November 19-25, 2012
Church Ministry News
Christian couple in Changhua among “model couples living with physical disabilities" at award ceremony
Reported by Chen Wei-chien
Written by Lydia Ma
In this day and age of skyrocketing divorce rates, it is rare and refreshing to find couples who are devoted to one another and who support one another – especially when one of them has a physical disability. To show the rest of the nation how couples with physical disabilities have overcome physical barriers and nurtured a strong sense of commitment and love in their marriage, the Ministry of the Interior, Changhua County, and Happy Christian Homes held an award ceremony on November 17, 2012 to recognize and encourage such couples.
On the day of the ceremony, 10 couples were chosen for the award. Led by flower girls, they walked down the red carpet before saying the wedding vows once again and conveying how thankful they were for their spouse. Happy Christian Homes Director Lin Yueh-chang gave each of them a plaque and a gift to celebrate and remember this occasion.
One of the couples chosen for this award hailed from He-Ping Presbyterian Church in Changhua and they had been married to each other for 21 years. The couple met through a pen pal service organized by a newspaper many years ago. Speaking of her husband’s good qualities, Wu Li-zhen said that her husband is honest, responsible and reliable. When he discovered that she had a visual impairment while they were still dating, he still loved and accepted her and wanted to marry her. This really touched her heart and inspired her to lay everything down for her husband as result.
Wu Li-zhen and her husband Chen Shi-guo currently have 2 daughters and 1 son and the key to their successful marriage is trust and respect. Wu said she likes it very much when her husband invites her along for some morning exercise every day. He also takes her out to get some fresh air and watch beautiful scenery in the evenings. Because it is more difficult for her to get around, her husband takes their kids to school and brings them home.
Because Wu is visually impaired, her husband takes her by the hand every time they go out or take part in activities. They are kind and caring toward each other and her husband is like a pair of eyes for her. Those who know them admire their marriage and their relationship. Though they struggled financially at the beginning of their marriage, they worked very hard and now have a stable life as result. Financial hardships are common for many couples who have a spouse with a disability. However, some of them are able to overcome these challenges and have a good, loving marriage nevertheless. Happy Christian Homes hopes that this event will encourage people in Taiwan so that they won’t give up so easily on their marriage and their romance.
Photo of Chen Shi-guo and Wu Li-zhen provided by Happy Christian Homes.