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3335 Edition

Jan 25 - 31, 2016

Church Ministry

 

The Challenges Of Social Movement After Taiwan's Third Party Alternation

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

After Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) secures her absolute control of the presidential office, central government and the congress after the landslide victory of the election on 16 January 2016, it seems that the progress of critical social issues and the way how they might be reformed becomes more and more obvious on how strong the monitoring forces amalgamated from different social movements could exert?

In th evening on January 25, some leaders of different social movement in the the fields of the labor, the aboriginal peoples and the students are invited to speak in a seminar, entitled "After Party Alternation, What's Next?", in order to figure out how social movements should deal with a brand new political scenario? Instead of tolerating the former DPP administration of President Chen Shuei-bian, due to his lack of congress majority in his two terms of presidency from 2000 to 2008, a consensus is emerging that a more powerful monitoring from existent social movements is necessary.

Mr Mao Jeng-fei, representative of National Laid-Off Workers' Alliance, delivers his pessimistic views about a prospective reform on labor issues within this new government . As a matter of fact, Mao says, DPP is a right-winged capitalist party, which essence is not too much different from KMT, reminiscently proved in the privatization of Taiwan's national enterprises during the regime of President Chen Shuei-bian. "Actually, we are now prepared to fight a next war!", says Mao.

Ms Hon-Jeng Ting-huei, chairwoman of Lima Aboriginal Youth Group, stresses that social movement is a critical element to stabilize Taiwan society. Therefore, no matter which party takes the power, it's absolutely necessary for the groups of social movement doing their jobs of the "check and balance" to monitor the powers.

Though some bold assignments of some social movements' leaders into the new congress or DPP's central departments are absolutely positive, Hon-Jeng still doubts any break-through on the aboriginal policy could be made in this new government as the minority's freedom and justice will be too easily sacrificed in the fierce bargain within the congress. "We are the aboriginal. What we want most is the freedom in our true color. But, at present time, the freedom in your laws is terribly different from ours!", says Hon-Jeng.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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3335 Edition

Jan 25 - 31, 2016

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Pregnancy Support Center In Taichung Is Officially Unveiled To Help Un-married Young Mothers

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

The Pregnancy Support Center(PSC), a branch institute of Taiwan Family's Life-Caring Association, is officially unveiled on January 13 among Feng-chia down town in Taichung City. PSC was initiated in 2012 by Gloria and Lana, whose parents were missionaries long served in Taiwan, intending to help many young mothers pregnant unexpectedly to preserve and deliver their babies. Representatives from Tainan's Ray of Hope and Kaohsiung's Taiwan Xi En, whose ministries had inspired and supported PSC, also take part in this opening ceremony of PSC.

PSC points out that many un-married young mothers usually chose hasty abortions, especially when they found themselves pregnant unexpectedly in a helpless turmoil. But, insisting that each life has its unique value before God, Gloria, one of the founders of PSC, believes that it is the greatest love when the pregnant young mother decides to deliver her baby.

Through a series of professional counselling or psychiatric therapy to help every young mother, be her choice as pregnancy or abortion, locating the necessary support, resources and the re-inhabited care before/after delivery, PSC wishes to support these un-married young mothers to find out a way of life either by delivering their babies or acknowledging a possible adoption in the future.

Gloria gives her thanksgiving to Rev. Tu Ming-dah of The Grace Church in Taichung City for his long-term offering of the office and related facilities to PSC. Rev. Tu also remarks that he is deeply appreciates of PSC's pioneering ministry of serving these un-married young mothers, as it is estimated that over an alarming 400,000 cases of abortion occasioned annually in Taiwan and the ministry of PSC has set up a good example for other churches to follow!

As PSC needs a long-term supply of baby diapers and milk powder, please contact PSC's phone call at 886-4-2451-1123 for an offering or donation.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

On 13 January 2016, Pregnancy Support Center(PSC) In Taichung is officially unveiled to help un-married young mothers.

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3335 Edition

Jan 25 - 31, 2016

Editorial

 

What's Next Is Our Business

 

The election of the President and legislators on 16 January 2016 gives Taiwan an opportunity to fulfill her third party alternation. Therefore, when Ma administration proposes the majority party to form a cabinet, it causes a hot debate of a reform about current constitution system. For Taiwan's democratic development, we believe the third party alternation is a positive message. But, we should not forget there are still lots of problems waiting for Tsai Ing-wen and the new legislators to solve them together. Be it the issue, like power transfer, transformational justice, economic policy, environmental protection, the management of the recycled energy, land justice and adequate housing justice, the people eagerly expect the new regime will deliver a new outlook from the old Ma administration.

And this would be a genuine test for the Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) who secures an absolute control on the President, congress and local governments. From the point of faith, it is indeed an encouraging victory that DPP receives a complete entrust from the people. But, in order to walk a different path from the way shadowed under a big China culture, we still expect DPP could hear closer to the cryings of Taiwanese people and understand more about their sufferings. This is why PCT 60th General Assembly Executive Committee delivers a statement, May Taiwan become a country blessed by God, expecting Tsai Ing-wen to be aware that power is not only committed by the people, but also granted from God. In her future administration, if the policies of DPP are compatible with the Christian ideals of "justice, peace and love", PCT would bless such regime; otherwise, if the sufferings of the people are overlooked or the Christian values are breached, we would condemn and protest for sure.

As Romans 13:1 is quoted in the above PCT statement for the new government, it causes a lot of discussions on the internet. Indeed, this verse in Romans were used by many Christians to stress that the church must obey "the state". But, an authentic Christian faith is never fond of "blind loyalty", instead whether the authority conforms to the Christian values is a criteria advised to weigh carefully. If the authority could not comply with Taiwan's core values, then we Christians are responsible to stand up and "speak the truth in love" or even put "love and non-violence" into action to warn our government. The premise of obedience to the authority is to manifest God's love and justice; otherwise, we are entitled and obligated to criticize and protest.

Before his self-immolation, Mr Cheng Nan-jung left his last words to his friends and families: "What's next is your business!" These words appear to have more significance today, as those political parties whose political beliefs come close to PCT are going to open a new chapter of history in Taiwan. In addition to our jubilant celebrations of the election result, we believe our responsibilities to Taiwan will be much more heavy in the coming future. This is because we are called to stand firm and reflective as a Christian in Taiwan, not only we must find some "new and independent" stuff and spirits enabling such new Taiwan culture to part away from the cultural shadows under a big China, but also act as a guardian checking what the government has done, hearing the voices of the marginalized, standing by the suffered and helping kinds of reforms in public sector, in order to facilitate justice and peace to arrive in Taiwan society and among different peoples. We have to remind ourselves incessantly: on the one hand, we should become the light and join to build "the new country" together; on the other hand, we should do our duty as salt, preventing our government fallen into incompetence and corruption!

 
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3335 Edition

Jan 25 - 31, 2016

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Giving Glory To God, The First PCT Blind Pastor Witnesses An Amazing Grace

 

Reported by Chi Kuo-rong

 

Rev. Chiu Ray-yuan, a PCT pastor of Teh-Kong Church in Tainan presbytery, was invited to deliver his personal witness by the Coconut Fellowship of Suan-lien Church in Chi-hsin Prsbytery after the Sunday service on January 24.

Chiu urged the blind not afraid of stepping out of home, as friendly support is always available around if the demand for help is spoken out. He also called the able Christians to see the demands of the blind more positively, enabling the blind to open their hearts and expand their contacts.

Entitled with "Give Glory To God", Chiu shared with the audience his journey of faith in the performance of three pieces of violin melody. Chiu said he was born blind in a family whose occupation was serving local temples as spiritual medium, and his families made him adopted as a nominal son of god for a life-long protection from further bad lucks. But he was fortunately enough to be guided and baptized by the chaplain, after he entered the blind school in his youth, said Chiu.

When the date of his baptism came near, reflected Chiu, a feeling of unease became more and more strong. There was even a severe threat, haunting in his head, "You must not believe in Jesus, as you are the adopted son of god. Otherwise, you will have no offspring!", said Chiu. But, after his fear and dread was reported to his chaplain, Chiu then felt a very serene peace and heard a voice saying: "I am Jesus you believed, give me the burden of your forefathers and I will take them all for you!"

Chiu married in 1982 and had two daughters afterwards. The worry of Rev. Chiu's parents and grandparents that a blind boy like him would not have any children finally did not come true. During his personal witness, Chiu played violin to praise God together with his two daughters playing piano and drums respectively.

Chiu encouraged the blind members in Suan-lien Church to step out of their homes and not to be afraid of the outside world. Once the blind got into trouble on the roads or in the vehicles, there were always help available if they would speak out or call any social welfare institute, said Chiu.

Chiu also urged Taiwan society to start the professionalization of the faculty asap on the education to the blind, though he knew such goal could not be reached overnight. Mrs. Hwang Chin-hsiang, wife of Rev. Chiu, reminded that the quantity of the faculty should increase either. In the meantime, central government should set up the related laws helping those faculties to strengthen their professional capability and the blind to gain a better education, said Mrs. Hwang.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Rev. Chiu Ray-yuan witnesses his journey of faith in the performance of three pieces of violin melody, together with his two daughters playing piano and drums respectively, under the invitation of Coconut Fellowship of Suan-lien Church after the Sunday service on January 24, 2016.


Rev. Chiu Ray-yuan(middle at second line) and his wife, Mrs. Hwang Chin-hsiang(first from left at front), took picture with the blind members of Suan-lien church.

 

Photos by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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Taiwan Church News

3334 Edition

Jan 18 - 24, 2016

Editorial

 

May The Winners Walk Humbly With God

 

The 2016 election of the President and the legislators has successfully come to an end. A blue sky is changed to the green field. Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) gains a landslide victory both in presidential campaign and parliamentary seats, while KMT was thoroughly beat down as a small opposition party. Comparing KMT's defeat in 2000, though losing her presidential campaign yet still controlled a majority seats in congress, KMT has to confront more challenges since 2016.

In fact, KMT's failure in the 2016 campaign could not be more apparently predicted than kinds of opinion polls performed before the election. Trying hard, though, with her negative campaigns as she was versed at, ex. rumoring, slandering and libeling, KMT finally lost this battle in her own hands. Of course, her internal power conflict and ideological paradox are also parts of her catastrophic defeat. But such fracturing of KMT is absolutely not a development that the so-called "Forever Premier" of KMT - Sun Yet-san - would love to see.

In his preface of The Psychological Construction, Sun Yat-sen pointed out the logic of public affairs: "The country is assembled by persons. Each person is an instrument of his psyche. So, the public affairs is the psychological phenomenon of a group of persons." (In other words, a country is built up by the people; the behavior of each person is controlled by his thought; so, the properity or decline of a country depends on the thoughts or values of her own people.) In the same way, it is futile for KMT to count on a culture of negative campaign which is built upon an unhealthy mind. KMT would not stand up, if she continue to get stuck with her dark tricks in the election.

Indeed, it is absolutely a grand jubilation when the historical moment of party alternation arrives. But, as a ruling party overturned one night from her past role as an opposition player, DPP has to face the serious issue of power-sharing in a new era. This would bring genuine problems, if DPP's power-sharing is not in a state of balance, quenching down the high expectation of her campaign team and loyal supporters. Therefore, the newly elected President, Vice-President and their core staffs have to confront this matter in a very careful way.

In addition, the ruling party has to change her mind set, once the campaign is won. The winner has to recognize her weakness and limit. She not only needs to be humble down by herself, but also has to count on the power of God, in order to well lead this country.

