The Family organization firmly believes that tiny sincere acts of love have long term positive effects. Apart from spreading love through planned activities and developments, the organization seeks to manifest its care through daily social interactions.
Support in National Disaster-Relief Work
The members of Family International provide relief aid during the occurrence of natural calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes. Apart from offering physical assistance, the organization’s members provide spiritual support and motivation through counseling and planned programs that aim to reach out to the young ones affected by the tragedy. During the Kobe earthquake (Great Hanshin) in 1995 and Mid Niigata Prefecture earthquake in October 2004, the team was involved in contributing relief to the communities affected.
From 1996, the Family group has reached out to those in prisons by offering counseling, support and making visits to the prisoners. The team is also involved in assisting the Prison Chaplain in organizing music sessions and counseling for the prison inmates every week. In addition to that the Family members take part in the prison’s special events and family days. Kariong Juvenille justice center situated on the prison coast is one center that has been assisted by Family International in its chaplaincy. The juvenile centre has also benefited as the Family group provides basketball training and this has helped to bring together the boys in the juvenile centre and the young people from the society
Cyclone Larry Relief, 2006
Following the disaster, the Cyclone Larry that hit in Innisfail, Queensland, a team from the Family group who were working with Change the World went to the affected area to offer assistance. Apart from general cleaning up activities, the group worked with the Australian Red Cross, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency and were engaged in providing relief aid, counseling and giving hope to the affected people.
The volunteers from Family International specialize in conducting field trips wherever required in Taiwan to distribute educational CDs and books, DVDs and clothing as well. They take care to satisfy the other needs of the aboriginal communities in Ilan, Hualien, as well as Nantou counties.
Bible Classes and Meetings: You can find Family International members regularly hosting meetings and Bible classes as well as Sunday classes in Taiwan. These are motivational and help assist individuals on matters of life management, marriage and childcare. They have students from all classes of society who respond enthusiastically for the training as well as the counseling.
Caring for the Mentally Impaired: The volunteers of Family International work with the local charities and visit the centers housing the mentally impaired people. The volunteers do a great job with these children by helping them to come out of their shell. These training classes benefit their parents as well as well as the staff members of such centers. They always greet these volunteers with happy smiles. Hospitals all over Taiwan are often the scence of depression and sadness. The Family International volunteers and entertainers visit such hospitals on a frequent basis and offer counseling and light entertainment to alleviate the sufferings of the poor. The sick children are the ones who usually benefit the most from such visits by these volunteers.
Juvenile Centers: The youths detained in juvenile centers are not always criminals and can be brought back into the mainstream. The Family International volunteers conduct Bible counseling classes inside these detention centers at Taipei, Taichung, Hsinchu, and Yuanlin as well. In addition, TFI hosts English classes that feature motivational material throughout the year. Some of the juvenile centers have recognized the contribution of Family International in this regard.
Homes for the Elderly: With depression on the rise, Elderly crave attention of their children and loved ones more than ever. The volunteers at Family International take pains to ensure that they visit such homes frequently, especially during the festive seasons when they miss their loved ones the most. The children from The Family International play their part in bringing the cheer back on the faces of the Senior citizens. The schools in Taiwan celebrate important days such as Christmas, Easter, and Children’s Day. The volunteers at Family International participate in these days for spreading the message of hope.
Assistance during National Disasters: Japan experiences natural disasters on a large scale very frequently. Family International volunteers work in coordination with the relief agencies in providing immediate relief to the affected persons during disasters such as earthquakes, etc. Relief is one aspect. The other aspect is providing spiritual support through methods such as counseling and organizing other programs for the affected children. A great deal of effort was made by the Famly International during the Kobe Earthquake as well as the Mid Nigata earthquake.
The Family members in Japan specialize in delivering food packages received from various business organizations to the homeless people living in the parks as well as other public places. In addition, the members prepare food and visit the sick people at regular intervals. TFI in Japan offer counseling as well as motivation to these individuals to help them become self-sufficient.
There are many special days in the year such as Christmas, Senior Citizens and Children’s day. The Family volunteers make it a point to visit orphanages, juvenile centers, retirement homes, etc for organizing special events for children and the old alike. They encourage the participation of these unfortunate people and interact with them as well.
The Family volunteers in Japan take up such activities overseas also by supporting institutions, hospitals, as well as schools. They collect the essential requirements from donors and arrange for distributing the same among the needy people.
The Family is very active in distributing Gospel literature in Japan. They have a large stock of books as well as CDs. The members take initiatives in translating the Bible as well as other Christian literature on a range of topics like human relations, communication, child rearing etc.
TFI members also conduct Bible classes and Sunday school for the children.