A team from the Osaka-based Japan International Food for the Hungry and
volunteers from Tokyo Christian Institute erected it after they went to the
site on Kesennuma Bay in Miyagi prefecture to clear rubble.
Hiroshi Minegishi, pastor of the Kesennuma First Bible Baptist Church, which is part
of the Japan Conservative Baptist Association, had asked the organization to clear the
site, saying that his church could be forgotten and buried in the debris if things
were left as they are.
The pastor escaped the destruction after hearing a tsunami warning. Only the
church’s foundation and floors have remained intact after the rest of the
building was washed away by the wave. In an April 2 Web article published by
The Christians, a Tokyo-based Christian news organization, Minegishi said that even
the great tsunami could not wash away the love of Christ.