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P. C. T. Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center ~ News Letter 2014 Jan

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P. C. T. Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center ~ News Letter

2014 Jan

The Hero Will Never Being Lonely Anymore The preaching information for the celebration of Christmas to all the foreign crews and new immigrants / Rev. Zhong When we are young, there must be someone that we’re expecting to be in the future; a hero or a truly real man. There are heroes existing everywhere in any countries. Besides some of heroes in the country, there are lots of others around the world: Philippines: Jose-Rizal, Andres Bonifacio. Indonesia: Pangeran-Antasari, Katini. There is a hero, not as famous as other national heroes or worldwide heroes, he launched to the moon, and his name is Armstrong. But there is a kind of hero which I like the best; a people who work hard and fight for their future, never giving up and tolerate pressures. Maybe they are not doing things that big enough to change the world, but they trying so hard that give a little bit convenience to the society. To all of my friends, you are the hero in a family (the hero of your wife, husband, children, sisters and brothers or parent), because you pay your whole life to do great things to your family. When you are tired, when you got hurt, you don’t want to let them know, because they are the only one that you don’t want to hurt; you love them so must. Every day when finishes the work, sit somewhere on the ship, start thinking of family. We pray for them (wish for the safety, kids are well growing up, parents are healthy…etc.). Especially when the birthday; we pray more than ever to hope we can join the celebration of them. Why is that? Because they are important to us and we love them. Today we are celebrating Jesus Christ’s birthday. It’s Christmas Party. Why we are celebrating the Jesus’ birth? Because he is important to us. How important is Jesus to us? Thinking ourselves, we are the same famous heroes. We work hard as all the heroes. Other heroes fight with the invisible monster, we fight with the sea; nothing more and nothing less.

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P. C. T. Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center ~ News Letter

2014 Jan

One more thing that we have the same feeling with other heroes; it’s lonely. Heroes are lonely, they fight with lonely, and we fight with lonely in our heart, too. Do you think we can do all the things? No, we cannot do all the things. We all need help in between! There is a God, He help us in everything and every day. God loves us, He gave us Jesus from heaven. He comes to the earth to be with us and help us. He comforts us when we are hurt. He gave us strength when we are weak. Yes! we are all heroes, but the lonely you got are the lonely all people cannot see. When we are lonely Jesus knows. God created this world; the Holy Spirit is working everywhere and helping everyone. When you got Jesus is in your heart. You will never lonely again. Every time you call his name, he will help you and be with you! God bless you forever. Let’s pray!

2013 Christmas Party

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P. C. T. Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center ~ News Letter

2014 Jan

Cross-cultural understanding and contact Instructor after class / Lee Yi-Wen Translator / Wei-che Fu After a long summer vacation, these kids from cram school seem as naughty as they were before; somehow, they’re a little different. We had spent 4 months together last semester doing homework, and reading storybooks: Some stories were about racial discrimination, some were Vietnamese or Indonesian folk stories. Kids drew their mother or grandmother in little books, and found their country on a big world map. All these lessons were trying to connect the kids and the culture of their home country. The whole world is much too far for the kids, as Cijin is far enough for them to call “the world”; but they didn’t realize that they had something which other kids might not have: a home that can only be reached by airplane. When I asked the kids to do something, such as writing something or reading stories to their mother, they often responded: “Mom can’t understand.” This made me wonder that, we shouldn’t use only Mandarin as the standard of their language ability, and this shouldn’t be the only angle for the kids to view their mother. So we changed into another way in the third week, letting the kids to talk about their parents first. They rarely talked about their mother’s homeland and language before, but some of them said “My mom can speak Vietnamese/Indonesian” initiatively that day. That was a change worthy of record. We can see that kids were trying to change their viewpoint, realizing their mother’s advantage is not in Mandarin but in Vietnamese/Indonesian, as most Taiwanese are unable to speak them. They also realized that teachers were encouraging them to explore their mother’s homeland culture and language. We watched a video titled “Going back to grandmother’s home” by PTS (Public TV Service) in the eleventh week, sharing the experience of going back to mother’s homeland, as kids who didn’t have such experience stared to get interested. This kind of curiosity would lead them to understand and get more close to their mother, and their mother’s language and culture; and this kind of crosscultural understanding and contact is our focal point and goal in education.

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