July 30-August 5, 2012
Church Ministry News
Japanese church’s children musical “The Dreams of 3 Trees” attracts thousands of audiences in Taiwan
Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan
Written by Lydia Ma
The famed Japanese children musical “The Dreams of 3 Trees” finished its tour of Taiwan with a performance at Tainan’s Cultural Center on July 27, 2012, which attracted a crowd of nearly 3,000 people. Tickets for this performance were sold out very early on. The musical had been staged in Taipei twice only days earlier with much success. Viewers agreed that the quality of the performance was equal to that of a professional cast and exceeded their expectations.
The church producing this musical is Japan’s Airin Chapel Christian Church in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It began organizing musicals 25 years ago to help children from broken homes find a new perspective and focus in life. The church does a different musical every 3 years. It is also the church known for promoting MEBIG camps in Taiwan.
The musical’s storyline is about the aspirations of 3 trees which long to grow into strong trees so that they can become a strong pillar, bridge, and door. However, disappointment sets in when they grow up and find themselves ignored by humans. The trees begin to question the purpose of growing into adulthood and if they have any value. However, when the 3 trees meet Jesus, their lives take on new meaning and purpose beyond their imagination.
More than two hours before the show was supposed to start in Tainan City, crowds began to gather and wait in line at the Tainan Cultural Center. Local churches in Tainan organized teams of volunteer staff to hand out programs and brochures containing the Chinese translation of some of the songs. People filled the venue soon after doors opened and there were many seniors among the audience.
Ho Chiung-Hua, a seminarian from Tainan Theological College and Seminary, took her daughter to see this musical. Though the little girl could not read the Chinese subtitles very well as she was only in the first grade, she was riveted on every gesture of the performers. During one scene where one of the trees began to cry, she asked her mother why the tree was crying. Seeing it as a teaching opportunity, Ho replied, “well, sometimes we encounter difficulties when we want to do something. But in God’s eyes, we are still his beloved.”
Commenting on this musical, PCT Associate General Secretary Lyim Hong-tiong said that child evangelism is very important and effective. For this reason, the PCT is more than happy to co-sponsor events such as this one as well as MEBIG camps.
Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan