OutreachTUC is an outreach-oriented church and a congregation of outreach-oriented people. For example, one of our former members started a microcredit foundation in the Philippines during his time at our church, long before Grameen Bank in Bangladesh became famous. Ten percent of the TUC annual budget is allocated to support the outreach program.
The Outreach Ministry prayerfully provides, in the name of TUC, volunteers and financial support to organizations and projects of love, care, healing, education, social justice and service throughout the world. Along with regularly supporting 18 ministries globally, TUC responds financially to special needs through Special Offerings each year. For the past three years, our Easter Special Offerings were designated for support of our sister churches in Tohoku, and our Fall 2012 Special Offering was collected and given to Barnabas Fund, an organization working with Christians who are suffering persecution in Syria.
Outreach also provides channels for TUC members to respond to emergency relief needs that arise in Japan and elsewhere. These offerings are used to buy supplies for the afflicted areas or are donated to agencies that are active on the spot and can reach out to the victims more effectively than TUC’s own efforts could. In January 2012, for example, the Outreach Ministry Team organized a special offering to support typhoon-relief efforts in Mindanao (Philippines). The funds collected were sent to the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
These and other needs will continue. The TUC Tohoku Ministry outlined on the next page is another example. The needs call for personal, hands-on participation by our entire church community, now and for years to come. Please feel free to contact any Outreach Ministry Team member to offer your time, talents and financial resources to TUC’s outreach ministries. Our team is coordinated by Mary Fish (email@example.com), Elder, and its members are Akiko Adachi, Paul Fukuda, Wally Higgins, Dima Kato, Noriko Sakoh, Yukiko Ogata, Yuka Shigeno, Takeshi Shimizu, Pepper Delrosario, Naoko Taniguchi, and Juan Zheng.