TMC's 5th Anniversary
23 Apr 2018: TMC
TOKYO MULTICULTURAL CHURCH quietly turned 5 years old on April 8, the Sunday after Easter. Thus the many hands showing five fingers in the above pic. We (Dale & Ann) launched TMC on Sunday Apr 7, 2013 in our apartment complex’s meeting room with eight people in attendance, including a core group of six.
On Easter Sunday 2018 we had 50 people in attendance, including quite a few visitors. TMC now has a missionary staff of seven (4 households), serving with the EFC of Canada Mission (EFCC-M), ReachGlobal (EFC of America), and the EFC of Macau. Sundays include Japanese Sunday school for children and adults, English worship service (with sermon translated into Japanese twice a month), and a monthly Chinese (Mandarin) fellowship. Our desire is to launch small groups and a Japanese language worship service in 2018.
By the end of 2017 TMC attenders were able to cover almost all of TMC’s monthly rental costs. Up until then, the shortfall was handled by our EFCC-M Ministry Enhancement Fund built up over the last five years by TMC’s partner churches. A BIG THANK YOU to those five EFC churches: English Department of Musashino Chapel Center (MCC) on the west side of Tokyo, First EFC of Maine, Trinity EFC (Woodbridge CT), Peoples Church (Pinckney MI), and Cayucos EFC (CA). Remaining funds from those partner donations, combined with contributions from future TMC partner churches, will be used for TMC’s enlarging phase:
Lord willing, we will launch and establish second and third TMC’s in the world’s largest megacity of Tokyo located within Japan, the second largest unreached people group on planet earth.