In his famous book, The Nature and Destiny of Man, Reinhold Niebuhr(1892 ~ 1971), an American theologian, classified the pride of power into two forms:"The first form of the pride of power is particularly characteristic of individuals and groups whose position in society is, or seems to be, secure." "In Biblical prophecy this security is declared to be bogus and those who rest in it are warned against an impending doom". "In other words history invariably shatters the illusions of those who overestimate the power of human life".

"The second form of the pride of power is more obviously prompted by the sense of insecurity." "It is the sin of those, who knowing themselves to be insecure, seek sufficient power to guarantee their security, inevitable of course at the expense of other life." "Among those who are less obviously secure, either in terms of social recognition, or economic stability or even physical health, the temptation arises to overcome or to obscure insecurity by arrogating a greater degree of power to the self."

To avoid the corruption of power, especially to fulfill the biblical teaching as "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God"(Micah 6:8), we should pray for our newly elected President and legislators and ask God help them respect human rights, protect our country and work out well-beings for the people.

 
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3334 Edition

January 18 - 24, 2016

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Independence And Oppression - Post-Election Relationships Between Taiwan And China Are Analysed By Chinese Intelligentsia

 

Reported by Lim Ka-cheng

 

In the afternoon on January 17 at Taipei's Northern Gate Church, three famous Chinese intelligentsia, Mr Yuan Hong-bing, a liberal legal scholar; Prof Xia Ye-liang, a research fellow of Cato Institute; Rev Kuo Pao-seng, a pastor of China House Church, were invited by PCT's Church and Society Committee and Just Action Church to deliver their analysis of the relationship between Taiwan and China after Taiwan's 2016 election.

Mr Yuan predicted there would be a trio stage relations: Firstly, KMT would start a wave of selling their party asset and fleeing to China. Against this crisis, Yuan suggested to set up an action committee in congress to launch an KMT party asset liquidation. Secondly, China would confront Taiwan on the issue of sovereignty. Fortunately, Taiwan youth stopped the Service and Trade Cross-Strait Agreement in the Sunflower Student Movement and the event of Chou Tze-yu's apology help deliver Taiwan's determination to stand up as a country, said Yuan. Thirdly, Taiwan would restore her national strength to fight against China's totalitarianism finally.

Prof Xia praised Taiwan's democracy as a leading model for the global Chinese societies. But, he gave a strong criticism of China's leader, Xi Jing-ping, for his lack of basic common sense on what is ruled by law, and especially on his bent toward a totalitarian dictatorship. Though still got to rely on China's market in a not too short period, Taiwan should not lose her basic belief in democracy, reminded Prof Xia.

Rev. Kuo spelled out his thoughts in a slogan: "Taiwan Independence Saves China, China's Democracy Sets Free Taiwan Independence". Kuo thought there were three steps for Taiwan to follow: Firstly, Taiwan had to "leave Asia and join Europe" and unite with Japan and US to deal with the communist China. Secondly, Taiwan had to carry on caring the human right in China. Thirdly, to materialize the long-awaited transformation justice in Taiwan, the huge properties and assets of KMT should be liquidated as soon as possible!

Translated by Peter Wolfe


Three famous Chinese intelligentsia, Mr Yuan Hong-bing(third from left), a liberal legal scholar; Prof Xia Ye-liang(fourth from left), a research fellow of Cato Institute; Rev Kuo Pao-seng, a pastor of China House Church(first from right), were invited by PCT's Church and Society Committee and Just Action Church to deliver their analysis of the relationship between Taiwan and China after Taiwan's 2016 election in the afternoon on January 17 at Taipei's Northern Gate Church.

Dr. Albert J. F. Lin(1st from left), former FAPA chairman, and Rev. Cheng Kuo-chung(second from right), pastor of Just Action Church, also took part in this seminar.

Photo by Lim Ka-cheng

 


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