A MILNGAVIE family doing Missionary work in Japan are safe and well.
The Fergusons, pictured, are currently in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, in north-west Japan.
Japan’s north-east of has been worst affected by the earthquake which hit the eastern coast last Friday and measured a magnitude of 9. It was followed by a massive tsunami which hit Sendai city the hardest, obliterating buildings and roads in its path.
The death toll from the natural disaster as we went to press on Wednesday had reached 3,373 but thousands of people are still missing and it’s estimated that at least 10,000 may have been killed.
David and Lorna Ferguson - linked to St Paul’s Church in Milngavie and Baljaffray Church in Bearsden - are working with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) International to build a new church on the south side of the city which will be called Hiragishi Izumi, which in Japanese means ‘Spring Church’.
They have four boys - the older ones Daniel and Matthew attend school in India, while Calum and Alistair go to the local school in Japan.
David said: “We wanted to let everyone know that we are fine. Obviously things are still unclear in parts of the country and circumstances are changing fast so we are watching the BBC news which is covering the unfolding events as they happen.
“Here in Sapporo we are all okay and removed from the effects of the aftershocks, power cuts and the like, but we are just stunned watching the pictures and unable to do too much at this point except pray for those caught up in the worst of the aftermath.”
“Many people have written to us and we are very grateful for that. We won’t be able to reply personally to everyone but we treasure your concern and prayer at this time.”
To donate cash to help people affected by this disaster please send a cheque to OMF International (UK), Station Approach, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN 15 8BG. Quote project number – L60500.