Mar 17, 2011 11:55 PM by Matt Stafford

Even with radiation concerns in Japan, Canon City missionary staying

Many Americans in Japan during the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami are making their way home; many concerned about the stability of nuclear reactors in the country.

20-year old Ty Moore of Canon City has been south of Tokyo since the quake, and he's staying.

"I was scared a little bit, but now I'm not," Moore says. "We're 170 miles away."

While most of the destruction is north of them, Moore says it's still an eerie feeling where they are.

"There's people that won't leave their house, there's very few people on the streets," says Moore.

Moore's been with a group on a mission trip, sharing their faith through music. He says now they have a new mission, and that's why he's staying.

"I just really felt that we needed to get a hold of these people immediately and not just hang out and wait," says Moore.

News First 5 spoke to Moore's mother, Debi, shortly after quake. Ty let her know through a text message around midnight that night that he was okay. It's been a tough week, and she's had a lot on her mind.

"My husband and I have mixed emotions everyday but we're also very, very proud of him and the decisions he's made," says Moore. "I can't say that I always am glad that that's the decision that is made, but I also realize it's not about me and it's not up to me."

Ty says it's a spiritual thing, and that he was put in the right place at the right time.

"I knew he didn't want me to leave yet, and there was a perfect timing to why I was here," says Ty Moore. "I think they just need some hope; someone to help them out."

If you would like to help Ty and his group, you can visit the organization's website by clicking here. They have a list of supplies needed along with ways to contribute on the site.



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