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3362 Edition

August 1 - 7, 2016

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Starting From Nothing, Nan-pao Church Celebrates Her One-Year-Old Birthday With First Fruit

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

With a purpose to celebrate PCT150 and proclaim God's good news, Tainan Presbytery of PCT planted the Nan-pao Church at Guiren district of Tainan City on 31st July 2015. One year later, a thanks-giving service was held on 31st July 2016 to mark the first birthday of this new-born church.

Planting Nan-pao church was a joint-ministry uniting five local churches of Tainan Presbytery: Thai-peng-keng Maxwell Memorial Church,  Khwan-sai-kueh Church, Guiren Church, Sin-phon Church and Hou-jia Church.

Evangelist Chen Pei-wen, pastor of Nan-pao Church, appreciated God's amazing grace before the assembly. When she was assigned to plant this church, said Chen, there was absolutely nothing except a calling. But thanks to God, continued Chen, this church was finally built up step-by-step through his caring father's paint-brush and such a wonderful joint-ministry and support from five local churches. "Planting church requires a teamwork ministry and this mission is very difficult to be achieved alone!", said Chen.

Mrs Lee Yu-jen, the first baptized believer of Nan-pao Church on 17th July, also attended this thanks-giving service. Representing Nan-pao Church, Mrs Lee stood up to accept salutes and greetings from the members of the other congregations and choir groups.

In order to release the burden of the working parents in the community, now the ministry of Nan-pao Church mainly focuses to assist the home works study of some elementary school students or teach them lessons of good manners and characters.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Mrs Lee Yu-jen, left most in front row, the first baptized believer of Nan-pao Church, attended this thanks-giving service with the congregation members of Tainan Presbytery.

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3362 Edition

August 1 - 7, 2016

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Commemorating Reform 500 In Taiwan, EKD And PCT Jointly To Hold  A Series Of Itinerary Lectures On Reformation And Human Rights


Reported by Lin Yi-Ying

 

As 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the reformation, initiated by Martin Luther in 1517, Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland(EKD) and PCT plan to hold a series of commemorative events, entitled as "The Reformation and Universal Human Rights", in Taiwan from August 2016 to October 2017.

This series of events is planed to help ecumenical churches, through reviewing our common Christian origin, traditions and the historical reformation, looking forward to meet various challenges in 21st century and marching toward more innovative developments in a multi-dimensional world.

On August 13, through inviting Mr. Martin Eberts of German Institute in Taiwan to deliver a speech on how German faces her historical responsibility via the engagement in transitional justice, PCT launches her first commemorative event of celebrating Reformation 500 at Chi-nan Presbyterian Church.

On October 17, some renown politicians and religious leaders are to be officially invited by PCT to attend a commemorative service and press conference for announcing a series of events to celebrate the Reformation 500 Years.

To help Taiwan church and society appreciate how the legacy of the reformation influences our modern world, three distinguished German theologians, including Dr. Wolfgang Huber, Fr. Anselm Grün and Dr. Volker Leppin, will come to Taiwan and launch a series of itinerary lectures on Christian ethics, spirituality and human rights respectively from October 2016 to November 2017.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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3362 Edition

August 1 - 7, 2016

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Sbalay! President Tsai Ing-wen Apologizes To The Aboriginal

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

In order to implement the transitional justice for aborigines, President Tsai Ing-wen officially apologizes to the aboriginal peoples in Taiwan on August 1st named as Day of the Aboriginal henceforth. This is the first time in Asian history that a president of the country apologizes to her aboriginal peoples.

Explaining the word of "Sbalay", a Tayal vocabulary meaning for "reconciliation", is originated from "Balay" which refers to "truth", President Tsai apologizes to the aboriginal with a vision of reconciliation yet built upon truth. President Tsai mentions 8 reasons why she has to make this apology and proposes concrete ways to correct the past errors.

The official assembly, held in the auditorium of the Presidential Building, starts with the traditional blessings of aborigines, then prayers follow from different religious clergy in their own mother tongues. In his prayer, Rev. Chang Enoch, a PCT pastor from Western Amis Presbytery, asking God to fulfill Taiwan with peace, love and forgiveness as this is a moment of restoring truth and justice!

President Tsai promises to solve the problem of the nuclear waste stored in the Orchid island, i.e. before the arrival of a final solution of those nuclear waste, she will still deliver a way of reasonable compensation for aborigines on the island; regarding the legal rights and status of the plains aborigines, Tsai also agrees to review all the related laws to solve their requests; in order to facilitate the autonomy of the aboriginal government, territories of the aboriginal traditional inhabitant area will be declared publicly from November 1st and the legal legislation on the aboriginal land, sea and languages will speed up. On annual August 1st, Tsai expects the progress of transitional justice of aborigines will be reported by the Executive Yuan and all the Taiwanese peoples could reach a true reconciliation and build Taiwan together as a country full of justice, diversity and equality!

Siyapen Nganaen, an 81-year-old Tao elder representing all Taiwanese aborigines to accept President Tsai's apology, responds in the ceremony that as most aborigines believe in Christ he wish President Tsai will treat aborgines with the love of God. Siyapen Nganaen also believes, since the aborignal peoples come to accept President's apology, this is the start of reconciliation and peace!

Against the implementation of the Aboriginal Committee of Historical Justice and Transitional Justice under the Office of the President, Rev. Omi Wilang, secretary of PCT's Indigenous Mission Committee, delivers his deep worry: how could this committee move forward if those appointed members are not granted any legal investigation power legislated by the congress?!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Chiu Kuo-rong

 


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