Introduction and Background
In December 2012 and January 2013, eight young people from the Auckland Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and the Rev Dr Stuart Vogel spent a month in Taichung City, Taiwan on a mission trip focused on children, coordinated with the Rev Danny Chen, formerly the minister of Auckland Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. In 2009,the Presbytery of Taichung of the PCT and the Northern Presbytery of the PCANZ established a partnership relationship and this mission trip was an expression of that. The mission was based at Wuri Church, which is a local Church in Taichung City. The mission will take place again this year from around 15 December 2013 to the 15 January 2014, exact dates to be confirmed.
In 2012 we sent a team of young people to teach Basic English classes in 4 Public Elementary Schools in and around Taichung, which is a large city situated in the centre of Taiwan. The team had interactions with the children (aged 6 to 12) and staff of the schools. The team in 2012?2013 was generously welcomed and the mission was a great success.
This year we will be sending 2 teams into 4 Elementary Schools, with one school being an Indigenous School of the Bunun Tribe in the mountain area. The team will once again teach children about New Zealand life and culture. We will organize fun games and sports activities with the children, as well as share something about the Christian Faith and Virtues indirectly (as it is forbidden to talk about religion in public schools).Hopefully we could invite these children back to local churches in the area and give them the opportunity to hear the Gospel. On the weekends we will take part in Sunday services, Christmas services and other Church and youth activities. In our free time we will explore the Taiwanese culture and do some sightseeing.
The Mission Team and Coordinators
This year we are inviting 8 young people from any congregation in the Northern Presbytery who do not speak Mandarin and are not of Taiwanese background, and 8 young people from the Auckland Taiwanese Presbyterian
Church (ATPC). This is so we can communicate in Mandarin as well as bringing more Kiwi diversity to Taiwan.
The Mission is administered by the Asian Council of the PCANZ on behalf of the Northern Presbytery. The ATPC Coordinator is the Rev Mark Wen and the Taichung Presbytery Coordinator is the Rev Danny Chen. The overall coordinator for the programme and for the non?Taiwanese participants is the Rev Dr. Stuart Vogel. The Asian Council Representatives are Mr. Peter Lin and the Rev Han Kyoung Gyun
To Join the Team
? You need to speak English
? Aged 18-30
? Love children
? Be able to work in a team
? Be prepared serve Christ and share the Christian faith
? Consent and support from your Church Council
We anticipate having the team to get together on every Sunday afternoon in October 2013,for you to get to know the team, and to prepare you for this mission. This will involve preparing teaching material, activities and games for lessons. Learning and practising praise and worship songs(some in simple Mandarin as well as English), and gathering presentation material in regards to New Zealand culture and the Christian faith which will be used in church services, activities as well as in classes.
Accommodation and food will be prepared by the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. Current airfare to Taiwan is around $1,500.
? The Asian Council will be funding 1/3 of your airfare.
? Your own congregation will need to fund 1/3 of your airfare.
? You will need to fund 1/3 of your airfare.
The Asian Council is committed and hopes that no young person who is selected to go will be prevented from doing so, because they and/or their congregation can not fund this mission. In any case iffunding is an issue for you and/or your congregation, please apply anyway and raise the matter confidentially with Rev Dr Stuart Vogel, or ask your minister to do so.