Church of Japan Assistance

Orthodox Church in Japan“For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints…” (2 Corinthians 8:3)

Thank you to all who have donated! Our “Help the Church of Japan” campaign is now over. To date, 98 donors have sent in $18.931.57! (We may make some final adjustments to this number if any last-minute checks come in.) We are grateful for the gifts received, and will be sending the money shortly!

Dear Friends,

With the blessing of His Grace, our Bishop Benjamin, and the support of our treasurer, we are now collecting funds to go directly to the Orthodox Church of Japan. These gifts are an offering of love from our people and parishes around the world to the Church of Japan to help directly with the specific needs of the churches – rebuilding, aid for clergy and parish families, and other assistance.

The Church of Japan was founded in 1861 by St. Nicholas. The Church currently has 2 bishops, about 20 priests and 67 communities (churches and missions) throughout the country, and fewer than 10,000 people. Look for updates from Fr. George Matsushima on the Western Diocese’s website at (English / Русский).

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With the exception of Paypal transaction and wire transfer fees, 100% of money collected will be wired to the Orthodox Church of Japan. We can provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. Clicking the Paypal button on this page will automatically designate your gift for this purpose, and you do not need a PayPal account to donate online with a credit or debit card.

We will be accepting donations for Japan through May 21st. We don’t have a particular donation goal or target in mind, but will send whatever we can!


98 gifts / $18.931.57
Last updated: May 26, 2011
Check back for updates!

Donations have been received from many countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Khazakstan, Greece, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, France, Switzerland, the UK, Canada, and the USA.
Thank you for your gifts of love!

You can also send a check, clearly marked for Japan to:

Church of Japan Assistance
St. Juvenaly Orthodox Mission
PO Box 4631
Kailua Kona, HI 96745

We can also provide information for direct wire-transfer to Japan.

Please see the Contact page if you need to get in touch with us.

— Fr. John

This page has been mirrored in Russia at, with a Russian-language version here.
Our newsletter appeal has also been picked up on our Diocesan website.
Bishop Benjamin has sent out special petitions for use in the Litanies.

The IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) is collecting funds for more general humanitarian work. They are a highly respected and accountable organization. If you would like to donate for the humanitarian relief effort, checks can be sent to the IOCC at

PO Box 630225
Baltimore, MD 21263-0225

Individual donations may be made on-line at or by calling toll free at 877-803-4622.

UPDATE: Listen to an interview with Miho Ealy on Ancient Faith Radio.