We decided to rent a car for a couple of days. It gave us a little more freedom to get around and traveling. John drove us around some of the areas where the tsunami hit some of the towns. It was horrible to just see everything and realize how much cleaning up they actually have to do. You don't hear much about what's going on in Japan but it's still really devastated and lots of work needs to be done.
As we were driving John pointed out an area that was extremely sad.....A mass grave site filled with lots of people -- they weren't able to identify everyone so it's a graveyard filled with tons of people who will never have a grave marker and families are just assuming that their loved ones are gone. It's just so sad to think about.
Some of the work that is being down in Ishinomaki is building relationships.....one of the missionary families that is helping out there has said that in the three months they have been there forming relationships and working they have made friendships that would have taken years to form. Thankfully there have been lots of volunteers working and helping out in many different ways.
Our job was to visit with the families. The table I sat at was with a young mom and her two daughters. I couldn't speak much Japanese and she couldn't speak much English. But we had fun. I worked hard to get her youngest to smile at me. Who knew that John could have an easier time just by giving both the girls balls. The youngest one couldn't stop beaming after she got her ball.