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3374 Edition

October 24 - 30, 2016

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Changhua Christian Hospital Sends Medical Team To Papua New Guinea

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

To support Taiwan's diplomatic policy with medical service and education, Changhua Christian Hospital(CCH) sent a medical team into the province of East New Britain of Papua New Guinea from October 10 to 18. Many members of CCH medical team were deeply appreciated to the warm reception and kind patronage during their stay at Nonga Hospital. Superintendent Yap of Nonga Hospital even wished to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and develop a long term relationship with CCH.

This special medical mission, led by Ms Kao Hsiao-ling (chief executive officer of CCH's International Medical Center), were composed doctors and nurses across different CCH medical fields: e.g. otolaryngology - head & neck surgery, community medicine, colon and rectal surgery. Especially, Ms Janet Yaki, the founder of Colotomy Association and a long term partner of CCH at Papua New Guinea, was also recruited to share colotomy nursing techniques and how to use colotomy pouch at Nonga Hospital.

Except proceeding medical diagnostics and clinical medicine education at Nonga Hospital, CCH's medical mission also held many theme-speeches, including disease and prevention of metabolism; new techniques of prevention and nursing of neck-head cancer; recent operational development of rectal cancer and etc., receiving many enthusiastic responses from Nonga Hospital's medical doctors and nurses.

Under the arrangement of Nonga Hospital, Ms Kao Hsiao-ling also visited Mr Wilson Matava, acting provincial administrator of East New Britain. She also accepted both interviews by a radio station and a local newspaper - Post Courier, sharing CCH's past medical ministries for Papua New Guinea since 2005 and the history and future of a medical joint-venture with Nonga Hospital.

In a thanks-giving and farewell party, CCH donated 1,000 pcs of ostomy pouch and plentiful patient instructions on colotomy care to the Nonga Hospital to help more people in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Hu Chi-pin, representative of Trade Mission of Taiwan in Papua New Guinea, was also invited to witness this special diplomatic mission achieved by CCH for Taiwan.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Changhua Christian Hospital's doctor delivered a clinical inspection at Nonga Hospital in New East Britain province of Papua New Guinea. This is a medical mission in Papua New Guinea since 2005.

Photo by Changhua Christian Hospital

 
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October 24 - 30, 2016

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PCT Supports Taiwan Aboriginal Peoples Recovering Their Rights And Autonomy

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

To respond President Tsai Ing-wen's official apology to the Taiwanese aboriginal peoples and formal recognition of their status as the owners of this island, the 61st PCT General Assembly solemnly delivered a resolution, entitled as "PCT Supports Taiwan Aboriginal Peoples Recovering Their Rights And Autonomy" and passed in the 4th representatives meeting on October 18, to the public on a press conference held at Legislative Yuan in the morning on October 21.

Many PCT church leaders, including Rev Sudu Tada(Moderator of PCT General Assembly), Rev Lyim hong-tiong(PCT General Secretary), Ms Kawlo Iyun Pacidal(NPP legislator), Ms 'Eleng Tjaljimaraw(PCT Associate General Secretary), Rev Ljegean(Dirctor of PCT Indigenous Mission Committee), Rev Dr Pusing Tali(President of Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary), Rev Zeng Kuo-chung(Director of PCT Church and Society Committee), Mr Yohani Lsqaqavut(former Minister of Council of Indigenous Peoples) and Rev Omi Wilang, all attended this significant press conference.

Rev Sudu Tada stressed, in order to liberate all aboriginal peoples from a slavery status for 40 years long and prompt them acknowledge they were the real owners of this island, PCT had always stood by the aboriginal peoples focusing on issues of justice and compassion from the second half of last century. "We are the master of this land!", remarked Rev Sudu Tada. We have to say no to political manipulation or sell our votes for money, and we need a substantial policy for aboriginal people, urged Rev Sudu Tada. Only through such efforts, can the aboriginal peoples' history be recognized and incorporated into our mainstream culture, in addition Taiwan could become a truly normalized country!, he said.

Rev. Lyim Hung-tiong read word by word of the resolution statement, "PCT Supports Taiwan Aboriginal Peoples Recovering Their Rights And Autonomy", in the press conference. As the rulings of all Taiwanese aboriginal peoples before the invasion of previous colonial powers were autonomy actually, this is the reason why PCT used the word of "recovering" instead of the fashionable "transitional justice", expressed Rev. Lyim. In the mean time, the word "recovering" suggested aboriginal rights and autonomy was given from God.

