Japan Rescues Give Relief Workers New Resolve

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Rescuers have found two survivors in the ruins from Japan's earthquake and tsunami.  

A 70-year-old woman was pulled from her home, which was toppled by the March 11 tidal wave.
According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, the woman suffered from hypothermia but had no life-threatening injuries.

David Darg, director of International Disaster Relief and Special Projects for Operation Blessing International, discussed more on the desperate situation. Click play for his comments, following this report.  

Another survivor, an unnamed 4-month-old baby girl, was also rescued from the rubble by soldiers from the Japanese Defense Force, Time Magazine reported.

"Her discovery has put a new energy into the search," a civil defense official told a local news crew. "We will listen, look and dig with even more diligence after this."

News of the rescues served as a bright spot amid an ever rising death toll. Japanese officials confirmed the number of dead has climbed above 2,400 and is expected to go higher.

Meanwhile, survivors remain in desperate need of food and water.

In Minamisanriku, rescuers scoured through rubble looking for anyone who might have survived. Government officials said 10,000 people have not been heard from since the tsunami ravaged the coastal town.

Residents of Riverside, Calif. - Sendai, Japan's "sister city" - were moved by the horrific images they have seen. Some of them will soon be leaving for Japan.

"The world is really a very small place and coming together today shows how sister cities can care for each other and really make an impact on the world," Riverside Mayor Chris MacArthur said.

See a special AP Interactive on Japan's mounting humanitarian and nuclear crisis.

More than 90 countries have offered assistance to Japan. However, the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis is greater than anyone could have ever imagined.

"The biggest challenge for our relief operation at this moment is logistics," said Satoshi Sugai, director of Japanese Red Cross.

Japan's infrastructure was swamped from the tsunami. Roads, bridges, and the rail system are all under water -- so it's nearly impossible to reach some areas.

Still, Japanese Christians, like Kyoko Sears in Huntsville, Ala., said the chaos is an opportunity to reach people with the gospel.

Japan's Christians make up only 1 percent of the country's population.

"I know physical needs will be met," Sears said. "But the spiritual side also needs to be met. And in such a disastrous event, you need something to hold on to."

Arthur Kraai grew up in a missionary family in Japan. He has planned to return to help plant churches.

"A lot of our friends and relatives are saying things like, 'We're thankful that you're here and not there,'" Kraai said. "But for us, it just makes us want to be there all the more, because we know the need is there, and we really want to be involved in helping."

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