At the Horizon: The Franklin Graham Festival (October 30th-Nov.2nd)
The Chinese Christian Evangelistic Association as a respresetning body for most evangelical churches of Taiwan was chosen as the partner to work with the Bill Graham Association to prepare the Festival with Franklin Graham with fall. This not only saves the BGEA team from sending a lot of coworker from overseas, but also helps them to bridge cultural differences easier. Since the BGEA team quickly became aware of the high number of guestworkers from mostly unreached or poorly reached Asian countries the TECC (Taiwan Expatriate Caring Committee) was approched to consider participation in the "International Committee of Churches" in the Greater Taipei area.
As the coordinator of TECC Alain was asked to coordinate the training of instructors each participant representing its people and language group (Thai, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Indonesian, English).We are thankfull to say that the LORD has given those leaders and translation of evangelistic and follow-up BGEA material in Thai, Vietnamese and Bahasi has began last week. By Juni 19th more than 200 churches in the Greater Taipei area had committed to support the Festival, some of them implementing the Operation Andrew program in their churches already. Taipei at the moment counts 428 churches, while Hualien County and Taitung County in eastern Taiwan have the second highest number with 299 and 266 churches respectivly. In Taiwan 78% of the officially registered 11,651 temples are Taoist, while close to 20% are Buddhist (according to MOI). In terms of cities and counties, Tainan in southern Taiwan with 1,234 temples has the highest number of religious buildings (temples and churches), followed by Kaoshiung County with 1,135 and Pingtung County with 1,067 most of them temples not churches.Therefore Taiwans churches have decided to begin with a Christian spiritual and cultural transformation in Taipei hopefully extending this effort soon southwards.