The structure of PCT's resolution statement of "Support Taiwan Aboriginal Peoples Recovering Their Rights And Autonomy" is divided into three parts: the first part affirms the aboriginal peoples is the subject of Taiwan history and approves President Tsai's apology; the second part stresses PCT's resolute pursuit for justice and her determination to stand by the aboriginal peoples as the poor and marginalized; the third part describes a common vision and framework that Taiwan church could humbly work with the aboriginal peoples inside the church or amid Taiwan society.

Rev. Lyim emphasized that justice and reconciliation were two inseparable sides of one true coin. Neither could be abolished to stress the other side of them only. In other words, before reconciliation, truth has to be found out and history needs to be checked into details. Therefore, PCT could not accept or stand by any religious assembly, in the name of "ethnic reconciliation", trying not to touch those painfully unjust yet true histories happened in Taiwan. Such religious rituals masqueraded as a cheap grace absolutely went against the spirit of Christian faith, harshly criticized Rev Lyim.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Pledging to support Taiwan aboriginal peoples recovering their rights and autonomy, PCT held a press conference at Legislative Yuan in the morning on October 21.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Speaking For The Voiceless Is The Responsibility Of The Church, Says Prof Wolfgang Huber

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

In the afternoon on October 23, a theological lecture, entitled as "Why ethics? Take the ethical perspectives of Bonhoeffer as an example", was held at Barclay Memorial Church of Tainan Presbytery. In a joint project to commemorate Reformation 500 by PCT General Assembly and South & North Press, famous Christian ethicist Prof Wolfgang Huber was invited as the speaker of this lecture.

The main issue of Prof Huber's lecture focused on the relationship between the church and ethics. He pointed out that a Christian life should be responsible and the faith of the church is therefore a responsibility. "The church is not an independently self-sufficient organization, but a fellowship closed knitted with the society. The church has to be the voice of the voiceless, And this is our responsibility!", said Prof Huber.

As an ethics professor in the University of Heidelberg and a member of Germany's Ethics Council, Prof Huber pointed out straight forward in the beginning of his lecture that there were indeed various ethics theories depending on different cultures and contexts, though, we human being came to face more common problems under the impact of globalization. "Look at the original place of our daily goods, you can see we are not living in a closed world", said Prof Huber, in particular the popularity of internet and digitalization would further blur the border lines among nations and bring up more economical problems.

Huber remarked, our responsibility toward the other would increase, especially when our economics were greatly influenced by the internet and the unbound space became increasingly scaled down. "We are living in an age that you are unable to escape bumping into another culture", said Huber, adding that the challenges from the field of ethics would naturally multiply as the biological sciences kept re-writing human's definition about what the life is.

So, what is the criteria of ethics? Huber indicated the point should be placed on "a thought in advance". The sense of responsibility is not only to focus on "now", but also a perspective about "future" founded on the concept of "sustainability". "If the consequences of what we do now could not be figured out, then we have to watch out!", said Huber. He took the example of current Germany's policy to abolish all nuclear powers as an understanding that the potential nuclear devastation is beyond any affordable compensation, especially the horrific results of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was such an apocalyptic revelation.

As to the question, how to face our ethical challenges theologically, Huber suggested the church have to think deep about what kind of impact brought by the Reformation ethics. It seemed there were two kinds of ethics existent in the world: the secular selfish ethics vs the divine altruistic ethics, said Huber. But the real problem was that every person is equal in the eye of God, said Huber, and it cast doubt this division of ethics generated from the Reformation.

What is the solution to solve this parochial ethical divisions since the Reformation? Considering about a major question, i.e. how to let our next generations live on? , three points extracted especially from the prison letters of Bonhoeffer were concluded by Prof Huber: (1) religion[faith] is not an independent dimension of life, but lived in our daily lives; (2) the messages of the Bible should not be confined within the church's wall only, but has to go beyond and share with the world; (3) the church should not live for self's sake, but live for the other to become a true Christian church!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Prof Wolfgang Huber(left in white), delivered a Reformation 500 theological lecture, entitled as "Why ethics? Take the ethical perspectives of Bonhoeffer as an example", at Barclay Memorial Church of Tainan Presbytery in the afternoon on October 23.

Photograph by Chen Yi-hsuan

 
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A Grand Parade For Tainan Peace Day On 20 October 1895

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

In order to let Taiwan society re-experience the critical date - 20 October 1895 - in Tainan's history, acknowledge the values of peace, learn more about this home land and generate a deeper semse of identity toward this island, a grand parade for Tainan Peace Day was officially launched at National University of Tainan Affiliated Elementary School on 20 October 2016. This grand parade, commemorating of Tainan Peace Day via kinds of poetic and dramatic events and trying to revive that very day's anxiety facing an unknown fate, marched along Ta-tung Road and reached the destination of Ching Wang Temple of Ersing Li Community at Rende District of Tainan City.

In 1895, China's Ching Dynasty lost Taiwan to Japan in the treaty of Shimonoseki. Tainan seemed soon to be taken over by force, when Japanese troops marched southbound across Taiwan island. Because Mr Liu Yong-fu, the last president of Republic of Formosa, fled to China to avoid a caught by the Japanese soldiers in October, Tainan nobility and businessmen asked the respectable Rev Thomas Barclay and Rev Duncan Ferguson to deal with the Japanese army before a devastating attack could be launched anytime.

On 20 October 1895, Rev Thomas Barclay, Rev Duncan Ferguson and some Tainan citizens, walking southbound off Tainan with a document of commission by those anxious and frightened citizens, finally met the Japanese army commander general Nogi Maresuke and negotiated a peaceful entrance of the Japanese soldiers for Tainan. Next day, as agreed in a previous meeting for peace, Tainan citizens were spared a brutal bloodshed and a very likely devastating destruction when the Japanese army trampled down the city.

After 121 years, this amazing event for Tainan's peace was once again commemorated synchronously by many church institutes and citizen groups on 20 October 2016. Faculties and students of Tainan Theological College and Seminary held a commemorative service on the site of Rev Thomas Barclay's previous house to remember his versatile and pioneering contributions on Christian ministries, be it on negotiating peace, training missionary, educating students, printing newspaper and Bible translation.

In that evening, around National University of Tainan Affiliated Elementary School, an open assembly in the form of outdoor drama was taken place to re-experience the anxiety felt by Tainan citizens facing an unstoppable and uncontrollable destiny. Many citizen groups and church institutes, including Culture and Arts Foundation of Tainan Enterprise, Sustainable Management Association of Barclay Memorial Park, Barclay Memorial Church, Taiwan Church Press, Chu-ting Taiwan and Chang Jung Strategic Academy were sponsored to organize this extraordinary event - "Commemorate Tainan Peace Day, Revive That Lost Memory".

To play again the journey of that historic marching for peace, led by Rev Thomas Barclay, Rev Ducan Ferguson and some Tainan citizens on 20 October 1895, Rev Lo Ren-quei(pastor of Barclay Memorial Church) played Rev Thomas Barclay, Rev Lee Ren-yu(Moderator of Tainan Presbytery) played Rev Duncan Ferguson and many other guests played Tainan citizens in traditional clothes with handy lamps when the grand parade was ready to launch from Small South Gate(modern-day National University of Tainan Affiliated Elementary School).

Later they walked along Ta-tung Road, in a direction southbound for Rende District, finally they reached at Ching Wang Temple of Ersing Li Community where a play of meeting the Japanese general Nogi Maresuke was performed to revive the historical event of peace-seeking.

Mr Wu Chung-chin, chief of Ersing Li Community, appreciated the historical meaning brought out by this grand parade for Tainan Peace Day. He also expressed his thanks toward the support from so many citizen groups and church institutes, especially to Rende District Bureau Office and Ching Wang Temple.

Mr Yeh Chong-li, chief executive officer of Culture and Arts Foundation of Tainan Enterprise, gave his deep thanks toward the close support and supplies from local communities and various church institutes. "Hope more and more people know the true stories on our own land through such kind of historical play!", said Mr Yeh.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

A grand parade for Tainan Peace Day is ready to launch.

 

TTCS commemorates Rev Thomas Barclay's versatile and pioneering contributions on evangelical ministries, e.g. negotiating peace, training missionary, educating students, printing newspaper, Bible translation and etc.


The anxious mindset and frightened emotions of Tainan citizens before a Japanese military take over in October 1895 are lively performed by a NCKU drama club in the grand parade event.

Photos by Chen Yi-hsuan

 
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October 17 - 23, 2016

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PCT Aboriginal Presbyteries And Siraya Church Alliance Commemorated The Beginning Of Christian Mission In Taiwan Dated Back To 1627 A.D.

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

Based on a detailed historical study by an Academia Sinica scholar, Adjunct Prof Ang Kaim, the beginning of Christianity in Taiwan was dated back to 1627 A.D. when Rev Georgius Candidus, a pastor from Dutch Reformed Church, began his evangelical ministry at Siraya's native village called Sinckang Shia(modern-day Shin-sih) north of Tainan.

On October 15, a thanks-giving service remembering the beginning of Christian mission dated back to 1627 A.D. was held at Zuozhen Presbyterian Church. Within this commemorative service, many PCT aboriginal churches and their leaders were invited to attend, including PCT General Assembly(Moderator Rev. Sudu Tada), Indigenous Ministry Committee(Rev. Ljegean Tudalimao), Sirayan Church Alliance, Southern Bunun Presbytery, Western Amis Presbytery and Tayal Presbytery.

According to Prof Ang, Dutch missionaries after Rev Georgius Candidus carried on their evangelical ministries and even baptized 6,000 people in Tainan area. Such amazing evangelical outcomes attracted notices from British church and society then. And some Dutch missionaries were invited to deliver their witness at Taiwan for the British people.

After their arrival on Taiwan in the middle of 19 century, many Scottish and Canadian missionaries came to find that many Dutch missionaries had already preached to the area from Tainan to Ping-tung as a major focus. In addition, the evangelical ministries also expanded to Siraya's Sinckang and even Bunun villages, said Prof Ang. This was why some Scottish missionaries turned to cooperate with Dutch Reformed Church, e.g. Rev. William Campbell started to translate previous Dutch studies into English for ministry's sake, said Ang.

"The meaning of retrieving this 389 years long period of Christian evangelical missions in Taiwan, dated back to 1627 A.D., is not only to extend our historical sense of time on the origin of Taiwan Christianity, but also to appreciate God's amazing grace behind human history!", remarked Prof Ang, because the time when God entered into Taiwan's literal history was just the timing of the first ever recorded literature - Romanized Sinckang literature and documents - delivered on Taiwan island.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

A thanks-giving service remembering the beginning of Christian mission dated back to 1627 A.D. was held at Zuozhen Presbyterian Church On October 15, 2016.

Photo by Chen Yi-fan

 
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Rev Thomas Barclay And Rev Duncan Ferguson Remembered In A Tainan Peace Parade

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

For Tainan, the most populous and important city of southern Taiwan in 19th century, 20th October 1895 is a historical date about her fate. A seemingly inevitable bloody fighting, ready to be launched by the Japanese military forces to take over Tainan after Qing dynasty's signature of the treaty of Shimonoseki, was finally negotiated with a peaceful outcome. This remarkable peaceful achievement is attributed to the courage and wisdom of two Scotland missionaries: Rev Thomas Barclay And Rev Duncan Ferguson who were commissioned by local businessmen and nobility to avoid a possible brutal killing and belligerent devastation.

To let Taiwan society acknowledge and learn more about this historical story, a parade remembering Tainan Peace Day was held at Tainan on 20 October 2016. Many organizations and renown guests, including Tainan Theological College and Seminary(chief secretary Mr Lin Wen-tze), Chang Jung Girls' High School(principal Tsai Yu-ming), Chang Jung High School(former principal Tsai Chung-hsiung), Culture and Arts Foundation of Tainan Enterprise(Mr Yeh Chong-li), Chu-Ting Tông(Director Wang Tse-soh), Ersing Li Community Development Association(president Wu Chong-ching and general secretary Kuo Ching-long) and Ta-chia Elementary School(principal Ru Che-chong) and etc, were invited to join this commemorative parade with a traditional Taiwanese dress which was a common wear in 1895.

At the destination of this parade, now called Ching Wang Temple, where two Scotland missionaries met the Japanese commander general Nogi Maresuke, a series of tutorial activities were held to explain the historical details for the public. Noteworthy were that several manual printing plates with images, like Rev Thomas Barclay, the first printing machine of Taiwan Church press and Thomas Barclay Memorial Church, were manufactured by Tang Fu Printing Museum and installed at site for remembering those peaceful contributions made by missionaries, church and media.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev Dr Thomas Barclay is remembered and thumbed up as " A Man Dedicated His Whole Life And Love To Formosa" before a tutorial board set up at the destination of Tainan Peace Parade on 20 October 2016.

 

Children and adolescence have fun in learning manual print of the images like Rev Thomas Barclay, the first printing machine of Taiwan Church press, Thomas Barclay Memorial Church and etc.

Photos by Culture and Arts Foundation of Tainan Enterprise

 


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