Woman's Board of Missions: Missions and Ministries
2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Five days after one of the largest earthquakes in Japan, our Missions Committee voted to send $1,000 for Wider Church Ministries, marked “Pacific Earthquake/Tsunami”. In addition to the Wider Church Ministries financial assistance to victims, the women expressed concern for the Asian Rural Institute, located in Tochigi Prefecture, and voted to send an additional $500 to help them in the rebuilding of their facilities which is used to train community leaders from foreign countries. Those same facilities were visited by the 2000 WBM mission group from Hawaii and they remember well the hospitality that was extended to the 11-member group.
Stemming from very personal connections to the people of Japan and wanting to support Global Hope Network, the committee will be sending $500 towards their goal of raising $100,000 to help in efforts to provide emergency food and psychological counseling for rescue workers.
Locally in Hawaii, we are thankful for reports of only minor damage, but lots of debris. HCUCC reported that the villages of Miloli’i and Napo’opo’o, where our Hauoli Kamana’o and Kahikolu churches are located suffered the greatest damage. For those residents that need help, the Family Thank Offering Committee approved gifts of $500 for each church to help in relief efforts for community members.
WBM Mission Projects
The Woman’s Board of Missions reaches out to many missions and ministries each year.
1) Fabric, sewing supplies and children’s books are collected and sent to sewing schools and preschools in the Philippines.
2) School books, pastoral reference and worship books, Sunday school materials, and other educational materials are collected and sent to partner churches in Micronesia;
3) Stocking caps, eyeglasses and postage stamps are collected and sent to various ministries around the world.
4) Financial support is given through the Common Global Ministries Board for mission work and missionaries around the world but focusing on the Pacific Basin.
5) Missionaries are invited and hosted in our churches and at our events.