Taiwan Church News
November 16 – 22, 2015
Love Our Home Land Through Mountain Clean Up
Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan
In order to commemorate PCT 150 and promote a deep care toward our homeland Taiwan, an activity of mountain cleanup was held by the Church and Society Committee of PCT Tainan Presbytery at Kou-bei Church on November 15.
Through leading the audience, entering into the original habitat of the Siraya people at Shinhua National Forest Arboretum and Jiucengling area and clearing up the waste and junk thrown irresponsibly in the mountain, senior elders of Kou-bei Church explained how their Siraya forebears lived their lives in the mountain and found their ways out of this remote forest to build a church and practice their faith.
Before giving his outdoor sermon, entitled as “The Heart’s Soil and The Blessed Land”, in the opening thanksgiving service inside Shinhua National Forest Arboretum, Rev. Lee Chung-hsiao asked the assembly to close their eyes to feel: what they had heard? what they had smelt? what kinds of picture emerged from their heart? Especially, when the surroundings were full of insect’s chanting, bird’s singing and the flower’s fragrance.
Rev. Lee pointed out that the whole creation is a big family. When the people unabatedly exploited the environment to meet their own selfish desires, disregarding the will of the creator, it’s no wonder even the apostle Paul had seemed to prophesy a very miserable vision at our times that “the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now”.
Rev. Lee encouraged the assembly, when they were engaging the mountain cleanup, to listen attentively to the heartbeat of the homeland, attend carefully to local stories told by the elders and then act resolutely to care for this beautiful island. “Mountain cleanup is not a job to be done once for all, but an everlasting action to clean up our confused mind which is the root of all kinds of pollution”, said Rev. Lee.
Translated by Peter Wolfe
“Mountain cleanup is not a job to be done once for all, but an everlasting action to clean up our confused mind which is the root of all kinds of pollution”, said Rev. Lee Chung-hsiao – pastor of Kou-bei Presbyterian Church.
Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan