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Taiwan Church News

3320 Edition

October 12 - 18, 2015

Church Ministry

 

Asian Girls Rights Alliance Launched To Win Back Gender Justice

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

On 7 October, the Asian Girls Rights Alliance(AGRA) is officially launched at Taipei. Ms. Chi Zoe, CEO of the Garden of Hope Foundation(GHF), wishes AGRA could help Asian girls break the traditional bondage imposed on them for long and set free their goodness and beauty.

 

On the so-called double tenth day, October 10, a GHF press conference, entitled as "Taiwan Girls Day vs. Changing the World Through A Politics of Women", not only kicks off with marching slogans as "Let Women Vote, Change The World", but also raises an AGRA flag pledging to fight for the girls rights around the globe.

 

According to a study of GHF, it is a horrific scandal that the problems of the child labor, female genital mutilation, children marriage, dowry death, sexual abuse, human trafficking, the limitation of women education and health care, and etc are still very prevalent among the Asian countries.

 

For example, there were 3 billions girl infants murdered in India from 2001 to 2011; about 90% of child labor engaged in house works are girls; two-fifths of women between 20 to 24 years old in Southern Asia were forced to have a marriage. GHF points out, only through an union of the concerned parties of girls' rights in Asia Pacific area, that the destiny of Asian girls could be changed.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

On October 10, 2015 at Taipei, a press conference, organized by the Garden of Hope Foundation and entitled as "Taiwan Girls Day vs. Changing the World Through A Politics of Women", officially kicks off with marching slogans as "Let Women Vote, Change The World" and raises up an AGRA flag pledging to fight for the girls' rights around the globe.

Photo by the Garden of Hope Foundation

 
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3320 Edition

October 12 - 18, 2015

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People With Cerebral Palsy Take A City Ride On Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

On 4 October, accompanied by 15 heavy-duty motorcycles of the Christian Cruiser Biker Club(CCBC), six people with cerebral palsy take a city ride in Kong-shan district of Kaohsiung City. This special event fulfills the dream of Mr. Tang Hau-wen, who has cerebral palsy for years and is now a 30-year-old member of the Kang-shan Center for the Disabled(KCD).

 

As Tang has always dreamed to take a city ride on Harley-Davidson motorcycle since he was a child, after discussion with his advisers in KCD, he decides to write a letter asking CCBC for help. Initially, due to the his disabled body, even typing an alphabet is very difficult for Tang. However, spending a whole night, he finally types an invitation letter with few lines only. In addition, he also has to work harder on his physical rehabilitation to sustain a future city ride on motorcycle.

 

Mr. Sen Chiau, leader of CCBC, expresses that he feels very hornored to help Mr. Tang Hau-wen fulfill his dream. Although the members of CCBC come from different cities and engage in versatile ways of life, they all feel strongly encouraged by the spirit of never-surrender in Mr. Tang's pursuit of his dream, said Mr. Sen Chiau.

 

Ms. Liu Chiu-yueh, director of KCD, hopes this event could encourage the disabled daring to dream the impossible for themselves. Certainly there would be many difficulties lying ahead, yet these experiences could make the disabled becoming more mature. "Our bodies are limited, though, infinite are the possibilities of life if we dare to dream!", says Ms. Liu.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Accompanied by 15 heavy-duty motorcycles of the Christian Cruiser Biker Club(CCBC), six people with cerebral palsy take a city ride in Kong-shan district of Kaohsiung City  on 4 October, 2015.

Photo by Kang-shan Center for the Disabled

 
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Taiwan Church News

3320 Edition

October 12 - 18, 2015

Editorial

 

Follow Jesus And Imitate The Life Of Christ

 

Five dimensions of an integrative mission, specified as proclaiming the gospel, cultivating the children of God, ministry of love , social reform and caring for the creation, are initially proposed by Council of World Mission(CWM) in 1998 and later accepted by a PCT mission seminar as the framework of her 21st century mission policy. In addition, considering the plural-religious contexts in Taiwan, an extra dimension as "the gospel and culture" is specially included by PCT. Therefore, six dimensions of mission become PCT's fundamental perspectives of the 21st century mission. Especially, when the dimension of cultivating the children of God is considered, it is the most important engine to empower the religious education of PCT.

 

Retrieving the 150 years' mission history in Taiwan, at this very particular moment to commemorate PCT150, we find our forebear missionaries, like Dr. James Maxwell, Rev. Thomas Barclay, Rev. William Douglas, Rev. George MacKay and etc, were all so bravely humble to imitate the selfless love of Christ. For the sake of the gospel, they left their comfortable zone, practiced an obedient life and came to a never chartered island - Taiwan. Through establishing the hospitals, setting up the schools and building up the churches island-wide, these pioneering missionaries served a comprehensive ministry caring for the body, mind and soul of the Taiwanese.

 

The vision of the third Sunday of every October, now named as "Day of Church Education Ministry" (previously known as World Sunday School Day, but name-changed in a resolution by the 56th PCT General Assembly) in PCT's annual calendar, is to build up an education ministry of cultivation and discipline for a Christian faith ensuring that such a faith could be appropriately proclaimed in every generations.

 

The formation of a Christian's spiritual life begins from the first phase as "to learn", and then "to do", finally in the phase as "to be" sharing the fragrant lives of a Christian. But it's quite a paradox in our current ecclesiastic education, on the one hand, we instruct our children that the chief end in life is to glorify God and to enjoy him; on the other hand, we implicitly allow our children to be absent from the church assembly or Sunday service with the excuse of attending a cram class. Does this phenomenon suggest that we, as the critical successor of the Christian faith in the family, no more insist the core values of the Christian faith? This is a really serious issue deserving our sincere reflection as it would cause our children to overlook or even contempt the importance of faith!

 

Religious education is the very foundation to carry on a pious faith. The way how a Christian predecessor lives out her imitated life of Christ is just like the rain could revive a dried-up desert. Just like the words Paul had written to the believers in the early churches: "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ"(1 Corinthians 1:1), "Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you"(Philippians 4:9), these are sincere advices to us to live a Christ-imitated life like Paul and pleased to God. Dear sisters and brothers! The responsibility of education ministry within the church does not rest on any people other than those who have determined to follow Jesus and imitate the life of Christ.

 
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3320 Edition

October 12 - 18, 2015

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Celebrating PCT150, A Wooden Cross Is Carried To Set Up At The Summit Of Yushan Mt.

 

Reported by Lin Jia-jin

 

From October 5 to 7, an event entitled "Take Up the Cross to Climb Mt. Yushan - Clean Up Mountain and Receive Lord's Blessings" is held by PCT Preparatory Committee for PCT150 at central Taiwan area. A team of 38 PCT members, recruited from PCT General Assembly Office, Taichung presbytery and central Bunun presbytery, carry the 26 kg wooden cross sculptured by the nationally acclaimed Art Master Chang Jin, climbing up to the summit of Yushan and presenting the cross as a sacrifice to God.

 

This heavy wooden cross is carried alternatively by deacon Tien chin-chen and elder Yibi Iskakafute of Wang-shan church from central Bunun presbytery. When the team is lined up and marched after the cross, there is a touching emotion ineffably rising from the bottom of everyone's heart. Along our way up to Yushan summit, some other mountain hikers are very surprised to see the cross at such high altitude and ask taking photographs with the cross.

 

In the dawn on October 7, the PCT members successfully reach the summit of Yushan. A thanks-giving service is held by Rev. Lin Jin-soun, Moderator of PCT Taichung presbytery, inviting Rev. Chuan Cheng-kung to pray in the Bunun language. Evangelist Chuan Tsai-yun, who specially comes from Hokkaido to attend this mountain-climbing event, prays in the Japanese. Finally, Rev. Lin asks every PCT members raising up their hands to pray and bless Taiwan. Afterwards, a sublime chorus of pasibutbut by the elders of central Bunun presbytery at the Yushan summit inspires everyone with a wonderful praise to God.

 

While everybody takes the opportunity to photograph with the wooden cross at the summit of Yushan in the altitude of  3,952 meter, Rev. Supina Nakaisulan, secretary of PCT Indigenous Mission Committee, especially demonstrates a flag for "Taiwan Independence" proclaiming Taiwan is an independent and sovereign state blessed by God. This is the will of the Taiwan people, speaking out loud by Lord's loyal servants at this historical moment of PCT150.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Photos by Lin Jia-jin

 
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3320 Edition

October 12 - 18, 2015

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PCT Pays Tribute To Rev. John Whitehorn's Pioneering Ministry For The Aboriginal In Taiwan At His 90-Years-Old Birthday

 

Reportd by Tsai Yi-san at Cambridge, UK

 

On October 10, on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan(PCT),  Rev. Fang Lang-ting - President of Taiwan Church Press -  flies to UK visiting the retired missionary Rev. John Whitehorn and celebrates his 90-years-old birthday at Cambridge. Together with two PCT youth, Ms Tsai Yi-san and Ms Chen Hong-yu, Rev. Fang presents Rev. Whitehorn three gifts from Taiwan: the high mountain tea, a key-ring with the emblem of "Bush in the Fire" commemorative of PCT150 and a birthday card signed by many pastors from PCT Pai-wan presbytery.

 

As a missionary, Rev. John Whitehorn was assigned to Taiwan from 1951 to 1970. In his 19 years' service, most of the time he devoted his energy in translating the Bible and the hymnal into the aboriginal Pai-wan language. At times, he also served as an English secretary in PCT General Assembly Office and once acted as the Deputy President for the Yushan Theological College and Seminary - a PCT seminary especially established for the indigenous peoples in Taiwan. His many colleagues and students still miss him very much and feel indebted to his pioneering ministry of translating the bible for the aboriginal.

 

Three visitors from Taiwan, including Rev. Fang, are well received with hospitality by Rev. Whitehorn and his wife - Mrs Elizabeth Whitehorn. With an age of 90-years-old, though, Rev. Whitehorn still has a very vivid memory about his ministry in Taiwan and frequently asks Elizabeth to fetch some archives to tell the story further. When our talks turns to how the Bible was translated into the Pai-wan language, Rev. Whitehorn stands up excitedly, walks slowly to his desk and takes up one Pai-wan Bible to share his stories with us. Elizabeth told us, up to now, John still keeps a regular habit of reading the Pai-wan Bible.

 

To appreciate the historical contributions of Rev. John Whitehorn's ministry for the aborigiinal in Taiwan, together with a purpose of calling more evangelical workers to join Missio Dei, Taiwan Church Press plans to publish his autobiography at the 70th anniversary of the indigenous mission at Pai-wan presbytery in 2016.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

On 10 October, PCT pays tribute to Rev. John Whitehorn's pioneering ministry for the aboriginal in Taiwan and celebrates his 90-years-old birthday with Mrs Elizabeth Whitehorn(sitting right in front) at Cambridge, UK.

Photo by Fang Lang-ting

 
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Taiwan Church News

3319 Edition

October 5 - 11, 2015

Editorial

 

Seeking Economic Justice In An Age Of Inequality

 

Recent international events for Taiwan society are no more impressive than economic slowdown, Syria's civil war, aggression of ISIS and the exodus of those middle east refugees. As there are no direct impact on Taiwan of those issues like ISIS expansion and the refugee problems, the economic slowdown becomes the most urgent issue for Taiwan society due to an aging population and the related change of population structure. Some scholar even sternly warns that the government will be bankrupted for sure in a near future, if the pension problem could not be effectively solved! If this prophecy came true, it would definitely be a great disaster for Taiwan and her next generations.

 

To maintain a sustainable life for us and our children on this island, how can we allow the outdated and unreasonable pension system undermining our ways of lives? We don't have to play the blame game toward those retirees from the public sector, as they had been worked diligently hard contributing their best services to this country when their wages were quite meager after WWII. Those strange phenomenons of current unreasonable high pension, for example that some retirees even receive higher pension than their past salary before retirement, are due to a wrong policy. If those retirees with unreasonably high pension could organize to negotiate with the government, settling down an ideal income replacement ratio, then the pension crisis could have the chance to be solved. Otherwise, the future of Taiwan and the prospects of the economics and well-beings would become very worrying.

 

Due to frequent news of lay-off recently, together with the official statistics about the increase of involuntary unemployment, it is very obvious that Taiwan economics is going down! According to an up-paid leave statistics by Ministry of Labor, published on 11 October 2015, " The number of companies that practice un-paid leave in September reaches 26 with 1,233 people affected. Compared with 669 people of un-paid leave in August, the affected people(1,233) in September increased 84%. ... The number of un-paid leave in September reaches a record high in last 19 months".

 

After Taiwan's giant financial conglomerates have kidnapped the government, relegating those elected officials as their mafia escorts, prevalent are those "rogue economics" symptoms in Taiwan society: the government dared to confiscate the land of the people with cheap price via the administrative power, allow the construction company to acquire the land through legal process and shamelessly sell those confiscated lands or realty in high price. Facing the chaos resulted from this rogue economics, it reminds us a similar scenario occurred in the biblical age of the prophet Isaiah: the Israelite broke the covenant with God, the rich grabbed the inherited land of the poor in greed, and lots of people lost their house and lands to become the slaves.

 

Against this horrible injustice, God had warned us through the prophet Isaiah: "Ah, you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you, and you are left to live alone in the midst of the land! The Lord of hosts has sworn in my hearing: Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant. For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield a mere ephah." These words of the Bible is a great reminder for us about the future of Taiwan!

 

The miserable picture prophesied by the prophet Isaiah is never the option we would like to see in Taiwan, however, seeking economic justice in an age of inequality is always our common task and an ultimate concern!


 


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