Vol.147 issued on 31 May, 2012


◆The first activity report by new missionaries・・・・・・・Ms. Harumi MACHIDA
                                                                           Ms. Risa MATSUMOTO

◆Know more about MDGs Goal 7: "Ensure environmental sustainability"
        Kompong Luong Floating Village, Cambodia・・・Mr. Masashi SHINODA

◆The Great East Japan Earthquake Report on the activities in Fukushima

Vol.146 issued on 31 March, 2012


◆Know more about MDGs Goal 6: "Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases"
  AFMET (The Alliance of Friends for Medical care in East Timor),
   East Timor・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Ms. Satoko WATANABE

◆Letter from Cambodia ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Mr. Takeshi ONO

◆Letter from Cambodia ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Ms. Sakiko ISHIDA

◆2011 new Lay missionaries leaving for Mongolia・・・・・・・・・Management

Vol.145 issued on 29th February, 2012


Mission completed (Cambodia)・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Mr. Masaya TAKAHASHI

Mission completed (Cambodia)・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Ms. Mari HAMADA

◆JLMM Gospel charity concert・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Management

Mission completed (Cambodia)

Mr. Masaya Takahashi was sent to Kompong Luong, Cambodia in 2006 and completed his five years' mission in July 2011. He has a lot of memories about the people he met during his stay.

By Mr. Masaya Takahashi (Yonezawa Church, Niigata Diocese)

Having completed my mission in Cambodia and come back to Japan three months have passed. Sometimes I recall the days in Cambodia, but when I am busy in my daily life in Japan, I feel my Cambodia time as an illusion.
I relaxed in my home for a while and conducted some debriefing sessions. After that I got a new job and started to work. I am on the way to the next stage of my life. Prior to that, I like to close my Cambodian days. This is my last "Letter from Cambodia".

Farewell to everyone
When I was going to terminate my Cambodia mission, I was imagining the scene of leaving the people in the floating village. "What will they say to me?" "Maybe they are not so sentimental...." After all I did not know what would happen. All I knew was that I would cry for sure.
When the last day was approaching the village people said something here and there. The words in the brackets are my thoughts.
A: "Masaya is leaving us. He will not come back, won't he?" (I am leaving not because I no longer like you.)
B: "Is he leaving this month? Why not apply for the extension for one year?" (At this last moment? I have already bought the air ticket.)
C: We will feel sad and lonely after he leaves. So we should have a bad term with him now so that we wont' miss him. Shall we hate him now?" (Oh, very unique idea.)
D: "Are you going somewhere? Please buy some medicine for me at Phnom Penh on your way back here. (He does not understand that I go back to Japan for good. I won't be back. What a shame!)
The church leader Mrs. Panam whom I contacted, talked, called, argued, consulted with, worried about and was deceived by the most in my Cambodia life said to me, "You really go back, don't you? I will hit you. I mean to hit you hard. Then you'll have a pain. The pain will make you to remember me, won't it?" "-----" I felt shy. (She is good at talking.)
The very day came. I went to Phnom Penh to receive my father. He came to Cambodia for the first time just before my last day of Cambodia, and next day I brought him to Kompong Luong Floating Village.
From the city we went to the dock through the rough road which I had gone up and down more than thousand times and boarded the boat. It is our school boat which was made by the support and donation from Japan. (It broke down many times and costs so much for repair...) Though the scene of the floating villages is too familiar to me, it gives me different feelings and discoveries every time. The scene often changes because the village people often change their house boat, which is unique.Mr. Takahashi and his acquaintances in the floating villageWhen we arrived at the church, the children were waiting for me lining up. I thought I was a guest this time. I used to get children to line up to welcome our guests but this time they welcomed me. They were all familiar to me. They were studying in the literacy class in the church or had completed the class and were studying at the public school or dropped out of the class or were from poor families and had never entered to school or children of the church people. When I saw their singing, I recalled memories of each child. I share the memories with everyone. I patted them on the heads and sometimes butt. (I wondered whether they would remember me.)
Some selected children sang a song with choreography which they had practiced so hard. The song was familiar to me but had the different words meaning "Thank you, Masaya, for having let us to go to school. We'll never forget you." They danced singing the filksong. I found the literacy teacher Ms. Roata who was usually shy was dancing with them this time. (They are aperforming very hard for me.)
In return my father played a guitar and sang. (Why my father?!) It was my father's hobbyhorse, "Baraga saita (Roses bloomed)" which was not a piece for children at all. Before singing he was requested to translate the words. The children appreciated the song very much and my father had overwhelming requests for encore. He felt good and sang "Hitorino chiisana te (A small hand)". It was appreciated again!!
He was fully satisfied and distributed sweets to the children with smile. (Who is the leading?)

Mission completed (Cambodia)

Ms. Mari Hamada was sent to Cambodia in 2009 and has been working at the women's shelter in Siam Reap. She returned to Japan upon completion of her two and half years' mission. She looks back on her experiences in Cambodia.

