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ACU Grad Student Committed to Relief Work in Japan

by Benjamin Skye | July 19, 2011 | Newsletters 0 Comments

It has been almost four months now since the nation of Japan witnessed its most devastating earthquake and tsunami in its nation’s history. Even today, the nation is still carrying out relief work among the regions affected most by the natural disaster.


In photo, and Michiko (in hat) and Jonathan Straker (holding son Shiori) talk to neighbors outside the Sendai Church of Christ.

In photo, and Michiko (in hat) and Jonathan Straker (holding son Shiori) talk to neighbors outside the Sendai Church of Christ.

In Sendai, not far from one of the worst-hit areas of the tsunami where one in ten people died during the disaster, Abilene Christian University graduate student Jonathan Straker and his wife Michiko have been actively involved with the Sendai Church of Christ to help victims rebuild their lives.

Straker and his family lived in Japan as missionaries in Japan for over 5 years. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at ACU but has brought his wife and son Shiori back to Japan to aid fellow Christian with relief work.

The Straker’s story shows that students at Abilene Christian University are dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate. Jonathan and Michiko, along with many other unnamed individuals, have given time, effort and other resources to help the people of Japan. Their story is living proof that a strong education extends beyond the confines of the classroom and academia. True education challenges its students to give of themselves to worthy causes aimed at the wellbeing of others who are in dire need.

ELI 360 would like to encourage all our friends to continue to be in prayer for the Strakers, along with the many other relief workers who are still working hard to rebuild Japan. You can keep up with the Strakers by reading the following article on ACU’s website.

The article also provides a link to a blog updating relief work in the Sendai area.

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