We have a special connection with Families Forward which is Irvine's best outreach to families seeking self-sufficiency and success. UUMC members are on staff and on the board. Among us are major donors and consistent, committed volunteers. Halo Award-winning volunteer Carol Pukli is in charge of letting us know when FF needs to replenish its food pantry, prepare children for school, or help out with the holidays.
Supports AIDS treatment in Orange County
OC Rescue Mission
Twin Sheet Collection
After-school arts mentoring
Assistance League of Irvine
Supports Irvine students through thrift store
Santa Ana Armory Emergency Shelter
Food and shelter for homeless neighbors
Emergency Response Teams
Training to prepare for emergencies
Clergy Against Alzheimers
Raising awareness and advocating for a cure
Developing health care in Central America
Minami-Sanriku Tsunami Recovery
Churches working to rebuild sister city in Japan
Imagine No Malaria
Working with African governments to supply nets
Claudia Genung - UMC Missionary to Japan
UMC Worldwide Missions
April 2017 Mission Trip to Weed, California
Teams from University UMC called to serve our friends in Northern California
The Rev. Claudia Genung –Yamamoto is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to ministries of community outreach and church development in Kobe, Japan. She assumed these responsibilities in late 2011 after serving for two decades as a missionary with the National Christian Council of Japan in Tokyo (NCC-J).
Claudia works with the Kobe Jesus Band Church and its community ministry through Kagawa Memorial Center. Rev. Toyohiko Kagawa, an eminent Japanese Christian leader, founded the church in 1909. The Kagawa Center ministers to the spiritual and psychical needs of the people in Kobe, which is an international port.
The Center has a café (Tengokuya Heaven’s Café), museum, day care, tutoring program for foreign children in Japanese schools, food distribution bi-monthy through a local food bank, after school program for disabled children, programs for single mothers and their children, and offers various seminars to the community. The weekly café provides low-cost lunches where all are welcome, and the monthly Night Café donates funds to help with ongoing disaster relief in Fukushima prefecture, where the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant explosion occurred.
The Jesus Band Church, where Claudia is an associate pastor, is part of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ),that continues the work of Methodism in Japan. She has started a new international congregation, which worships every other month.
Claudia is active in mission and ecumenical affairs. She was president of the Tokyo Ecumenical Council in Tokyo and now networks with other churches in Kobe. She is a member of Peace and Nature, an NPO in Kobe and Second Harvest Japan in Tokyo. She serves on the AFARI (American Friends of Asian Rural Institute) and helps the ARI Kansai Caravan when they come to the Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka area each year. She works with the Global Missions at Kobe Union Church and helps coordinate a ministry with the homeless in Kobe.
Claudia’s husband Rev. Toshimasa Yamamoto isa GBGM VIM (Volunteer In Mission)and former General Secretary of NCC-J as well as a former Global Ministries missionary. Toshi now works as a chaplain and professor at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has authored books and articles on ecumenism and peace in Northeast Asia. Claudia and Tohsi husband are both concerned about peace in our world today.
They are the parents of two grown sons.