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Taiwan Church News

3245 Edition

May 5 - May 11, 2014

Headline News

 

To Serve Eastern Taiwan With More Love, A Brand New Medi-Care Building Of Mackay Memorial Hospital Taitung Branch Is Opened!

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

After 2 years of building and installation, the brand new medic-care building, named as Grace House, affiliated to Mackay Memorial Hospital Taitung Branch(MMHTB), is formally opened on 1 May 2014. PCT church leaders, Mackay Memorial Hospital officials and Taitung County Magistrate attend this excited moment to witness God's wonderful blessing and grace to Eastern Taiwan.

 

Over 27 years, MMHTB has relentlessly offered her medic-care service to the people lived in Easter Taiwan and off-islands. Seeing the increasing demands for critical care and emergency treatment from the local people, MMHTB decided to construct a new medic-care building to respond and witness God's enduring love in Eastern Taiwan.

 

Rev. Lo Ren-quei, PCT General Assembly Moderator, delivers his sermon, titled as "The Will of God Is Always in My Heart", encouraging the staff of MMHTB do their best to serve with love, care and faith from God to overcome kinds of challenges and difficulties.

 

Mrs. Chen Shu-chu, a vegetable seller in common market yet a famous Taiwanese philanthropist who was granted Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012, also attends the opening ceremony of this new medic-care building. She is appreciated and honored by her generous donation, a money reward from Magsaysay Award - US$ 50,000, to MMHTB.

 

Dr. Wang Gon-liang, the newly-elected President of MMHTB, who is specialized in the women cancer treatment, promises to invest more medical resources, facilities with quality physicians and nurses, in order to reach the goal of this new medic-care building: Treat the emergency case immediately, and serve the local demand on critical care!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Church leaders, MMH hospital officials and Taitung Magistrate jointly open the New Building - "Grace House" on 1 May 2014.

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

Mrs. Chen Shu-chu (center) attends the opening ceremony.

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

Dr. Wang Gon-liang(right) receives the new job as President of MMHTB.

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3243 Edition

April 21 - April 27, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

PCT General Assembly Pays Tribute To Lin I-hsiung's Hunger Strike

 

Reported by Lin Jia-chin

 

Regarding the anti-nuclear hunger strike beginning from April 22nd of former Chairman of Democratic Progress Party(DPP) - Mr. Lin I-hsiung, the annual assembly of the 59th PCT General Assembly passes an ad hoc motion to issue an emergent statement expressing PCT's affirmation and support for Lin's determined action on April 25.

 

Rev. Ro Zen-quei, the newly elected PCT General Assembly Moderator, respects Lin's martyr-like endless hunger strike in a heavy mood: "We feel so unwilling to let Mr. Lin fast to no end. But, may God lead him in peace. May his hunger strike to wake up our government on Taiwan's nuclear safety."

 

PCT General Assembly also urges PCT presbyteries and members to attend kinds of anti-nuclear activities, including Run Away From Nuclear road running event on April 26, Anti-Nuclear Fast and Prayer Sessions in each presbytery and various kinds of civil disobedience events.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev. Ro Zen-quei, PCT General Assembly Moderator(2nd from left), and Rev. Lyim Hung-tiong, PCT Genral Secretary(3rd from left), holding PCT flag with burning bush emblem and signatures from many PCT pastors, pay their tribute and support to Lin I-hsiung's endless hunger strike.

 

Rev. Ro Zen-quei, PCT General Assembly Moderator(2nd from left), Elder Lee Sheng-hsiung(left most in gray suit) and Rev. Lyim Hung-tiong, PCT Genral Secretary(3rd from left), shaking hands with Lin I-hsiung to express PCT's tribute at Gi-kon Presbyterian Church on April 25th.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 

 
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3243 Edition

April 21 - April 27, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

Say No To Ecological Devastation, Rotam CropSciences Is Strongly Protested In Xinhua, Tainan

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

Rotam CropSciences Ltd, ranked as the 8th agrochemicals manufacturer around the globe, was strongly protested at her new plant's construction ceremony at Xinhua by local people and Tavocam Green Environment Alliance on April 1st.

 

Because the major products of Rotam CropSciences are crops growth regulators, plant nutrients and veterinary chemicals, which are highly toxic agrocheimicals like herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and etc, local people and environment group worry very much about the unpredictable risk of possible toxic pollution on air, water, land and life once Rotam CropSciences is allowed to construct her plant and start production.

 

Tainan Mayor, Lai Chin-der, said on April 17 that Rotam CropSciences is legally allowed to build up her factory buildings according to the routine procedure applied to all manufacturers. But, Lai explained further that the approval of factory building is absolutely different from the permission of plant operation. On April 18, forced by more and more pressure and dissident voices from local citizens and environmental groups, the licence of Rotam's factory building is annulled by Mayor Lai as it is found expired. And Mayor Lai pledges to keep a watch on this case, once there is any possibility leading to deadlyl pollution, he would never approve the plant operation.

 

In the evening on April 18, an Anti Rotam CropSciences assembly is held by Tavocam Green Environment Alliance at the plaza of the Wu-der Temple at Xinhua, about 3500 people take part in this environment-protecting event. Rev. Chang Li-fu, Pastor of Xinhua Presbyterian Church, also attended this assembly with his congregation members to express their concern about this homeland.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


With a headband, meaning protecting the future, young men, child and mother assemble together to voice their protest and express their determination to protect their own homeland - Taiwan!

