Furniture, kitchen utensils and cookware to outfit 60 new temporary houses were recently presented by local leaders of the Church to members of Taiwan's Paiwan indigenous tribe. The houses are being constructed by the Taiwan government and World Vision, an international Christian relief agency, to accommodate villagers who lost their homes in floods caused by Typhoon Morakot in August.
President Terence Grimley of the Taiwan Taipei Mission formally presented the material to village leaders at a ceremony held at the Jialan community center. Dozens of tribal members attended the event. Prior to the presentation, a joint work force that included local Church members, missionaries and members of the Taiwan military unloaded two trucks carrying the new furniture and kitchen supplies.
The Church has joined as partner with Taiwan's government and World Vision to ensure that the Paiwan families have comfortable temporary housing while they make plans to rebuild in their devastated mountain village.
Wen-fang Tsai and Da-yu Tsai, presidents of the Church's two branches in nearby Taitung, Taiwan, along with Elder Dennis Sparrow and Sister Mary Sparrow, Church humanitarian missionaries, coordinated the purchase of the furniture and kitchenware. Funding for the project was provided by the Church's humanitarian program.
"It is my prayer that the Paiwan villagers will be able to gather their families around the tables we provide and find new strength to move forward," said President Wen-fang Tsai of the Taitung 1st Branch, Hua Lien Taiwan District.