December 24-30, 2012
Taiwan Church Press Men’s Choir shares songs and testimonies at Taichung Prison
Reported by Chen Wei-chien
Written by Lydia Ma
Taiwan Church Press (TCP) Men’s Choir was recently invited to sing and share testimonies at Taichung Prison. This opportunity marked the first time that the group had done any prison ministry and this special concert was very well received by the audience of roughly 200 inmates. The choir had previously travelled to many churches across Taiwan with TCP President Joseph Chen to fundraise for the organization. TCP is an organization affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and focuses on communication ministries.
The event was held on December 14, 2012 and it was designed as a Christmas concert. The TCP Men’s Choir also partnered with renowned Taiwanese church music composer Cheng Ming-tang and his team. Cheng performed many of his trademark gospel songs on that day and the TCP Men’s Choir performed 4 songs. Following their presentation, a former inmate shared his testimony and recounted how he survived prison and overcame cancer. TCP President Joseph Chen then preached a powerful sermon and made a brief presentation of all TCP ministries. The concert ended with an altar call and there were many tears and raised hands.
TCP Men’s Choir director Tseng Hsin-cheng said that Cheng Ming-tang was currently the editor of TCP’s music magazine. Cheng was invited to perform at Taichung Prison and the Men’s Choir joined him. Tseng added that TCP currently mails Keng-sim evangelistic brochures to prisons, but that is the extent in which TCP has ever been involved in prison ministry. Taichung Prison had never received Keng-sim before, but it subscribed on that day and asked for 200 copies per week.
TCP President Joseph Chen said that being invited to sing at a prison was a brand new experience for his organization. He thanked the members of the Men’s Choir for their devotion to this ministry because they were all volunteers who took time to practice every week and they also traveled with him frequently.
During his sermon, Chen also highlighted that Taiwan Church News had begun a new monthly publication called “Parent-Child Interactive Newspaper” in the past few months and it had received very good reviews. He asked for the continued support of Christians in Taiwan for communications ministries in the upcoming year.