April 1-7, 2013
Church Ministry News
Tatu Presbyterian Church celebrates 110th anniversary with 110 saved souls as new goal
Reported by Chen Wei-chien
Written by Lydia Ma
Tatu Presbyterian Church, situated along the coastal area of Taichung, is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. On March 31, the day of the anniversary, the church invited all of its former pastors to come back to the church to celebrate. It also invited members of its daughter, mother, and partner churches to attend the celebration. The thanksgiving service was a festive occasion attended by more than 400 people and the sermon was given by Taichung Presbytery’s Moderator Tsai Chu-chieh.
According to Tatu Presbyterian Church’s pastor, Rev. Huang Ya-en, though the day of the celebration coincided with Easter Sunday, which is a busy day for church leaders, she was very touched by the great number of people from other churches who responded and attended the service. She added that the church’s first goal is to fellowship in this manner with its mother, daughter, and partner churches in this manner every 10 years. The church’s second goal is to increase in number every subsequent year according to the number of years it has been in existence. In other words, the church’s goal for next year is to add 110 new faces or saved souls.
“We have been praying in the 17 boroughs that make up the town of Tatu and we have been doing home visitations and distributing gospel tracts,” said Huang. She added that some of the church’s target locations in Tatu area are schools and the homes and families of prison inmates. The church has already prayed and walked across all 17 boroughs and the congregation does home visitations whenever it can on Sunday afternoons. The home visitations usually take place at a parishioner’s house, but it usually involves getting to know the parishioner’s neighbors as well. Huang said that her parishioners have been very good Christian witnesses in their respective communities and all that they need is support from the church to make their homes a base to proclaim the gospel, bless their community, and establish relationships.
Huang added that churches in the rural-coastal areas of Taiwan have very limited resources, but she is determined to start by evangelizing in the communities where the parishioners are living by using the old-fashioned evangelistic method of home visitations. Her goal is to focus on community outreach in the next 3 years and then ask her presbytery by the fourth year to assess whether the time is ripe to plant a new church. If the time is ripe to start a new church by then, she hopes to plant a church near the Motor Vehicle Office during the 5th year.