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Taiwan Church News

3306 Edition

July 6 - 12, 2015

Church Ministry

 

PCT Volunteers For 311 Earthquake Reconstruction Are Launched

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

On July 1, under a service of commission and assignment, the first group of 2015 PCT volunteers for the 311 Earthquake Reconstruction Project officially took off! There will be another 4 groups to be launched successively, with 8 to 10 members each, covering the project schedule from July 2 - September 10, 2015.

 

This is the fourth year, cooperating with United Church of Christ in Japan(UCCJ), that PCT dispatch voluntary members to participate in reconstruction project, after the destructive 311 earthquake and tsunami occurred at Japan in March 2011. In the meantime, PCT also plans to negotiate with UCCJ before the end of this year to evaluate whether or not this voluntary project for reconstruction should carry on in the next year.

 

Quoting the scripture of Matthew 7:12, "in everything do to others as you would have them do to you", Rev. Hwang Zeh-hong, Chief Director of PCT Church and Society Committee, encouraged the youth volunteers of the first group to serve the community with a constantly prayer for themselves and for their ministry to serve the traumatized in the inflicted areas.

 

Inspiring the youth volunteers to have an optimistic and positive attitude to engage kinds of challenges lying ahead, Rev. Hwang illuminated the teaching from the mother of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower(Ike) when he was 10 years old and could not control his temper. Ike's mother gave him an abundantly valuable advise, paraphrased from the Proverb 16:32, "he that conquereth his own soul is greater than he who taketh a city". In certain sense, these words not only changed the mind of the young Ike, but changed the destiny of the United States of America!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

On July 1, the first group of PCT youth volunteers in 2015 for 311 Earthquake Reconstruction Project are officially launched.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 
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Taiwan Church News

3306 Edition

July 6 - 12, 2015

Church Ministry

 

YSTCS Students Sent To Cambodia And Myanmar To Care For Our Asia-Pacific Neighbors

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

After the establishment of The Center of Research and Extention Programmes of Indigeous Theology and Culture in Asia-Pacific Region in last October, inviting the renown ecumenical theologian Dr. Wati Longchar as her first Director, two students of YSTCS (Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary)were sent further to Cambodia and Myanmar to serve and witness the missionary development in Taiwan.

 

Cooperating with Cambodia Methodist Bible School in June with a 10 days overseas intern of the church ministry, Tien Quei-jen, a theological student from Bunun Presbytery, was sent to the Emmaus Sister Center and Orphanage House to practice the ministries; Tsai Ai-quei, a theological student from Paiwan Presbytery, was sent to Kirirom Church located inside a Cambodian remote forest to serve the children with painting pictures, telling biblical stories and teaching the English.

 

Tsai remarked that, though the material conditions were quite primitive there, local people were eager to learn about Christian faith and treat foreigner like her with sincerity and kindness. Tsai also received the support of her mother churches, Nan-seh and San-di-men Presbyterian churches of Paiwan Presbytery, donating solar power supply equipment, stationery items, clothes and shoes for the shortage of Kirirom Church, after she learned that the feet of many children were easily got hurt without shoes and the quality of electricity supply was not stable enough to maintain daily lives.

 

Rev. Dr. Pushin Tali, President of YSTCS, expressed that such an overseas intern program will not only help YSTCS students to understand the status quo and demands of our current ecumenical partner churches in Asia-Pacific region, but also facilitate YSTCS to figure out the feasible cooperation plans in the future.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Tsai Ai-quei(second from left), a theological student from YSTCS, sent to Kirirom, a remote village inside Cambodia, to share and witness PCT's care and love for the people in Asia-Pacific region.

 

Tsai Ai-quei taught the English to the children of Kirirom church.

 

Photos by Tsai Ai-quei

 
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Taiwan Church News

3305 Edition

June 29 - July 5, 2015

Church Ministry

 

Wind Turbines Were Opposed By Miaoli's Local People Due To An Insufficient Setback Between Wind Turbines And Homes

 

Reported By Simon Lin

 

A "Citizen Forum", organized by PCT Hsin-chu College Student Center(HCSC), discussing about the abuse of green energy policy on human rights, was held at Yuan-li Presbyterian Church on June 27. The first Citizen Forum, held at Taoyuan Presbyterian Church, was probing into the corruptions of land confiscation within the project of Taoyuan Aerotropolis.

 

Rev. Lee Chih-chen, Director of HCSC, expressed that holding such citizen forum did not at all intend to support any particular political party. The purpose was to respond PCT's confession: "[Church] through love and suffering becoming the sign of hope," and urge more people to care about what happened in our home land.

 

Ms. Chen Huei-ming, spokeswoman of Yuan-li Anti-Wind-Turbine Self-Help Association(YASA), shared her experiences toward wind turbine. In the past, she thought it's good to have wind turbines installed along the beautiful coast-line of Yuan-li. Until InfraWest Wind Power Group came to install their wind turbines, she had never known that Taiwan did not even possess a legal standard to specify the safety setback between wind turbine and inhabitants' home.

 

Within 3 kilometer's coast-line of Yuan-li, local residents were forced to accept 14 wind turbines with average setback under 200 meters. Not only the environmental assessment was illegally passed in favor of the financial corps., but the decision of such green energy policy was stroke down in black-box, said Chen.

 

According to Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI), the global standard of the safety setback between wind turbine and home is specified at 1,500 meters, but Taiwan's Bureau of Energy under Ministry of Economic Affairs only suggested 250 meters' safety setback for wind turbine installation, said Chen.

 

Within such insufficient setback under 250 meters, many health problems caused by wind turbine noise had been mentioned in many investigation reports, including dizziness, tinnitus, migraines and headache. Some suggested, after a long term exposure to such noises, people are more easily to have sleep problem, poor immunity, heart attack and even cancers.

 

In the past 12 years, Taiwan has installed about 450 wind turbines along her west coast-line. Many people were forced to emigrate out of town due to an insufficient and dangerous setback. Chen remarked that now many environment groups and YASA were working hard to negotiate an ideal setback as 650 meters. She stressed that a good energy policy "should be friendly to the people and the land", otherwise, it would be no better than building a nuclear power plant!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


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