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3264 Edition

September 15 - September 21, 2014

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Preparations For PCT 150th Anniversary Are Geared Up

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

As time is getting close to PCT 150th anniversary, due in 2015, PCT Preparatory Committee for 150th anniversary begins to raise many concrete activities. On September 11, the third preparatory meeting is held at East Gate Barclay Memorial Church. Within this meeting many commemoration proposals are confirmed and decided unanimously, attracting the public to learn more about these related programs.

 

 

The first commemoration program, a missionary meeting named as "Preaching Gospel in Love", will be hold at Presbyterian Bible College from November 10th to 12th in 2014. It is estimated that 250 PCT leaders will be invited, including all General Assembly's committee secretaries and representatives from each presbytery and affiliated institutions. This missionary meeting, the first one of three such meetings in total, will discuss a 5 years strategic missionary plan in the coming future. And the conclusion within these meetings, be it special report, discussions and suggestions,   will be published and executed by PCT General Assembly.

 

 

The commemorative wooden cross is committed to Taiwan's national laurate artist Mr. Chang Jin, who is also an elder of Dou-nan Presbyterian Church in Jia-yi presbytery. This wooden cross, which will be made from Taiwan Yellow Cedar (or Taiwan Red Cypress), reaches it base width about 180 cm. And it will be staged in the commemoration service, shown along PCT's mountain climbing activity up to Taiwan highest mountain-Yushan and demonstrated in the missionary assignment service. After the wooden cross is finished, the remaining timbre materials will be made further into small cross within a box laser-cut PCT 150th anniversary on surface, which will be displayed for auction.

 

 

The program pamphlet of PCT 150th anniversary, with catchwords as "Fly Over 150 To See A New Taiwan", is also in edition. Except an introduction to a whole year's activities within 200 pages, this pamphlet is designed with many current fashion ideas,  for example visitors can collect game point deposits at every activity or program site to exchange some designated presents prepared by PCT. In the meantime, in convenience for some smartphone or tablet users, some APP programs for this PCT 150th anniversary are programming now and will be released later.

 

 

On November 6th 2014, in order to celebrate and share such jubilance, PCT prepares to raise a press conference and officially declare 150th anniversary to Taiwan society. The Taiwan public will be urged and invited to take part into pluralistic PCT commemoration activities and mission histories within each districts and peoples, in order to understand PCT's spirit of faith incarnated within Taiwan society and look forward to a New Taiwan led by God.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


PCT's Preparatory Committee for 150th anniversary held her 3rd meeting at East Gate Barclay Memorial Church on September 11, 2014. Within this meeting many commemoration programs are confirmed and decided unanimously.

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek

 
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3263 Edition

September 8 - September 14,  2014

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PCT One-Leads-One Evangelical Movement Focuses On Youth Evangelicalism

 

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

 

From September 1st to 3rd, leaders of every PCT presbytery are invited by evangelical center of "One-Lead-One and New Dubling Movement" to hold an annual evangelical meeting at Hsin-chu. Focusing on the bottle-neck difficulties on youth evangelicalism, PCT general assembly tries to work together with presbyteries and local congregations to find a way out and establish the evangelical ministry agenda for the visions of next year's White Paper report.

 

 

Rather than recruiting only representatives from each presbytery as in the past, Rev. Tsai Nan-hsin -chief executive of PCT evangelical center - emphasized that much more young men, co-workers at college student centers, women and elderly people are also invited to attend this annual evangelical meeting. This is to make our one-leads-one evangelical movement becomes more plural and dynamic.

 

After discussing with the pastors from the presbyteries of aboriginal Paiwan, rural Cha-yi and urban Taipei, Dai Yi-ren, a youth representative from Taichung college student center, concluded that the main cause of PCT's youth decrease are due to (1) PCT is short of characteristics of young people, and (2) local congregations do not catch the real spirit of PCT, let alone to pass it on to the youth. In addition, Dai suggests there should be a communication platform between local congregations and the church youth; otherwise, it is very liable that the youth's critical faith and praxis learned from their PCT campus co-workers or evangelists could be easily excluded by their own local congregations.

