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2018/4/24
Ecumenical partners and guests visit Khau-Pi Presbyterian Church

During the 63rd General Assembly meeting ecumenical partners and guests had the opportunity to visit Khau-Pi Presbyterian Church which was established on 4 September 1953. The participants were warmly welcomed by the current pastor, Rev. LI Hau-Tiong, who gave a brief introduction to the Khau-Pi PresbyterianChurch and history of Tainan's Siraya people. As a Pingpu Indigenous tribe, he explained, the Siraya’s are calling for official tribal recognition by the Taiwan government. Rev. Li also mentioned that bamboo is a valuable crop for the Siraya Tribe.

Concerning the church ministry Rev. Li highlighted their mission focus is both contextual and to serve people. Furthermore, Khau-Pi Presbyterian Church like many rural congregations faces many challenges such as aging population, urban migration, poverty, education, ethnic identity and land ownership. In order to address these problems, the church helped establish five organizations which are: Siraya Cooperative Association, Siraya Culture Association, Khau-Pi Community Service Center, Sunshine True Love Youth Association and Yi-zen Credit Union.

After visiting Khau-Pi Presbyterian Church, the guests were taken to Green Valley to meet Elder Talavan who is pledged to the revitalization of Sirayan culture. In addition to introducing various ethnic and creative musical instruments Elder Talavan explained the issue of claiming Indigenous status to our ecumenical partners. Furthermore he pointed out that human beings are made in the image of God and his personal desire is to uphold the original image of Siraya Tribe with dignity. “May God have mercy on us, and bless us,” said Elder Talavan.

Khau-Pi Presbyterian Church

Rev. LI Hau-Tiong, who gave a brief introduction to the Khau-Pi PresbyterianChurch and history of Tainan's Siraya people.

Siraya Tower

The 63rd General Assembly meeting ecumenical partners and guests visitKhau-Pi Presbyterian Church.

Rev. HASHIMOTO Satoru and Rev. ADACHI Yukinori from ODCEC Japan take a picture in front of the Siraya "reception cottage".

Rev. LI Hau-Tiong explains the history of the Siraya.

Visitning Elder Talavan. Elder Talavan plays Sirayan instrument. Please take a look here.

Rev. LEE Chulho, General Secretary of KEC, tries to play the Siraya musical instrument.

Rev. NINOMIYA Ichiro from JCCJ tries to play the Sirayamusical instrument.

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