when we were young, one of the games we used to play was to give a meaning to each letter of a country’s name.  Say for example, I.T.AL.Y. meant I Trust And Love You, H.O.L.L.A.N.D. meant Hope Our Love Lasts And Never Dies, and L.I.B.Y.A. meant Love is Beautiful, You Also.  I know these sound crazy but nothing beats J.A.P.A.N. as they now face a crisis – Just Always Pray At Night.  Japan needs more than a prayer from each of us at night.  We need to pray as much as we can, not only for those affected but for everyone else in the world.

It kinda feels like we live in our own bubble — seeing Facebook statuses of people living the good life despite of what’s happening across the world.  I know the difference between positive thinking and just plain being apathetic of what’s happening in Japan.  Just an hour ago, an aftershock with a magnitude of 6.1 hit Japan again.  Also, there was a third explosion in the nuclear plant in Fukushima.  Now, 4 out of 6 of the reactors are already in critical condition.  You can view the before and after satellite photos of areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami here.

If a complete and utter nuclear fall-out happens, it won’t just be the Japanese people who will be affected, the Asian countries surrounding it and the countries across the Pacific will be affected as well.  When it rains, the wind shifts, the clouds go where they want, who knows how much radiation is really out there?

So please, please say lots of prayer for Japan — that no more strong earthquakes will hit and that the damages to the nuclear plant will be under control.

In this trying times, I laud the Japanese people for their quiet strength and indomitable spirit.  I am so amazed that despite the crisis, they all remain humane.  No lootings are reported and people share what they have to those who have none.  Even food lines in the evacuation center and supermarkets are orderly.

If you can extend your help, please do so.  The Vietnamese Government extended their help to Japan too.  You can log on to Google Crisis Response and donate to the Japan Red Cross.  Ask your country’s Red Cross, your organization or company about their relief efforts.  Just think if it were you in Japan’s situation, wouldn’t you want some help too?  So please, give a little love.

And let’s storm the heavens with our awesome prayers.

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