Who We Are
The Tamil Christian Church of Canada (TCCC), is a community based Wesleyan Methodist church located in Toronto, Canada. We are a Canadian Christian registered charity (incorporated in 1986) with two campuses in Markham and Whitby. Our 250+ active member families consist mostly of first or second generation Canadians of South Asian background (mainly Sri Lanka and India).
Our Senior Pastor is Rev. Dr. Albert Jebanesan and Youth Pastor is Joshua Stephens. They are both supported by our Joint Board & Council that consists of lay leaders and the prayers of our entire Church family.
Our vision is Towards a Christ Centered Community and mission is to empower all generations to pursue a life long relationship with Jesus Christ, and through our witness make disciples and serve those in need in our community. In our quest to serve those in need, we have partnered with a diverse set of organizations over many years. For this year’s fundraiser, our partnership is with YGRO. YGRO has existed since 1975 and focuses on Relief Rehabilitation, Development and Holistic empowerment of the poor in Sri Lanka.
The primary objective of our Church Fair is to raise funds for the “Helping Hands” project with YGRO. This is for Phase 2 and 3 of the YGRO Dairy Development Program in Mannar, Sri Lanka. One of the many unfortunate outcomes of wat ravaged towns are the challenges for family members of broken homes to rebuild their lives. Rather than providing “free cash” without any accountability or engagement of the recipients, the Dairy Development Program focuses on empowering families to earn a sustainable monthly income to be self sufficient in the long-term. TCCC’s and YGRO’s philosophy in dairy development has been to work with dairy farmers at a micro level. This goes well beyond just providing farmers with tangible grants to develop farms. Farmer empowerment through training, awareness and exposure has been a significant feature in the dairy development strategy. The foundation has been laid through the success of Phase 1 and we are committed to continued these efforts through the next two phases.
What We Have Done
Over the years, we have been fortunate to support humanitarian and project needs locally and internationally, through Local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) where help was a desperate necessity.
International Aid / Support (few highlights partnering with local NGOs):
Tsunami Relief: $60,000
We have also provided financial support through the Canadian Red Cross and World Vision Canada for victims of natural disasters in many countries.
Our governance model does not consist merely of disbursement of mission funds. We are dedicated to have a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) that is signed by both parties with a commitment of periodic updates from NGOs and engagement with their mission team to demonstrate the true essence of partnership.
These projects have only been possible through the sacrificial support of our members and you, our local community. Canadian local businesses and well-wishers – like you, came forward to partner with in these efforts. We appreciate your support and sincerely hope that you will continue to do so in the years ahead.