Taiwan Church News
July 20 - 26, 2015
Youth Members Shared Their Ministry Experiences At The End Of I Love Taiwan Camp
Reported by Simon Lin
From July 15 to 17, after three weeks of missionary event - I Love Taiwan(ILT) - came to an end, youth members from 18 countries and Taiwan volunteer co-workers shared their ministry experiences with booths, short speeches, singing and dancing in William Sia Memorial Youth Camp at Nantou county.
A program, entitled as "Grace via Express", was specially arranged for ILT youth member to write letter back home describing what she experienced in Taiwan, as a reminder that God's grace binding everyone together. In addition, an innovative Eucharist communion combining Hakka's meat pancake and mulberry juice with Taiwanese local banquet culture was held at the closing service.
Rev. Cheng Chun-ping, Secretary of PCT Youth Ministry Committee, expressed to ILT youth members that "eating together" symbolized the hospitality and earnestness among friends in Taiwan culture . So, "when we can eat together in a round table, we become the families, equal and united in Christ", said Rev. Cheng.
Rev. Lai De-ching, Secretary of Hakka Ministry Committee, was invited to host the Eucharist communion. She explained the contextual meanings, why Hakka's meat pancake and mulberry juice were chose instead, referring to Jesus' body and blood. "In this Eucharist communion, we come to encounter the God, the faith and hope, the love and food of the Hakka people. We come to understand mutually, share hospitally, embrace each other promptly by the touch of the Holy Spirit. We are brothers and sisters", said Rev. Lai.
Wei Jung-an, an ILT member for triple attendances and a Canadian Taiwanese from the Evangelical Chinese Bible Church, Burnaby BC, explained the reasons why he repeated came back to attend ILT: because he could always learn different things from visiting different churches in ILT programs. For example, under the warm and generous reception of Bunun presbytery, he came to learn the aboriginal Bunun people he had never contacted since his childhood. In his ILT itinerant journey, he also visited the oldest church - Ku-fon Church - in Jor-shi township; learned what the industry mission was about in Lun-san Church; pestled the millet, climbed the mountains and enjoyed the Pasibutbut(Eight-part Polyphony).
Ominell Osetta Boyce, a youth representative of Guyana Congregation Union(GCU), was sent by ILT to attend the children summer camp of Da-san Church in Taroko Presbytery. She was in charge of teaching English for the children and accompany them. She said that the experience of such cross-cultural mission convinced her the importance of relying on God faithfully as the concept of the contextualized mission became more persuasive to her. Seeing the creative union and energetic power radiated from the youth in the ILT camp, it inspired her to suggest her mother church that a stagnant and lifeless faith must not stand in our way!
Translated by Peter Wolfe
ILT youths present their performance with their countries' dress.
Photos by Simon Lin