Travels, Truth and
Because of the diverse needs of a radio station that broadcasts in six
languages, the staff of World Christian Broadcasting comes from a variety of
countries and backgrounds. This situation in turn means that our staff
members have family, friends and obligations in as many places as they have
During October, Shu Mei Lee returned to Taiwan to visit her elderly
parents—Mr. and Mrs. Zhou (see photo)— and to attend the wedding of her
niece. My wife (Sharon) and I too returned to Taiwan where we lived for so
long and where our children were born. While in Taiwan, Sharon and I visited
Shu Mei’s parents, but we were not able to attend the wedding.
The concept of “filial piety” is an integral part of Chinese society.
This includes children obeying their parents (not only when young but
throughout their lives), and caring for their parents when the parents are
elderly. Returning home for weddings, some birthdays, most funerals and on
some other occasions as well is expected of a “filial” son or daughter.
Thus, Shu Mei’s returning home for the wedding of her older brother’s child
was fun for her and the family but it was also important culturally.
When Shu Mei Lee was born, the city of Hsin Chu was a small, sleepy
whistle stop about fifty miles south of Taipei. Today, one never leaves
“city” when traveling between the two places. Taipei now houses over two
million people and the population of “greater Taipei” is in excess of seven
million. Hsin Chu itself is home to over 434,000.
When we moved to Taiwan in 1967, the tallest building I remember was
about fifteen stories. When completed in 2003, Taipei 101 Building was the
tallest in the world. With its 101 stories above ground and five below, it
held the distinction of “world’s tallest” until 2010, when the Burj Khalifa
in Dubai surpassed it. We have a friend whose office is in Taipei 101, and
she told us that excitement reigns when the building begins to sway in an
earthquake or typhoon. (See:
Three churches invited Sharon and me to Taiwan this time. I was asked to
speak at a Christian retreat and then at each of the three churches as well.
Altogether, I spoke formerly on ten occasions, plus many other conversations
with individuals. I introduced World Christian Broadcasting’s Chinese
service to each audience and even turned on a broadcast via my smartphone on
several occasions so people could hear what is available to them 24/7/365.
In general, folks seemed eager to listen. We saw a man in south Taiwan who
said that he listens to the Chinese broadcast every day.
Taiwan continues to use “traditional” Chinese characters (as opposed to
“simplified” characters that mainland China uses), our website includes a
function that converts the simplified characters to traditional Chinese.
This function has its limitations, but it is a necessary item; otherwise,
the people in Taiwan would not care for the website. (Our website address is
With Shu Mei Lee and me both overseas, Edward Ho remained in the studio
and kept the production wheels turning! Edward did interviews with two
people—Mr. Wu and Mrs. Lv. Mr. Zihe Wu, an evangelist from the Philippines,
discussed the Chinese population in that country and the influence of Jesus
Christ in Philippine culture.
Ho’s interview with Mrs. Lv Qiaoqiao, an educator from Taiwan, was about
the way God restored her health. She in turn serves her students with the
love of God and shows them how God blessed her life.
Edward Ho also wrote several scripts during October. I hope his ability
to write more scripts was due to the absence of his two co-workers! Here is
what Edward said about the articles he produced:
1) Suffering of Christ. Christians are willing to suffer in difficult
relationships because their Savior, Jesus, provided the example of how
he dealt with difficult people.
2) Peter, the Apostle. Jesus chose Peter to be one of the twelve
apostles. He is practical and knows how to catch fish. As Peter later
become one of the church leaders, his writing shows readers that faith
in Jesus would enable them to live godly and righteous lives.
3) What is Eternal Life and How does One Inherit it? Jesus is eternal
life. Jesus’ life not only shows the ways of eternal life, but also the
qualities of eternal life. Jesus lived and died; but God raised him up
from death. By doing so God assures us that to live our lives as Jesus
lived is our way to eternal life.
4) A Famous Place and its Famous Literature. Time spent with a
Chinese family as they cared for their loved one in the hospital
inspired this script. Their hometown, Shao Xing, China, is famous for
the celebrated artist Wang Xi Zhi (303? — 361?) and his beautiful
calligraphy, the Lan Ting Ji Xu ("Preface to the Poems Collected from
the Orchid Pavilion"). With this as the introduction, I then talked
about Galatia, the apostle Paul, and his famous writing—the letter to
Christians in Galatia, and the significance of that letter. (For more
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lantingji_Xu . The two photos came
from this website—a landscape painting and an example of Wang’s
5) Jesus, the Best Blessing of God. Colossians highlights the
importance of Jesus and the wonderful blessings through which God
blesses mankind. Jesus brings sinners back to God. Jesus lived a
life-changing life, which empowers believers today and transforms their
lives. The clear marks of the New Life should be evident in marriage, at
home, in the work place and at church.
6) The Christian Way of Making Friends. Colossians 3:12-15 yields an
analogy by using human body parts to secure good relationships. Verse 12
points to five spiritual fingers, verse 13 shows two hugging arms, verse
14 ads a heart of love, and verse 15 includes a mindset that reminds us
to yield to others.
7) What Kind of a Person Am I? The first four persons that Jesus
called (as recorded in the Gospel of John) provide a window of
self-examination. These people help us understand ourselves by viewing
our response to Jesus as compared to their response.
Salina Ho wrote some articles as well, and she also translated an article
in a series on conflict resolution. She recorded our new frequency
announcements as well. This is what Salina said about her articles:
1) “A log in your own eye”— in the Happy Family series: We often
judge others without realizing we may have the same problem that they
have, only bigger. In this story, I talk about relationships at home
with one’s spouse and in-laws. If we apply Bible principles, our
relationships will be greatly improved. (Picture from revandy.org.)
2) Helping In-laws with a Servant’s Heart — in the Happy Family
series: When I was upset with my difficult mother-in-law, the Lord set
me straight by telling me I should have the attitude of a servant. I do
not need her praise and affirmation because the one whom I serve is our
Father in heaven. This story is for all daughters-in-law.
3) “I remember” (#4): This is a series about how to create lasting
memories for our children. This article talks about how a nice surprise
can work wonders with children.
We are thankful for these new scripts and we pray God’s blessings on each
one! May they influence minds, hearts and lives! May these articles help
people turn toward God in faith!
Thanks for reading.