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Taiwan Church News

3258 Edition

August 4 - August 10, 2014

Church Ministry

 

PCT Members Mobilized To Reach Out And Give Intercession For The Victims Of Kaohsiung Big Blast

 

Reported TCN Staff

 

In the deep night of July 31, due to a suspected 4-inch pipeline carrying propene having a great leakage, a series of gas explosions are ferociously erupted in the south-eastern Kaohsiung urban city. This unprecedented ever big blast in Kaohsiung, covering an urban area about dozens of kilometers square, claims the lives of 28 people, 3 missing, 309 injured and 752 buildings are seriously destroyed or damaged. The bombast-like roads also stop the daily business of 1,257 small shops and affects the traffics about 200 thousands people.

 

10 am on August 1, Director of the Church and Society Committee of PCT So-san Presbytery immediately hold a meeting at Lin-deh Presbyterian Church to respond this emergency. PCT members are urged to reach out or give their intercession for the victims of this accident in the impending Sunday Service on August 3.

 

San-duo Presbyterian Church, located within the inflicted blasted area, is also requested by Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau as a supporting station to accommodate the affected citizens at 10:12 am on August 1. And San-duo Presbyterian Church promptly set up the required service facility at 12:00 am to meet the community demands. San-duo Presbyterian Church's phone call number is (07) 713-9463, and her fax number is (07) 761-1687.

 

To learn more information about Kaohsiung Big Blast and how you can help, readers are suggested to visit the Facebook website of PCT Church and Society Committee: www.facebook.com/pctsociety

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

One street scenario after the eruption gigantic explosion and bombast.

 

Before San-duo Presbyterian Church, PCT pastors and members give their intercession for the inflicted victims and families.

 

 

One street scenario after the eruption gigantic explosion and bombast.

 

 

Inside the chapel of Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, PCT pastors and members give their intercession for the big blast victims and their families.

 
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Taiwan Church News

3256 Edition

July 28 - August 3, 2014

Church Ministry

 

Taiwan Churches Concern Victims And Their Families Of Plane Crash On Penghu Island

 

Reported By Simon Lin

 

Forty-eight people are killed and 10 injured, during a failed go-around landing at 7:06 pm on July 23, by one TransAsia Airway's two-engine turboprop plane leaving from Kaohsiung airport and bound for Penghu Magong airport which is just swept across by typhoon Matmo hours before. The Vatican of Roman Catholic Church promptly issues the condolence letter, promising to pray and care for the victims and the families. Rev. Ker Jeng-fon, a local pastor of Baisha Presbyterian Church in Penghu Island, is also committed by PCT Church and Society Committee at the first time to express concerns to the families and attend to the latest messages and demands.

 

Rev. Ker expressed, during his July 27 media interview, that many church charity organizations come together to get involved in this emergency accident: World Vision Taiwan helps to rescue on site, Chinese Christian Relief Association sets up an emergency station and many pastors from different denominations offer kinds of care and support to the victims and their families. For PCT to facilitate care and intercession, Rev. Ker himself is in charge of confirming the passengers list, causality toll statistics and reporting the latest information to Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee.

 

In this plane crash accident, 14 civil households are seriously damaged, including 5 buildings are totally destroyed and 5 units are partially affected. Most of the inflicted residents are arranged to the household of their families or relatives. PCT pastors from Xiyu and Baisha villages will reach out to care for the victims and their families, and the other PCT pastors and believers in Taiwan island are urged to give their intercession for the inflicted. In August, there is going to be a musical concert - "Peace In Good News", attended by local churches across Penghu Island, expecting to give care and comfort to the victims, families and the traumatized local residents.

 

Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, pleads Taiwan church to carry on their care and prayer for the victims, and concern about the following compensation and legal responsibility related to the authority government and aviation company. PCT General Assembly also establishes a Facebook webpage, www.facebook.com/pctsociety, for further care and concern about this devastating accident.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Members of Baisha Presbyterian Church pay their condolence and care to the victim and their families of this TransAsia Airways plane crash.

 

Photo supplied by Baisha Presbyterian Church

 

 
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3256 Edition

July 21 - July 27, 2014

Church Ministry

 

 

PCT Has To Be Cautious About China's Religious United Front Work, Scholar Warns

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

On July 19, at the National Taiwan Alumini Court, the Independence Forum of Taiwan Society, who is a group of professors stressing Taiwan sovereignty and subjectivity, holds a seminar discussing Hong Kong's recent political situations. Professor Leung Man-to, an Oxford PhD in politics and now a politics and economics graduate professor of National Cheng Kong University, was invited to deliver his speech, named "The Change of Hong Kong after July 1st Parade". Within his speech, Leung is specially wary about the future of PCT, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would definitely place PCT as top agenda in united front work to merge Taiwan into China.

 

 

Leung, a Hong Kong native, analyzes the reason why PCT is the top agenda for CCP's religious united front work, because PCT is the most populous protesting group within current religious and civil groups in Taiwan. In order to get close or even penetrate into PCT, CCP would strategically utilize kinds of bottom-up democratic methods, like religious visits, church association, direct contacts or third party agents which has been front united by CCP. As PCT's General Assembly and the medium level institute like presbytery are more politically alert, a distinctive fact of PCT's ecological system which is well known to CCP, most likely they would not become the target of CCP's united front work. Rather, volumes of PCT pastors firmly staying at grass-root local congregations would become the prey of such explicit united front vulture.

 

 

Leung sharply criticized as illusionary and dangerous on recent China-inclined mind-set of the main opposing Democratic Progressive Party(DPP), especially when the Taiwan Independence clause in party manifesto is hotly debated whether to abolish or not. He thinks the main problem lies at DPP's  illusionary and dangerous wish to get closer to China. Therefore, Leung warns that the future of PCT also faces the same grave risk, if following DPP's increasingly China-tilted footsteps without reflection and judgement.

 

 

"CCP's united front work is simple. He just want to make friends with you. His goal is simply to make you not his enemy to go against him,  better you can stand behind him in words or deeds. As to the question, if there is any deal or trade-off involved, who knows. At least, it looks quite dangerous (for Taiwan) at present!", said Leung. China's religious united front work is easy to reach the goal, once the mutual visits increased so strong to stimulate Taiwan's hallucination about China. And CCP would try best to meet Taiwan's unrealistic imagination, only you stop to mention anything sovereign or subjective about Taiwan.

 

 

Leung also strongly criticized The Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwong of Hong Kong Anglican Church, due to his anti-human rights and anti-democracy remarks after July 1st HK Parade, not to mention his flattery expressions to China authorities. Leung lamented, except minority Christians, most Hong Kong Churches adulate CCP and keep quiet in HK's public interests. Even the anti-communist stance of Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, after the Bishop John Tong Hon was appointed in 2009, becomes more and more blurred. It is believed there is still an internal conflict and power struggle on this issue inside HK Catholic Church.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


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