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Taiwan Church News

3292 Edition

March 30 - April 5, 2015

Church Ministry

 

 

 

Love Our Earth: Reduce Plastics, Avoid Waste And Eat Green

 

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

 

To promote the ecologically green consciousness and welcome the impending Earth Day 2015 on April 22, Taiwan Environmental Information Association(TEIA) holds a press conference with many NGO groups at National Taiwan Museum on March 26. Some internet-based cafeterias are also corroborated at site to present their daily vegetarian meals, encouraging people to eat green, reduce plastics and avoid waste.

 


Mr Chen Ray-bin, General Secretary of TEIA and being a Christian himself, urges the public to love our only planet - Earth - by eating green as it would reduce carbon-emission accordingly. In the mean time, through reducing the unlimited use of plastics and avoiding the unnecessary package waste, we can involve in the action to love our Earth in daily lives.

 

 

Mr Chen Jien-zhe, President of TEIA, hopes Taiwan society could restore the initial enthusiasm of environmental protection movement 45 years ago: love our Earth from the trivia things and stuffs in our daily lives. "There is only one planet. And we have only one chance to act and change our environment!", said Chen.

 

 

According to TEIA, Eat Green or being a vegetarian is a very positive way to love our Earth. When each non-vegetarian produces about 1,500 kilograms of CO2 per year; each vegetarian makes around 430 kilograms. The difference, about 1,007 kilograms of CO2, can sustain 82 trees per year. In other words, being a vegetarian can help plant 82 trees on our Earth in one year. And this would greatly help our fight against the threat of global warming for sure.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

In order to welcome the impending global Earth Day 2015, scheduled on April 22, Taiwan Environmental Information Association(TEIA) holds press conference urging Taiwan society to reduce plastics, avoid waste and eat green at National Taiwan Museum on March 26.

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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3292 Edition

March 30 - April 5, 2015

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Delayed Development Children And Their Parents Parade In Easter To Proclaim Jesus' Resurrection

 

 

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

 

 

To share the good news of Jesus' resurrection with community inhabitants, Eden Social Welfare Foundation(ESWF) cooperated with local churches of PCT and other denominations in Lin-yuan and Ren-wu district of Kaohsiung City holding an Easter parade on March 21 & 28 respectively.

 

 

About 300 adults and delayed developments children took part in the parade sharing the Easter egg, joyful balloons and evangelical invitation cards on the streets in Lin-yuan district. "We sincerely hope such Easter parade in Lin-yuan could become an annual event to proclaim the gospel into every house!", said Rev. Chen Su-an of Lin-yuan Presbyterian Church.

 

 

"Even though many children had delayed development inside the community, most of them were just kept in the house daring not to step outside," said the parents of delayed development children at Lin-yuan area. But this scenario changed, since ESWF set up a school named "Little Fisherman Academy" helping more delayed developed children to receive early intervention. Parents also start to have opportunity to connect, speak out their stories and encourage each other to stand up and step out from the past shadow. "Today the smiles on everybody's face is so bright like the sun!", said the parents.

 

 

Easter parade in Ren-wu district launched from Ren-ho Park, gathering about 200 children and adults. Ten local churches and institutes, from So-san Pesbytery, Kaohsiung Presbytery and other denominations, jubilantly shared 1,000 Easter eggs, balloons and evangelical pamphlets along the streets.

 

 

Ms Zeng Ya-ling, Director of ESWF Lin-yuan Workshop, expressed that the resources of early intervention for delayed development children is still very limited at Lin-yuan and Ren-wu area. As local churches are the best working partner, able to support and supply the first-aid to the marginalized families, Ms Zeng wish there would a positive long term cooperation between ESWF and local churches to offer integrative care to those delayed development children and their parents.

 

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

An Easter Parade of the delayed development children and their parents, sponsored by Kaohsiung local churches and Eden Social Welfare Foundation, is held at Lin-yuan and Ren-wu Districts on March 21 and 28 respectively.

 

 

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek

 

 
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March 30 - April 5, 2015

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Inter-Presbytery Ministry Conference Is Held Discussing PCT's Past, Present And Future

 

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

 

 

In order to find a evangelical strategy for PCT's future, a inter-presbytery ministry conference, consisting of 5 southern PCT presbyteries: Pin-tong, So-shan, Kaohsiung, Tainan and Chia-yi, is held at Chia-yi on March 30. Mr. Tu Xing-zhe, Mayor of Chia-yi City, and Rev. Hu Chon-ming, Pastor of Der-sen Presbyterian Church of So-shan Presbytery are specially invited to deliver their lectures and thoughts. About 100 pastors and elders take part in this conference.


 

 

Based on the development of historical missionary events, Rev. Hu Chon-ming explains how PCT evolves from Dr. James Laidlaw Maxwell at southern Taiwan and Dr. George Leslie Mackay at northern Taiwan. James Laidlaw Maxwell was a medical missionary sent by Presbyterian Church of England, and George Leslie Mackay by Presbyterian Church in Canada. Names of current PCT General Assembly went through different stages as "Tainan Presbyterian Assembly"(1896), "Taipei Presbyterian Assembly"(1904) and "Taiwan Assembly"(1912) respectively. In 1957, Southern Synod was cancelled to facilitate church unity, but Norther Synod was still kept until now for some historical complex.

 

 

 

Except mentioning some church growth events and evangelical expansion, which are deserving to give our thanks to God, Rev. Hu also expresses his worry about PCT's development in several dimensions: church's increasing inflexibility inhibiting the organic growth of evangelical ministry, the spill-over phenomenon of the youth into other denominations, the absence of practice within theological education, the existence of Northern Synod, spending too much time in conference, the difficulties to integrate extant four seminaries and etc.


 

 

Facing the problems lying ahead, Rev. Hu thinks PCT's future lies in the following directions: return to the initial heart of our faith, commemorate and learn the spirits of our pioneering missionaries, engage in one-lead-one evangelical movement, strengthen the research and development of PCT mission, set up the study center of practical theology and etc. "We should adapt to the changes and demands of this age, otherwise we will be replaced by other denominations tomorrow!", warns Rev. Hu.

 

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Rev. Hu Chon-ming shares his thoughts on PCT's past, present and future on the ministry conference for southern presbyteries at Chia-yi on March 30, 2015.

 

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

 


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