He recalls the days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, when everyone in the evacuation center received half a rice ball to eat each day and nothing else. Then he talks of the missionaries' first visit.
"If you hadn't come, we wouldn't have had meat to eat," Mr. Chiba tells Elder Conan Grames and his wife, Sister Cindy Grames. "The other thing we didn't have — we just couldn't get fresh vegetables. You brought us the first fresh vegetables."