Chinese - What's Going On?
CHINESE: "What's Going On?" November 2017

Edward Short
Chinese Sr. Producer

Travels, Truth and In-law Trials

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 lived.

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101 )

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.

As 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 www.smzg.org .)

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 information, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lantingji_Xu . The two photos came from this website—a landscape painting and an example of Wang’s calligraphy.)

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.

 

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