Missionaries to Japan react to earthquake/tsunami

By Charles Herrington -  Bio | Email

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two Hattiesburg missionaries with strong ties to Japan are reacting with shock and sadness at the loss of life and property after Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami in that country. Sean and Alice Collier were among the first people in our area to get first-hand accounts of the death and destruction in Japan following the quake.

"I got a phone call at 1 a.m. this morning, a text message that said there's been a major earthquake in Japan and your worst fear becomes reality," said Alice Collier.

Working as Christian missionaries, the Colliers spent years in Japan. They just returned last October.

They know the language and culture well and they have many friends who they left behind when they returned. They feel lucky today to be home in Mississippi, but they also feel some guilt.

"On the one hand, you're relieved that the people that you know and are close to and your loved ones are OK, but at the same time, you feel almost guilty, for feeling relief, because you know that so many people are suffering," said Sean Collier.

Friday night, the Colliers will pray for the people of Japan and they hope we will join them.

"This is a way, I really feel like, that the church can rise up and serve the community," Alice Collier said.

"Pray that the church can really be a source of help and healing for the people who've been affected," Sean Collier said.

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