 

 

Evangelist Tsai Hen-wei, campus evangelical co-worker at Taichung college student center, points out that the youth need to speak out loud their demand in the church. In the mean time, the youth should also be arranged to take part in the session to learn and understand how the church works. Accordingly, some sovereignty of ministry decision should be shared to the youth.

 

 

Many issues are also discussed by different groups in this annual meeting, including how should college student center cooperate with PCT general assembly and presbytery? What are their respective responsibilities in this one-leads-one evangelical movement?  Could there be any framework to integrate the existent church resources? Is there any meaning or function for the alma mater fellowship after the youth student is graduated? How to care and concern for the pastor kids on campus? How the women fellowship proceed pastoral concern for the young single woman? and etc.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

To make one-leads-one evangelical movement becomes more plural and dynamic, evangelist co-worker at PCT college student centers, students, women and elderly members are invited to attend this annual meeting of One-Leads-One Evangelical Movement at Hsin-chu .

Photo by Simon Lin


 
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3262 Edition

September 1 - September 7, 2014

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Faith And Witness Of Christian Missionaries And Urban Aboriginal Exhibited At The Migration Stories in Taiwan

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

 

From August 27 to March 29 next year, focusing on Christian missionaries, Dachen Archipelago evacuated people, urban aboriginal and new immigrant women from China and south-eastern Asia, an exhibition - The Migration Stories in Taiwan - is held in National Museum of Taiwan History. As PCT has deep connections with missionaries and aboriginal people, PCT General Assembly together with Ku-wah Church of Paiwan Presbytery anf Yong-fu Church of Tainan Presbytery are jointly invited to co-host this event.

 

 

August 27, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the elders and the juvenile youth of Ku-wah Church sing the traditional Paiwan harvest song to express their thanksgiving to God. And the children of Sunday school also sing in old lyrics to praise God.

 

 

This special exhibition, taking modern Taiwan immigrants as the main thread, is intended to lead the audience to reach more mutual understanding, respect and tolerance when diverse immigration modes or multi-faced displacement are encountered in lives. Within this event, not only the difficult experiences and challenging immigration stories of persons or tribes are preciously demonstrated, but also the diverse social textures within Taiwan history are revealed.

 

 

Rev. Duan Sai-yin, pastor of Ku-wah Church at Yong-kang district, expresses her appreciation to the exhibition organizer that her urban aboriginal people who are so hard-working in good faith could finally be written down and recorded into Taiwan history with names and dignities. Reflecting the migration hardship and difficulties, that her church brother and sisters faced when they first came down to urban city from mountain and rural villages, Rev. Duan cannot help but sob in tears. "Have a faith in God, then the job becomes stable; with a stable job, the family becomes good", she sums up the gist of the migration story of the urban aboriginal.

 

 

In the meantime, Christian missionaries dedicating to Taiwan with their passionate love and precious lives are also remembered in this exhibition, like Rev. William Campbell (1841 - 1921) who initiated and pioneered the education to the blind in Taiwan. Mr. Wang Shu-lok, Evangelist of Yong-fu Presbyterian Church, is scheduled to deliver a lecture, titled as "The education for the blind by Rev. William Campbell and Mr. Liao Wan", at 2:30 pm on October 19.

 

 

The exhibition organizer, Ms Wu Jia-nie, remarks that the reason why she chose the Christian missionaries into this migration story event is due to the amazing story of Missionary Marjorie Ingleleiv Bly(1919 - 2008) who sacrificed her whole life, over 40 years, to serve those leprosy patients in the remote Peng-fu islands came to her occasionally and touched her vibrantly. "Because she commits to Taiwan wholeheartedly, Taiwan certainly is her home and would embrace her as dear families", said Wu.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

The elders and the juvenile, representing Paiwan presbytery's Ku-wah Church at Tainan's Yong-kang district, singing the traditional Paiwan harvest song to express their thanksgiving to God on the opening ceremony for the exhibition of The Migration Stories In Taiwan which is kicked off from August 27th 2014 until March 29th 2015.

 

Photo supplied by Jiang Yi-nan

 

Urban aboriginal women attentively looked into their own migration stories in the exhibition hall.

 

Photo supplied by Jiang Yi-nan

 


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