Transitions and Finances

Looking toward our future retirement, we plan to transition from in-person church planting leadership at Tokyo Multicultural Church to “coaching from a distance” at the end of 2022. This means moving our primary residence from our apartment in Tokyo to our house in Cape Elizabeth, Maine US (Ann’s hometown), while retaining a secondary residence at our vacation house in northern Japan.

We will continue full-time ministry with ServeBeyond (EFC of Canada) for 2-4 years by (1) overseeing TMC; (2) coordinating ServeBeyond projects in Asia; and (3) continuing to teach theology in Tokyo (Dale). We will also visit our supporting churches in Canada and the US. So we will continue to carry a full-time missionary budget.

However, the way we do these ministries will change. Lord willing, we plan to take 2-3 annual trips of 1-2 months each to Japan and Asia. This will make it possible for us to be at TMC 6-8 Sundays a year and for Dale to teach modular seminary classes twice a year. By keeping a secondary residence in Japan we will be able to reduce our flight costs within Asia for visiting ServeBeyond projects and personnel because our itineraries can originate in Tokyo rather than the US.

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Our missionary ministry budget covers items such as salary, housing, ministry expenses (travel, office supplies, materials, internet, phone, etc.), medical insurance, Japan national and city taxes, ServeBeyond allocation (14%), etc. Ministry items not included in our ministry budget are covered through special financial projects called “ministry expansion funds.” These are usually one time or limited time projects.
  • In 2021 our budget was CAN$135,000 or about US$106,500. Actual donations from our support team totaled CAN$138,000 / US$108,000, or 102% of our budget. PTL!
  • In 2022 our budget is CAN$136,000 or about US$100,000.
For further information see tokyolittles.net/support/finances.