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Fire destroys Tokyo minister’s home


TOKYO —The family of Yoshiya Noguchi awoke to flames on Nov. 4.
The minister for the Ochanomizu Church of Christ in Tokyo and his family — wife Emiko, children Hannah and Aito, ages 8 and 6, and Emiko’s mother — escaped “with only the clothes they had on,” said Dwight Albright, a missionary to Japan and member of the Park Avenue Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn. Emiko Noguchi spent a night in the hospital due to smoke inhalation.
The Ochanomizu church is collecting contributions to help the family, as is the Park Avenue church, where the Noguchis attended while Yoshiya Noguchi studied at nearby Harding School of Theology. In addition to preaching, Yoshiya Noguchi serves as chaplain for Ibaraki Christian University in Hitachi City, Japan.
“Even in the midst of this, God supports us and gave us a way of escape through the prayers and support of everyone,” Noguchi said in a message to Ochanamizu members.
“Rather than counting what we have lost, we will count what we have received and have been provided,” the minister said. “The lives of our family and neighbors were protected.”
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