Amazing Grace Choir just completed the afternoon performance at Tai-Dong Wu-Lin jail and were waiting for the bus to come to pick up for dinner. We were scattered around, enjoyed the surrounding scenery and tried to relax. Continue reading Father and Son
Teaching and learning occupied a large fraction of my retirement life: after-school tutoring, church bible schooling, church counseling, small group studying, chamber music rehearsing and choir practicing, etc. My children had graduated from the universities and are working now. Thinking back on my parenting, it could be better. Reading “Time” magazine on January 31, 2011 issue, with the cover page – “The Truth about Tiger Moms”, my already archived childhood memories were brought back fresh, almost. Continue reading Preparing Our Children for the Future
[2 ] Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. [3 ] In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. [5 ] One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. [6 ] When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” Continue reading “Do you want to be healed?”
I attended Forerunner Church’s “Winter Conference” in the Christmas weekend. I am overwhelmed with the number of participants. This conference is particularly for men (brothers). Lots of men had been hurt from childhood and showed brokenness in adult life. The heavy pressures in working places and the desires to keep up social & wealth status caused many men to indulge in alcohol, drugs, internet porn and other addictive behaviors. Continue reading The Power of Vulnerability — “Authenticity” explained
My friend e-mailed me a letter from a middle-aged woman from Taiwan who is seeking helps. I felt pain on reading this lady’s letter. Without personally knowing her and just from the descriptions of her symptoms, e.g. hearing voices, I guess that she may suffer certain degree of schizophrenia — 十多年不斷攪擾我的聲音, 我被那些聲音弄得數不清多少次自殺危機. 那些聲音也是持鬼附, 或是精神疾病本就會有的爭論點. (The voice continuously disturbed me for ten years and I had countless several times thinking suicide. People will argue whether it is the demon voice, or is the symptom of mental illness). — Her doctor should let her know if this is the case.
This woman believed that the prayers helped her. For people suffering in mental illness, music is another great way to help. Robert Gupta, a young violinist in LA philharmonic orchestra gave this beautiful talk in “TED” — “Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity”.
You can find the Chinese text in the “interactive transcript” near the “About this talk”.
This is the story about Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, the Juilliard-trained double bassist whose promising career was cut short by a tragic affliction with paranoid schizophrenia. The story was written into a book “The Soloist” and later made into a movie. http://www.soloistmovie.com/
Saddleback Church has an excellent church counseling program and offered training for the members who wants to be church counselors. My wife, Betty and I attended the 30-week long counseling class and received the certificates in 2008. We have not pursued afterwards to actually practice counseling because of time requirement and uncertain of our abilities.
My NTU classmate, Dr. Tu encouraged me to involve in the counseling programs whenever I visit Taiwan and got me connected with Sulian Chen, the secretary general of an association actively operating a jail ministry (中華民國矯正機關收容人關懷協會). Though jail ministry is not my original intent in counseling, I was attracted by the enthusiasm, the professionalism and the Christian love radiated from Sulian. Consequently, I worked with Sulian in jail ministry for three weeks, two whole days per week mainly in Yunlin jail. Continue reading Taiwan Jail Ministry