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Taiwan Church News

3387 Edition

January 23 - 29, 2017

Headline News

 

Lonely Elders Greeted By Reunion Dinner In Lunar New Year's Eve

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

Based on the biblical teaching of "love your neighbor as yourself"(Luke 10:27), A Skin-Graft With Love Foundation(ASGWLF) and Changhua Christian Hospital(CCH) held a Lunar New Year's Eve Reunion Dinner with 30 tables of feast for the lonely elders on 19 January 2017. Except offering a direct and heart-felt one-by-one pick-up service for these lonely elders, ASGWLF and CCH also provided services including body-washing, hair cut, massage, and meals.

Mrs Jang Li-chu, chief executive officer of ASGWLF, expresses that the reason for carrying on holding the reunion dinner feast in the past 8 years is to care for the lonely elders and some disabled people who can seldom walk out of their houses to feel the warmth and hospitality from Taiwan society.

Mrs Hsu Ru-wen, a house-care worker of ASGWLF, shares how she becomes an experienced care worker through a period of 4 years long medical care job for his cousin due to a car accident. Now she takes care of 9 lonely elders, whose ages were old enough to be her grandpa and grandmom, and she treats them all just like her own families.

During the reunion dinner, Service Corporation Taiwan, a long-term patron of ASGWLF, also brings two musical bands, Ming-yi Saxophone Band and Flying Moon Flute Band, to entertain the elders with some good-old-day songs. Dr Chou Hsien-chan, Vice Superintendent of CCH, Mrs Jan Li-chu, and Mrs Chiu Trei-ron, cheif officer of Long Term Care Section of Public Health Bureau under Changhua County Government, jointly deliver cash and gifts to comfort the elders and wish them have a very happy lunar new year!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Dr Chou Hsien-chan(standing, left), Vice Superintendent of CCH, and Mrs Jan Li-chu(standing, right), jointly deliver cash and gifts to comfort the elders and wish them have a very happy lunar new year!


Except offering a direct and heart-felt one-by-one pick-up service for these lonely elders, ASGWLF and CCH also provided services including body-washing, hair cut, massage, and meals.

Photos by Simon Lin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3387 Edition

January 23 - 29, 2017

Church Ministry

 

To Be One In God's Love

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

A hymnal and prayer service, across the border of denomination, language, and ethnicity etc., and organized by the National Council of Churches of Taiwan(NCCT) for the purpose of Christian unity across, was held at St John Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan on 21 January 2017.

Based on the Scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:14~20, the service was jointly presented by five member churches of NCCT: the Catholic Church in Taiwan, Taiwan Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church in the Republic of China, Taiwan Lutheran Church, and the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan(PCT).

In the service, Rev. Cheng Yin-er, PCT Associate General Secretary, delivered a prayer; Rev Yeh Ching-an, secretary of PCT Ecumenical and International Committee, read the scripture; Canaan Choir of Suan-lien Presbyterian Church and Yu-Cheng Presbyterian Church Choir of Western Amis Presbytery sang their praises; Rev Dr Stephen Lakkis of Suan-Lien Presbyterian Church gave his sermon and challenged the audience a question: Do so many differentiated churches in Taiwan with not more than 5% population have a chance to be one?

On the subject of Christian unity, Rev Dr Stephen Lakkis stressed that it is not a doctrinal purity forcing everyone to drop her/his own unique characteristics of culture, identity, language, experience and tradition, but a compassionate blessing from God to treasure the amazing diversity among us; not a option of human action or choice, but a gift and expectation from Jesus Christ, because this ephemeral world need Christian unity to witness God's eternal love!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

For the hymnal and prayer service of Christian Unity Prayer Week, Yu-Cheng Presbyterian Church Choir of Western Amis Presbytery sang their praise in the St John Cathedral of Taiwan Episcopal Church on 21 January 2017.

Photo by Kang Hong-chi

 
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Taiwan Church News

3386 Edition

January 16 - 22, 2017

Church Ministry

 

To Help The Needy, Long Island Taiwanese Church Empties Bank Account Into Minus

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

Rev Lin Sek-iong, pastor of Long Island Taiwanese Church(LITC) and the former chairman of Taiwan Christian Church Council of North America, urged Taiwan churches to care for the needs of Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary(YSTCS) during his visit of PCT General Assembly Office on January 11.

According to a YSTCS audit report on financial donations to her compound building in 2015, the donation of US$ 21,500 from LITC, which had only 40 congregation members around,  was ranked the second just behind New York Taiwan Church(NYTC) which had donated US$ 23,000.

As a matter of fact, the finance of LITC is always very tight to pay their church's annual recurrent costs, remarked Rev Lin, adding that the congregation is still very willing to donate once the demands of the needy are learned. "Our bank account is not just emptied to zero, but now relegated into a minus number!", Rev Lin exclaimed in a gratifying joy.

Except giving donation to YSTCS, LITC also participates in the projects of faculty cultivation for two other PCT seminaries, engages in the ministry for those churches without pastors in eastern Taiwan, and donates the homeless ministry at Good119 Center with US$ 1,000 every month.

Noteworthy is that a routine Christmas itinerary visit caring for those US missionaries who had been served in Taiwan was practiced by Rev Lin at the United States in the past six years. He warmly welcomes PCT members or the Taiwanese overseas students to visit LITC or NYTC.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev Lin Sik-iong(second from right) visited PCT General Assembly Office and took a picture with Rev Lyim Hong-tiong(third from right), PCT General Secretary, and other PCT officials on 11 January 2017.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3386 Edition

January 16 - 22, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Fundraising Concert Raises NT$ 1.8 Million For Yu-Shan Theological College And Seminary(YSTCS)

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

As YSTCS's cash and saving is insufficient to pay for the second phase engineering of her educational compound building, a musical fundraising concert organized by MacKay Memorial Hospital was held at Taipei's Liyan's Banquet Hall on January 14.

Under a joint calling by Rev Chen Fu-chu(a retired pastor), Rev Lyim Hong-tiong(PCT general secretary), Mr Liu Bor-un( chairman of MacKay Memorial Hospital), and Dr Seh So-chuan(Superintendent of MMH), many Christian entrepreneurs were invited to attend this fundraising concert and NT$ 1.8 million was raised for YSTCS.

To build up an ideal compound for modern aboriginal theological education, YSTCS invested in this project quite a lot of money in the past years. Some recurrent costs, reserve cash, and even the budget to buy library dehumidifier were shifted to pay for the ongoing engineering project. All these things caused YSTCS a big shortage in cash flow, and once almost being unable to pay the salary to her faculty and staff.

After Taiwan Church News reported, on the head line of TCN 3380 edition, that Rev Dr Pushin Tali(president of YSTCS) was unfortunately bitten by the poisonous snake during his labor service on the campus, an anonymous Christian physician promptly donated NT$ 2.2 millions for YSTCS. And within ten days, the donations for YTCS reached NT$ 4 million. Indeed, these amazing charity did some in time relief to YSTCS's financial conundrum, but the accumulated offerings were still far away YSTCS's real demand.

Except prayer and intercession for YSTCS, Rev Lyim Hong-tiong urged PCT members to step up in practical actions to help alleviate the financial burden of YSTCS. This is because YSTCS is a theological seminary intending to send out evangelists to serve the minorities and the marginalized in Taiwan and around the world.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Student Choir of YSCTS sang for the fundraising musical concert at Taipei's Liyan's Banquet Hall on January 14.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3386 Edition

January 16 - 22, 2017

Church Ministry

 

PCT Ponders To Join Taiwan Government's Long-Term Care Network

 

Reported by Lin Jia-chin

 

To respond Taiwan's fast aging society and central government's long-term care policy 2.0 launched officially in 2017, a PCT seminar, entitled as "How Taiwan Can Help Build Taiwan Government's Long-Term Care Network", was held at Chi-nan Presbyterian Church in the afternoon on January 15.

Jointly organized by PCT Peace Foundation and Chi-nan Presbyterian Church, renown experts and lawmaker in the field of social welfare were invited to deliver their thoughts, including DPP Legislator Mrs Wu Yu-chin, Secretary Chen Mar-li of Taiwan Women's Development Association, Deputy executive officer Chang Jen-yan of PCT Peace Foundation, Director Chang Ming-miao of Suang-Lien Elderly Cente, and etc.

Many aborigines from Hua-lien and Tai-tung, pastors of non-PCT denominations, and the medical and nursery staff of MacKay Memorial Hospital were attracted to attend this seminar to learn how Taiwan church could help build a more comprehensive long-term care network. Noteworthy is the appearance of Prof Sun Der-hsiung, an experienced NTU academic of Taiwan demography, showing his great interest on this issue.

DPP Legislator Mrs Wu Yu-chin expressed that, due to a very limited budget in the past 10 years, only 25.6% of the Taiwanese understood a long-term care policy had been existed from 2007. Through launching the policy to accommodate 4 more kinds of people: dementia over 50-years-old; the disabled aborigine between 55 and 64-years-old; the disabled with handicap under 49-years-old; the disabled aged over 65-years-old, and providing more comprehensive services in three levels: A level at borough; B level at block; C level at street/lane, Tsai administration unveiled the project of "long-term care 2.0" from 2017 in order to take more care of the aged and disabled.

Regarding the problems inherent in the policy of long-term care 2.0, Mrs Wu remarked that, except the insufficiency of financial budget and human resources, the problem of finding a suitable location within the community is also a headache for current central government. And this is an opportunity for the church, observed Mrs Wu, adding that Taiwan church could help build up a better long-term care 2.0 via opening church space and provide the quality care service to the community.

Rev Chen Ming-yi, secretary of PCT Pine Life(Senior Citizens) Ministry Committee, expressed that PCT has always kept a close watch on the government's long-term care policy for years. A series of PCT assembly inviting local churches to join the government's long-term network will be launched from this March, said Rev Chen.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

In a PCT seminar, entitled as "How Church Can Help Build Taiwan Government's Long-Term Care Network", DPP Legislator, Mrs Wu Yu-chin(second from right), shared her thoughts at Chi-nan Presbyterian Church in the afternoon on January 15.

Photo by Kang Hong-chi

 
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Taiwan Church News

3386 Edition

January 16 -22, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Calligraphic Spring Festival Couplets Sent For Free By PCT Disability Welfare Service Center

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

In the morning on January 14, the Ping-Tung Disability Welfare Service Center - an affiliated organization run by PCT Ping-An Social Welfare and Charity Foundation - held a calligraphy event sending the spring festival couplets of golden chicken year for free to the people having completed a questionnaire and submitted a best-wish card for the coming lunar new year.

Mr Liu Kun-moo and Mr Chang Tien-chien, two famous calligraphers, were specially invited to write the traditional spring festival couplets for the people. Infusing biblical scriptures and spirits into the calligraphic arts, for example the characters like "Jesus Christ Is the Lord of My House", "Everything to be renewed and clothed with God's grace", and etc., the site is full of joy and happiness!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Photo by Ping-Tung Disability Welfare Service Center

 


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