TUC RICE PROJECT

"...blessed is he who is kind to the needy" - Proverbs 14:21

Tokyo Union Church makes and distributes onigiri (rice cakes) for approximately 120 homeless people living around Shibuya Station. This project is supported by the Outreach Committee and the Women's Society of TUC.

This year we will continue to deliver onigiri to the homeless in Yoyogi Park which amounts to an additional 50 rice cakes. As you can see this project increases every year due to the ever changing economic climate. We all know many people who were here last year have now gone home, so we rely upon newcomers to Tokyo to enable us to fulfil our ambition.

You can offer your hand to these neighbours of ours in one of the following ways:

 

1. PREPARING THE ONIGIRI

The TUC Women's Society gathers in small groups of 6 to 8 people every day to prepare the rice for next day's delivery. The rice will be ready when the volunteers arrive. No cooking is necessary. They will simply remove the rice from the cookers and press it into the onigiri moulds.

 

The rice cakes are packaged into containers and loaded into paper shopping bags for the delivery team. In addition to the time you give, you also receive the gifts of friendship and lasting memories from the fellowship you have within your rice preparation team.

 

2. DELIVERING THE ONIGIRI

The distribution occurs in the early morning, Monday through Saturday, between 5:00-6:00 a.m. and takes approximately 30 minutes for Shibuya. After that hour people are on the move or are being rousted out of their resting places. The route is covered on foot by one or more people each day. Yoyogi Park delivery takes place at 7 p.m. which takes around 10 minutes. Participation in the distribution is rewarding for both individual volunteers and entire families through the relationships that you develop over time with these needy people.

Either of the above volunteer opportunities requires only one/two mornings or evenings of your time per month (or more if you can spare the time). To sign up or for more information, please contact the Women's Society at 3400-0942 or the Church Office at 3400-0047. Please consider participating in this effort to help feed some of Tokyo's hungry people. Thank you!

3. RICE DELIVERY SCHEDULE

The following is the Shibuya rice delivery schedule for the month of May 2001:

May 2001

Substitute Deliverers: Randy Cochrane 3440-2996/Isaku Murakami 090-9317-0210/ikukoOmori5494-7217

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat





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Ickford Archer

3445-2792

Chika Eto

*

Kelly*Kaufmann

090-2454-4728

Ikuko*Omori & family

5494-7217

*

Jeff Heintzelman

& family

3499-7324

*

Julie Fukuda

3314-5192

Marianne Wada

044-870-9552

*

Premij Thomas Family

5766-6277

*

*

Isaku Murakami

090-9317-0210

Phil Packer

090-2147-2469

Geoff*Blackburn

5485-2401

*

Bean/Kuniesue Family

3224-6902

*

Kitty Brown and Family

3746-0904

**

Rikke Christensen

3466-9792

Kazunori Higuchi

3409-5318

**

Gene*Rait

3711-9568

Alex Plumer

3705-7430

**

Bill Slavin & family

3440-1730


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1*

isaku Murakami

090-9317-0210

Phil Packer

090-2147-2469

Geoff*Blackburn

5485-2401

**

Brock Mcmunn

3582-7463

Patrick Mansfield

3208-0326

**

John & Sarah Murton

3405-7104

**

Rikke Christensen

3466-9792

Hitomi Otagaki

3457-7797

**

Julie Fukuda

3314-5192

Marianne Wada

044-870-9552

**

Bill Lydens &

Family

3479-4082

**

**

isaku Murakami

090-9317-0210

Phil Packer

090-2147-2469

Geoff*Blackburn

5485-2401

**

Bean/Kuniesue Family

3224-6902

**

Kitty Brown and Family

3746-0904

Kelly*Kaufmann

090-2454-4728

**

Rikke Christensen

3466-9792

**

Ickford Archer

3445-2792

Chika Eto

**

Ikuko*Omori & Family

5494-7217

**

**

isaku Murakami

090-9317-0210

Phil Packer

090-2147-2469 Geoff*Blackburn

5485-2401

**

Brock Mcmunn

3582-7463

Jeff Dukes

5722-4267

**

Pastor Barry

& Family

**

Rikke Christensen

3466-9792













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