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3.11 - God’s Presence and My Purpose in Midst of Pain

I met some new friends recently, Masaki and Kat. My wife and I enjoyed a good bowl of ramen with this great couple a few days ago, along with mutual friends, who have been trying to introduce us for a very long time. The ramen was good, but the new friendships are even better.


As we talked about our lives and love for Japan, we realized that Kat McDowell is a tremendously talented musical artist, based in Los Angeles, but with a global reach. The former Sony label artist has now launched her own indie label and can be found at / Kat’s father is from New Zealand and her mother is from Japan. She grew up in both places. This is her YouTube channel description:

Healing, inspiring and connecting the world through words & melodiesI'm a half Japanese/ half Kiwi girl living in Los Angeles and touring the world!

This video clip, which she made herself using an iPhone, is an emotional testimony to God’s presence with us, even in the midst of life’s storms, including the Great Japan Disaster of 3.11.11. It's also about the human search for meaning and purpose in life.

Its message compliments the clip “Journeying with the Japanese” that I posted on 3/11/2016 about Asian Access missionaries, who are trying to physically show God’s presence. They are trying to help their friends in NE Japan find Jesus and the hope He can bring to them. It’s not over yet.

I am excited to show 3.11 to you…


3.11 Official Music & lyric video [字幕付き]

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Jeff Johnston


Video Information

from Kat’s 3.11 YouTube Page:

Published on May 10, 2012 — My first music video from the album "Hope in you" (release is 2012/6/20). I you like this video please share it with your friends! Like it, comment etc!! I will do my best to keep writing better songs and making better videos!


Japanese Lyrics/Translation

0:14     3.11 だった0:18     海が私の家をれて行った0:21     ほこりだらけの空0:23     の音0:24     怖さとい0:26     カモメが泣いてる0:28     あなたが写ってる写真が泥だらけになってた0:31     あのいつもの何かたくらんでそな笑0:35     ぼやけた景色がほほをつたって流れる0:38     静かさが泣きはじめ耳をつんざくよ0:41     0:44     教えてほしい0:47     あなたがいるのは分かってるから0:51     私をしてほしい0:56     いろんな人生0:59     いろんな質問1:02     いろんなの川が海に流れてく1:09     私の人生って何1:12     なぜここにいるの1:16     答えを必ず探しだす1:19     たとえ人生最後の呼吸をするまで時間がかかっても1:37     混乱のまま夜になった1:40     子供を探す母もいた1:43     目に映るイメ1:46     止められない1:48     忘れられない1:50     星が夜空を照らしてる1:53     こんな星空今までた事がない1:57     一番暗い夜光をなくした2:00     でもあなたがいたの2:02     ずっといたの2:03     2:06     教えてほしい2:09     傷跡と心をいやす方法を2:17     一つの命2:21     一つの理由2:24     一つの希望2:28     一つの季2:31     私の人生って何2:35     なぜここにいるの2:38     それを必ず探し出す2:42     まだわってはいないから2:49     まだわってはいないから2:58     まだわってはいない


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去年は東北に何回か行って、色んな人の話を聞きました。この曲はその人達のストーリーを私なりに世界の皆に伝えるためにあえて英語で書きまし­た。iPhone でストップモーションのミュージックビデオを作ってみました。もし気に入って貰えたら友達ともfacebook でシェアしたり、つぶやいてください!この歌についてのストーリーも今後アップするので登録してね!


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