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3279 Edition

December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Church Ministry

 

 

Sign Language Church Supported By So-shan Presbytery Is Launched At Tainan

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

 

In the afternoon of December 26, the first sign language church is launched at Tainan. It is a PCT cross-Presbytery accomplishment after many coordination between Tainan Presbytery and So-shan Presbytery. On the opening and thanks-giving service, not only many pastors and co-workers of So-shan Presbytery attend the ceremony, Rev. Chen Chun-jia, Tainan Presbytery Moderator, and many students from PCT Tainan Student Center also bring their bless and praise in sign language to this historical moment.

 

 

Rev. Yeh Ya-nah, So-shan Presbytery Moderator, in her sermon entitled "March Toward A New Age", expresses her special thanks to Tainan Presbytery for generous acceptance to establish and support this sign language church within the parish of Tainan Presbytery. "Since the beginning of 2014, a lot of coordination and communication have been negotiated between two Presbyteries, the wonderful delivery is finally reached at the end of the year. Just like the departure of Abraham from his comfortable father land, there is always difficulty and challenge on the way to the wonderful promise, the bless of God is never leaving us if e stick to the obedience and the faith! ", says Rev. Yeh.

 

 

Mentioning about the process of building this church, Rev. Lô Pei-bûn, pastor of Tainan Sign Language Church, appreciates the great contribution offered by Rev. Chuang Inn-ren at Evangelical Committee of So-shan Presbytery. Lô points out, due to the special demands and characters of sign language church, suitable pastors are hard to find. So, when the deaf brother and sisters learn this sign language church is ready to launch at Tainan from 2015, everyone is so happy. Now, Evangelist Tân Ka-ka, whose father is Rev. Tân Poh-sêng, cooperated with Rev. Lo as her co-workers. As Rev. Tân Poh-sêng is the first pastor to serve for the disabled within PCT, Rev. Lô reminds the audience that her joint work with Tân Ka-ka reveals God's wonderful humor to the deaf brothers and sisters - because the combination of their surnames "Tân-Lô" in Taiwanese means the sounding drum!


 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Students from PCT Tainan Student Center bring their bless and praise in sign language at the opening ceremony and thanks-giving service of Tainan Sign Language Church on December 28, 2014.

 

Photo by Chen Yi-fan

 

 
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3279 Edition

December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Headline News

 

 

Vote Buying Has To Be Eradicated First On The Way To Taiwan Democracy, Says Tsai Ing-wen

 

 

Reported By Umav

 

 

In order to let Taiwan society to learn more about the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan(PCT) and her missionary history in the past 150 years, the General Assembly(G.A.) of PCT holds a missionary seminar entitled "Care For Taiwan" from December 29 to 31, 2014 in the Training Center of Chunghwa Telecom at Kaohsiung City. In the evening of December 29, Chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party(DPP), Ms Tsai Ing-wen, is specially invited to deliver a thematic speech entitled "Taiwan, Next Stop" spelling out the most urgent agenda in Taiwan's impending future.

 

 

In her speech, Tsai does not shy away from admitting DPP has won a splendid victory on the so-called nine-in-one election on November 29, as not only 13 magistrates are elected from the national 22 administration districts but also expands DPP's territory northward across central Zhoushui River. Yet, she says humbly that this victory is also the biggest challenge ever for DPP. In the meantime, she pays her special tribute and appreciation toward Rev. William Lo and Rev. Kao Chun-ming, who always came to pray with her holding her hands in earnest, when she was just elected DPP Chairperson in 2008.

 

 

Though DPP has fought a good fight in magistrate election, the vote buying phenomenon is still very prevalent at the level of local city councilors or representatives. Especially, the vote buying scandal, in the election process of the Speaker at Tainan City Council, stuns the whole island and makes DPP quite humiliated and embarrassed. "I feels very sorry about the event [the election of the Speaker] at Tainan", says Tsai. She therefore remarks that the next stop of Taiwan has to eradicate one-by-one such cancer-like banal behaviors hiding within Taiwan democracy practice. To restore local governance and win back Taiwan, the threat from the mafia gangs and the improper exchange between power and money have to be cleared and cut-off as the first priority!

 

 

The second agenda of Tsai's schedule is to create job and employment, especially for the youth to realize their dreams and ideals. Third, Tsai hopes a national affairs meeting could be held within the first half of 2015 to amend the constitution. "Time is up to amend the constitution!", says Tsai, the political parties has to cooperate with "the people from the heaven", referring to the folks on the web, to change Taiwan!

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Tsai Ing-wen(center front), Chairperson of DPP, photographed with the participating members of PCT missionary seminar entitled "Care For Taiwan" in the Training Center of Chunghwa Telecom at Kaohsiung City on December 29, 2014.

 

Photo by Umav

 

Tsai Ing-wen(2nd from right), DPP Chairperson, photographed with Rev. Lo Ren-quei(1st from right), PCT Moderator of General Assembly, and Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, PCT General Secretary.

 

Photo by Umav

 

Tsai Ing-wen, DPP Chairperson, takes questions from the audience within her Q&A session.

 

Photo by Umav

 

 
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3278 Edition

December 22 - 28, 2014

Headline News

 

 

Do Not Forget Social Welfare Groups In Cold Winter

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

An annual end-of-lunar-year charity buffet, held specially for the poor and the homeless, has been run by Genesis Social Welfare Foundation(GSWF) over the past 25 years, but 70% of its budget still can not find the sponsors this year. On December 17th 2014, the renown Peh-Chi Musical Band, once the charity ambassador for GSWF, urges their fans and the public in a press conference to donate or do volunteer work to carry on this charity buffet.

 

 

Ms Yu Li-jen, Deputy Director of GSWF, remarks that the evident decrease of charity donations among Taiwan's social welfare groups is probably due to 2014 Kaohsiung Big Blast squeezing the annually stable income of the donations. Money-raising for this end-of-lunar-year charity buffet, started from November till now, only reaches about 30% of its budget. "Many volunteer workers and our colleagues are very much worried about this financial shortage", says Ms Yu.

 

 

The same financial problem occurs to Huashan Social Welfare Foundation(HSWF), whose primary ministry is serving the disabled, dementia and lonely elders for free, offering scheduled visit, house-works assistance, medic-care accompany, bathe on bath chair, festival care and etc. On December 16, the famous Amerasian actor Benji, together with 11 foreign students from Taipei Normal University, bring the warm soup and hot foods for the lonely elder Grandma Ju and help to clean her house. These young men urge Taiwan public try utmost to donate and support HSWF for her ministry, even though her current charity income only reaches 30% of the budget.

 

 

You can reach GSWF by ext. 119 at 02-2835 7700; HSWF, by ext. 215 by 02-2836 3919.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Members of Peh-Chi Musical Band urge their fans and the public to donate for Genesis Social Welfare Foundation in this winter.

 

Photo by Genesis Social Welfare Foundation

 

The famous Amerasian actor Benji, together with Gramma Ju and 11 foreign students from Taipei Normal University, urge Taiwan public to donate for Hwashan Social Welfare Foundation in this winter.

 

Photo by Hwashan Social Welfare Foundation


 


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