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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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Taiwan Church News

3386 Edition

January 16 - 22, 2017

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The First Ever Chinese Translation On Deaf Liberation Theology Is Released

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

Blessed with a generous support from both Tainan Theological Seminary and College(TTCS) and MacKay & Lin Huei-chen Culture and Education Foundation, the first ever Chinese translation on Deaf Liberation Theology was published by Taiwan Sign Language Evangelical Center(TSLEC) in December 2016. Being translated from «Deaf Liberation Theology», written by Rev Dr Hannah Lewis, this newly released Chinese version is intended to urge more able people to care for the ministry for the deaf in Taiwan church.

A few years ago, through an occasional encounter with an outdated book in TTCS's library, Mr Hwang Hong-jen - a TTCS theological student sent to serve in TSLEC then - was astonished to find that the western church's ministries to the deaf had been existed for generations and so comprehensive. As that old book's publishing house was no more existed, a TSLEC's translation plan to promote the deaf ministry in Taiwan church was halted.

Due to TSLEC's pursuing interest to find a comprehensive literature introducing the ministry for the deaf up to date, Mr Lin Bi-tang, another theological student of TTCS and also an intern evangelist of TSLEC, finally found in TTCS's library the book of Deaf Liberation Theology which is thought an ideal reader for Taiwan church.

Under the fervent translation by a team of theological students, including Wang Mei-su, Chen Wei-jen, Chen Jia-jia and etc, the first ever Chinese translation on deaf liberation theology was released in last December!

In the Chinese preface of this new book, Rev Dr Hannah Lewis - author of the «Deaf Liberation Theology» and a deaf person herself - expressed that the original purpose of this book, written in 2007, was not only to inspire the deaf to develop their own theologies but also expect more able people in the church can read and further reflect their relationships with the deaf in order to become their partners in the deaf liberation theologies!

Illustrating a tragically biased resolution, made by the Second International Congress on Education of the Deaf in 1880 and also mentioned in Rev Dr Lewis' book, as banning sign language from the classroom, Rev Chen Yu-lin of TSLEC described the harms easily done by the able to the deaf in world wide history.

In order to expel such ignorance and answer an urgent calling, why Taiwan's deaf ministry is short of a break through, more informative workers and evangelists to serve in the ministry for the deaf is absolutely needed, suggested Rev Chen, adding that if the families of the deaf would like to become the deaf's guarding angels, the community of deaf fellowship could be raised up in any local church.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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Taiwan Church News

3385 Edition

January 9 - 15, 2017

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«Exploring The Stories Of Peh-Oe-Ji», A New Book Launched By NMTL And TRA

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

To introduce to Taiwan society the origin, historical development and present status of the Taiwanese Peh-oe-ji, a new book entitled as «Exploring The Stories Of The Taiwanese Peh-Oe-Ji» is co-published by National Museum of Taiwan Literature(NMTL) and Taiwan Romanization Association(TRA) recently.

Carrying this new book about Peh-oe-ji, Dr Chiung Wi-vun, a Taiwan literature professor of National Cheng Kong University, visited Rev Fang Lan-ting, President of Taiwan Church Press, on January 5. Except showcasing this book to Rev Fan with a brief introduction, Prof Chiung also reminded Taiwan churches to place more regards on their responsibility to inherit and propagate the application of the Taiwanese Peh-oe-ji in daily lives.

"This book is not only a historical record collecting various stories about Peh-oe-ji, but also a witness to an uneasy inheritance and development of such a marvelous language!", remarks Prof Chiung, adding that more dynamic activities will be promoted via games or competition in the near future to let the young generations become more familiar with the Taiwanese Peh-oe-ji.

During Prof Chiung's visit, Rev Fang Lan-ting responds that it's absolutely a holy mission beyond doubt of Taiwan Church Press to propagate the use of Peh-oe-ji in TCP's daily church journalism, especially when the mother tongue of most Taiwanese people is overlooked and even despised by some mainstream media!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Carrying this new book, «Exploring The Stories Of The Taiwanese Peh-Oe-Ji» , Dr Chiung Wi-vun, a Taiwan literature professor of National Cheng Kong University, visited Rev Fang Lan-ting, President of Taiwan Church Press, on January 5.

Except showcasing this book to Rev Fang Lang-ting(right in blue suit), Prof Chiung(left in gray suit) also reminded Taiwan churches to place more regards on their responsibility to inherit and propagate the application of the Taiwanese Peh-oe-ji in daily lives.

Photo by Chen Yi-fan

 
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3385 Edition

January 9 - 15, 2017

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Remembering Missionary Mrs Lillian Dickson, Members Of Mustard Seed International Hold Thanksgiving Service At Hualien


Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

In the afternoon on January 6, dozens of pastors, laymen, and nurses graduated from MSI(Mustard Seed International)-sponsored kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools assembled at the learning school of MSI-Hualien to discuss how to help more people with love and fulfill Jesus' order of "Love your neighbor". Next day, January 7, a thanksgiving service was also held to commemorate the marvelous contribution of the independent missionary Mrs Lillian Dickson to Taiwan society.

As a missionary, author, and public speaker, Mrs Lillian Dickson's legacy in Taiwan society is extraordinarily amazing: except setting up orphanages, children's homes for the leper patients, nursery school, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, "Furthermore her work has led to Bible college and seminary training for pastors, lay leaders and church planting teams, and medical care in clinics and hospitals" according to a 2010 report from Horizons: The Magazine For Presbyterian Women.

