Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Back in Faribault, Minnesota, from Japan March 23, 2011

FIVE DAYS HAD PASSED since a young Faribault woman posted on her blog from earthquake and tsunami stricken Japan.

And now I know why. She was on her way back from Fukushima to Minnesota for her brother’s wedding.

Haidee, a Christian outreach worker and English teacher, has been safely reunited with her family at their rural Faribault home.

But her decision to leave Japan did not come without struggle. Read Haidee’s insightful post by clicking here. She reveals, in a March 22 post, the emotional turmoil she experienced, being torn between wanting to stay in Japan and returning to the United States.

Her words are honest, poignant and touching. They also point to an unshakable faith and an undisputed belief that God directed her onto the path that would take her to the airport and then back to Minnesota.

God, clearly, was watching over and guiding her on this journey.

A snippet of Jesus' face in a stained glass window at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, where Haidee's father serves as the pastor. I'm certain that many times since the disaster in the Pacific, Haidee has been especially cognizant of God watching over her.

SHOULD I HAVE the opportunity to speak with Haidee, I’ll share that information with you. Click here to read my first post about Haidee, shortly after the disaster devastated Japan.


© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


2 Responses to “Back in Faribault, Minnesota, from Japan”

  1. Bernie Says:

    I’m glad she was able to make it home safely. I went and read her post you posted, poor girl. It must be hard to have such a struggle going on for her. I know she will keep the the folks in Japan in her thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you for the follow up of her story.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Haidee will be speaking at our church in two weeks. That should be enlightening. I’ll continue to keep you posted.

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