Our team at Nozomi Project continues to be surprised by the different platforms we are given to share the story of "Beauty in Brokenness." Our most recently gift was last week, when Eric and Sue Takamoto received a special award for their work in Tohoku, especially in starting the Nozomi Project. The Foundation for Social Contribution 2017awards ceremony was held on July 21st at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. There are two types of awards; one is for the heroic action in saving lives, and the other is for serving society through a special contribution. Eric and Sue stood with about 16 others in winning this latter award.
Sue said, " I was touched to hear these heroic stories and it was such an honor - and so humbling! - to spend time with people who are making such a difference in the world."
One of the things that the Nozomi team found funny when Sue shared at our staff meeting today was that the Takamoto couple did not realize at first who was giving them their award - it wasn't until the reception they discovered that it was the first lady of Japan, Akie Abe!
You can read their profiles and stories on their website:：http://www.fesco.
Thanks for being part of our story... for sharing with others about Nozomi Project... for believing with us that there is beauty in brokenness. We are thankful for the different opportunities and platforms we are given to share this hope.
From Eric and Sue
"Thank you so much for the amazing honor of receiving this award.
We are deeply touched and don’t have words to express our gratitude.
It has been a great pleasure for us to serve the people of Tohoku.
We love the words of Jesus, ‘Those who wish to save their lives will lose it, but
those who lose their lives for my sake will find it.”
It’ has been one of the best decisions we have ever made to "lose" ourselves in
Ishinomaki the last five years. We have gained so very much!
We accept this award on behalf of our wonderful teammates, the beautiful
women of ishinomaki, and our beloved friends and people of Tohoku."