By Ms. Mari HAMADA (Matsubara Church, Tokyo Archdiocese)

I came back to Japan in July, 2011. I, as a lay missionary in Cambodia, completed my activities. I live very relaxing day which are different from the days when I temporally stayed in Japan last year.
Honestly speaking, I have not fully looked back on my Cambodian mission yet. Many things happened during two and half years. It was precious time with a lot of meetings and awareness and more than worth having left my daily life in Japan. I thank all the people who sent me to Cambodia and accepted me there and whom I met there.
With my client
I realized that a man cannot live alone. I all the time felt being with people. When Cambodians meet you, they ask you where you are going as a greeting. They also ask you whether you have taken your lunch. Especially my landlord and friends asked me about private matters, about Japan and all sorts of things till I got almost fed up. They brought me to events whenever available. They listened to me when I was in trouble or struggling. Always many people were with me.

Vol.144 issued on 25th December, 2011


2011 Missionaries-Sending Ceremony・・・・・・・・・・・2011 Lay Missionaries

Know more about MDGs Goal 5:
  "Improve maternal health" Kampong Luong Floating Village,
                         Cambodia・・・・Mr. Masashi SHINODA

Letter from Cambodia ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Ms. Miyuki ASANO

Letter from East Timor・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Ms. Yui FUKAHORI


"Know more about MDGs" Vol.5

Know more about MDGs (Please refer to Vol.139 "What is MDGs?")
Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Kampong Luong Floating Village, Cambodia
By Mr. Masashi Shinoda (Karasaki Church, Kyoto Diocese)

<Mother and child health care>
This time I introduce Mother and child health care program operated in Kampong Luong Floating Village. In the floating village we have everything that is available on the land.
There is also a hospital and it is called "health center". Seventy percent of the people in the village are Vietnamese but very few of them use the center. It is because the staffs are only Khmer and the Vietnamese have the barrier of language and in dry season the water level becomes lower and the center is far on the land which the village people do not have an easy access by transportation. As a result many Vietnamese do not know what the health center is for. In order to let the people know what the center is operating and how necessary it is, we hired a doctor from the center and started the program to set up the free clinic a year ago.
Our intention was to contact all the patients but this time we targeted pregnant women and infants and hired a gynecologist. It was because the infants' lives were lost in the floating village due to the unbelievable causes.


2011 Missionaries-Sending Ceremony


Lay missionaries with Archbishop Ikenaba and the people presentThe Missionary-Sending Ceremony was held at Chofu Congregation de Notre Dame and the Mass was conducted by Archbishop Ikenaga (Advisor Archbishop of JLMM) on 12th November, 2011. Two new Lay missionaries were blessed and encouraged by many people. We could hold a wonderful ceremony with the help of Sisters from Chofu Congregation, church people and many others. Two of them will be sent to Mongolia. Mongolia is a new mission area of JLMM. Mission started in the country only twenty years ago. JLMM missionaries will start the mission "live together" in young communities there with other Lay missionaries from many countries. The midwinter is starting soon in Mongolia and they will go there in April, 2012. We wish two JLMM Lay missionaries will live together with people in their mission areas. Your prayers and support are appreciated.

Letter from Cambodia

There was a big flood which occurs only once in a decade in Cambodia. Particularly the water level of Tonle Sap Lake rose and the houses at the riverside had big damages. There was no damage in Phnom Penh but in countryside the roads flooded, the houses were covered with water and the paddies got a huge damage just before the harvest season. TV showed the people sending the aids to the isolated villages. The water level is getting lower now but I worry about the people who lost the income source.

By Miyuki Asano (Kikuna Church, Yokohama Diocese)

<Women are motivated>
The business of sweet roti food stall is getting better as the children came back to school in October after the long school holiday in Cambodia. Mrs. Siwon (33) has joined the business. Her husband left her and four children to go to another woman last year and she has been working in a factory to raise the children. As she could not afford to pay the rent and to make a living, she borrowed money from many people to buy food. She used to moan to Mrs. Suleimau who lived in the same apartment about her problems. She got tired of listening to her story and introduced the food stall business to her. Then she started the business. Her eldest son is twelve years old and always came to "Children's house" to study with his youngest sister, two years old, as no one could look after her. She often cried and sulked144_09 during the lesson. Teachers said, "She is hungry because the family is poor and cannot afford to give her enough food since her father left home." Every time she cried they gave her the school lunch at the rear seat before lunch time. Her brother took very good care of her feeding her with the food and water, washing her pants which she had wetted and so on. In the evening he cooked rice and waited for his mother's coming back. I heard that he had come to ask the teachers for the rice support. The family was so poor that three children could not go to primary school during that time. In October they entered the public primary school and the eldest son could join the second year class.

Letter from East Timor

There is no word to mean "Thank you" or "Sorry" in East Timor! Ms. Fukahori who is working in Alliance of Friends for Medical care in East Timor (AFMET) has, through her activities, realized the meaning of "gratitude" and "forgiveness".

Ms.Yui Fukahori (Yuigahama Church, Yokohama Diocese)

I asked the vocational center (CDE) to hold a marketing seminar for FINI, the representatives of "Mutual aid for health and life" (CG), the other day. The CDE trainer Mr. Aires is very cooperative and always listens to the CG members very attentively. He has already organized the training for FINI a few times and is used to it. His training has a good tempo and he tries to include all kind of things such as games and group discussions. So I enjoyed it very much.
There are four elements to do business, which are goods, prices, sales locations and promotions. The goods are sold to customers only when the four elements are appropriate. If there are problems in each element, they must be solved. When the good explanations are given to the trainees, they can understand well. They often do not understand what the trainers says even it sounds easy to understand.

Training for FINI members

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