Noteworthy is that she also often returned to the U.S. for speaking tours until 1978 and "consistently recruited support by discussing the tremendous needs of Taiwan through interviews on television and through other media", according to an academic article by Dr Lee Jender in 2014.

Rev Lin Mao-der, pastor of Fong-bin Presbyterian Church at Amis Presbytery, encouraged the audience at his sermon during the thanksgiving service to follow the spirit of Mrs Lillian Dickson to be the loyal companions of the suffered people. Because "their pains are our pains and their problems are our problems", we should not just walk away at ease after we had lived through their pains, advised Rev Lin.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Alumni graduated from MSI-sponsored schools assembled to commemorate the contributions of Missionary Mrs Lillian Dickson at MSI's Hualien learning school on 7 January 2017.

Photo by Mustard International International

 
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3385 Edition

January 9 -15, 2017

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Seminar and Picture-Book Launch For Christian Education Are Promulgated By PCT Education Ministry Committee

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

To promulgate Christian education in PCT, two events were launched at Taipei by PCT Education Ministry Committee: a spiritual formation seminar was held at Chi-nan Presbyterian Church on January 7; a picture-book launch at Chung-shan Presbyterian Church on January 8.

Rev Liu Jin-chang, president of Presbyterian Bible College, and Dr Lin Yu-lin, chairwoman of Taiwan Association of Pastoral Counselors, were invited to address on the topic of spiritual formation at Chi-nan Presbyterian Church.

Rev Liu shared with the audience about his book, entitled as "My heart longs for my Lord" outlining a brief history on Christian spiritual formation, and disclosed his personal spiritual experience as meditating on the scripture's verses to communicate with God.

Dr Lin Yu-lin also shared how to cast a Christian spirituality via her book, entitled as "Between Man and God" describing a Trinity-Archetypal methodology: finding true self in the Bible; understanding archetypal pastoral guidance in predestination, calling and justification; realizing God’s unique blueprint as "it is no longer I who live; but it is Christ who lives in me"(Galatians 2:20).

Launched in the Chong-shan Presbyterian Church, the picture-book, entitled as "A Fool Doctor - Mr Wang Jing-ho", was published as the first volume of a series of heroic stories about Taiwan Christian leaders edited for the children and teenagers in PCT's Summer Camp Educational Materials.

The content of this picture-book described the history of how Dr Wang Jing-ho was touched by the patients' sufferings of black-foot-disease, after he opened a clinic at Tainan's Pei-men county, and how he co-operated with Dr. William Shia to serve those helpless patients with a simple heart in faith and the great enthusiasm from God!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev Liu Jin-chang(standing), president of Presbyterian Bible College, was invited to share his thoughts about Christian spiritual formation and his personal experiences in spiritual meditation and communication via the scripture's verses at Chi-nan Presbyterian Church on 7 January 2017.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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3385 Edition

January 9 - 15, 2017

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Tang De-Jhang: A Story Of Justice And Courage That We Should Never Forget

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of 228 massacre, a book launch of a Taiwanese heroic martyr entitled as «Tang De-Jhang: A Story of Justice And Courage That We Should Never Forget» was held at Tainan's Zhengda Bookstore in the evening on 6 January 2016. This special date is also remembered as the 110-year-old birthday of Mr Tang De-Jhang. Mr Tang Chong-mo, the eldest son of Tang De-Jhang, also attended this book launch to express his appreciation from the audience and Taiwan society.

Published by Japan's Kodokawa Bookstore and entitled in the Japanese as «Thou, Sacrificing For Two Mother Lands», this book was initially written by the famous independent reporter, Mr Kodota Ryusho, then translated into the Chinese and co-published by Taiwan's Yu-Shan-Sha Press. In the preface of his book, Mr Kodota Ryusho remarked straight forward that, to know today's Taiwan, the event of 228 massacre - happened on 28 February 1947 -  is absolutely a critical link too important to overlook.

Mr Lai Ching-te, Mayor of Tainan City, specially came to this book launch and paid tribute to Tang De-Jhang and his families. "Today when people commemorate such undaunted sacrifice of Tang, we should never forget his sense of justice and courage", Mayor Lai stressed. In fact, to commemorate Tang De-jhang's strenuous spirit to love and protect his beloved Taiwanese compatriots, Tainan City Government had declared annual March 13 as "Day of Justice and Couragae" since 2014.

Prof Jim Lee, a historian of National Taipei University of Education, was invited to give a brief presentation of the life and work of Tang De-jhang. Interweaving the treasured pictures, precious documents with his lucidly chronological narrative, professor Lee introduce to the audience the hard-working story of an ascending and brilliant young man yet finally ended up in a heinous KMT execution before the public without fair trial at his 40-years-old.

The most praise-worthy and heroic legacy of Tang De-jhang, as a peace-negotiating officer within the "228 Event Settlement Committee" and an elected mayor candidate of Tainan City, was his insistence on justice and peace that he would rather keep silent and burn his critical papers into ashes than release to KMT soldiers any name list of those innocent students, colleagues, and fellow citizens when he was brutally interrogated and cruelly lynched.

Mr Lee Wen-hsiung, an expert in Tainan local history and literary documents, proposed that the park where Tang De-jhang was tragically executed should become a memorial park commemorative of himself exclusively without other authoritarian statues being placed in it.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Thng Tek-chiong.jpg

Mr Tang De-Jhang

Photo from Wikipedia

 


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