 

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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3243 Edition

April 21 - April 27, 2014

Headline News

 

 

Lin I-hsiung Starts An Endless Hunger Strike To Abolish The Fourth Nuclear Power Plant

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

On April 22, Earth Day, in a pledge: Do the Democracy! Abolish the Fourth Nuclear Plant!, Mr. Lin I-hsiung in his age of 73 years old starts an endless hunger strike. It seems he has made up his mind to demonstrate his silent but strongest protest against the despotic bumbling of KMT regime, led by President Ma Ying-jeou, as the place he proceeds his hunger strike, though now a church, is his old house where his mother and twin daughters were heinously murdered by professional killer on February 28th 1980.

 

After delivering a short press conference to the media, stressing the nuclear safety assured by Ma Ying-jeou regime is absolutely a cheating trick, Lin starts his hunger strike in silence from around 11:30 am on April 22 with the prayer from Rev. Hsu Chen-dau and the blessings from Buddhist Master Shi Chao Hwei.

 

In his open letter to the public, on April 21, Lin expresses that the human body is the most treasured wealth and the life is absolutely priceless. He would not risk his life to endure such an endless strike, if it is not due to the Taiwan authorities' ignoring the general will of the public, breaching the democratic values pursued in his whole life and insisting to build the Fourth Nuclear Plant with a despotic mind-set. Lin remarked that If there is any misfortune happened in his hunger strike, it is only due to "these authorities decide to kill him".

 

In an earlier open letter, released on April 15 by Chi Lin Educational Foundation, Lin straightly commented that Taiwan people had become more and more aware about the fact: the debate on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is not about whether people want electricity or not, but about the choice between life and death! Because, according to many opinion polls, there are always above 70% of the inquired people demonstrating their opposition to carry on the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

 

Lin pointed out that the contentious arguments about whether Taiwan should operate the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant has sustained for 30 years long. Now, more and more people has become acknowledged that Taiwan is not short of electricity at all and it is absolutely an unnecessary waste to carry on the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


Lin I-hsiung(front with red neckcloth) in the Gi-kong Presbyterian Church.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

Appealing to abolish the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, Lin I-hsiung starts his endless hunger strike at a corner within Gi-kong Presbyterian Church. This place, Lin could sit and meditate before a desk during his hunger strike, is also the most heinous site where his mother and twin daughters got brutally murdered on February 28, 1980.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

 
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3242 Edition

April  14 - April  20, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

Annual Meeting of PCT's 59th General Assembly Is Convened At Tainan From April 22 To 25, 2014

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

From April 22 to 25, over 650 representatives from different PCT presbyteries and local churches convened together at Tainan's Chang Jung Girls' Senior High School, working hard to discuss and evaluate various proposals within the annual meeting of PCT's 59th General Assembly. The major theme of this annual meeting reads: Stretch Deep The Root Of Gospel Into Country And Tribe! Live Out The Faith Of Church And Become The Sign Of Hope!

 

As 2014 is also the 60th memorial anniversary of the indigenous mission, lots of indigenous images and flavor are permeated in many programs of this annual meeting agenda, like opening ceremony, morning prayer, indigenous ministry workshop, the evening of the indigenous culture, the demonstration booth of the indigenous ministry and etc.

 

In order to let Taiwan churches in different denominations to learn the contents and agenda of PCT's annual meeting, a press conference is held by Rev. Cheng Yin-er (PCT's Associate General Secretary) for the church media, including Taiwan Church Press, Christian Tribune, Kingdom Revival Times, Christian Daily and New Eyes Television.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Press conference is held by Rev. Cheng Yin-er(PCT's Associate General Secretary, center in red vest) to inform the public about the content and agenda of the 2014 annual meeting of PCT's 59th General Assembly.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 

 
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3241 Edition

April  7  - April  13, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

Tashi Tsering Share The Tibetans' Pursuit For Independence And Freedom

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

On April 7th, in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the self-immolation of Chen Nan-jung, a very famous human rights activist and thinker, Tashi Tsering - Chairman of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Taiwan - was invited by Taiwan Association for Human Rights(TAHR) to share the story of Tibetans' struggles and dreams after the validation of "Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet": how China sent into the troops and occupy Tibet? how the authoritarian ruling was set up? and etc.

 

Tashi Tsering remarked that, before China's bloody invasion, Tibet is an independent country over 2,000 years in human history. Now through continuous military oppression and large volume immigrants, China wishes to subordinate the Tibetans with population and educational brain-wash. In order to get a stricter control, the Tibetans are requested to waive their nomadic style and adapt themselves to apartment life. People are not free to travel or relocate, unless with documents to prove. Especially, to censor the thought of the common people, the religious freedom is severely restricted: the picture of the world-reputed Dalai Lama is forbidden to hang out publicly, the incarnation inheritance of Renpoche and Lama is intervened, and etc.

 

Tashi Tsering, who has come and lived in Taiwan for 15 years, said he does not hate the Chinese who love freedom and democracy. But he dislike the regime of China Communist, because they are against human rights. He wishes some day his dream of Tibetan independence could came true and he could go back home. He also expresses his appreciation for the assistance from Taiwan's NGO, helping the Tibetan exiles to organize and develop on this island. He felt very much encouraged and inspired by the democratic Sunflower Student Movement. Finally, he apprises the wonderful democratic legacy bequeathed from the freedom fighters, like Cheng Nan-jung, that we could learn and treasure such precious gift!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Tashi Tsering(Left in blue vest) shares the struggling stories of the Tibetan people after signature of the so-called "Seventeen Point Agreement" between China and Tibet on May 23, 1951.

 

Photo by Simon Lin


 


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