World Evangelical Alliance leaders visit Hiroshima & Nagasaki

In August 2015, Efraim Tendero (left), WEA’s newly appointed general secretary, and Tyler Stevenson (right), leader of WEA’s Nuclear Weapon Task Force, visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with Kenichi Shinagawa, general secretary of the Japan Evangelical Alliance (JEA). They attended numerous 70th anniversary memorial events, visited museums and historical sites, and met with atomic bomb survivors.

Tendero said, “It was significant for me to actually see where the atomic bomb blasted and feel the reality of people’s suffering. Now I understand how inhumane nuclear weapons are and I feel we evangelicals need to address this issue.” Stevenson added, “WEA hasn’t clearly stated a position on nuclear weapons yet. This visit is a good starting point to engage in this pressing issue with an evangelical perspective.… We cannot overlook the fact that people believe in nuclear deterrence rather than God for keeping peace in this world. The transforming power of the cross of Jesus Christ is needed to change this paradigm of terror.”

From the report in JEA’s Japan Update Number 70