SANCHONG DISTRICT, Taiwan
- May 12, 2020
-- The coronavirus recoil is now happening; impacting greatly all aspects of life, such as economy, livelihood, social and family relations, but also seriously affecting people's physical and mental health. The Mustard Seed Mission(MSM)
, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan(PCT) and Taiwan Graduate School of Theology (TGST) jointly launched the Line official account "7885 Mustard Seed Helpline "(7885芥助網解憂專線), where one-on-one listen, pray and accompany are offered. The epidemic outbreaks globally, the Helpline also serves Taiwanese overseas, hoping to call on 100 pastors to join the ranks of helping others and live out the love of Christ.
The coronavirus pandemic outbreak has caused the spread of pessimism, including confusion about the future due to a sharp decline in income or sudden unemployment;
conflict and violence between family members for being a long time at home; loneliness or even distrust due to restricted activities and interpersonal alienation. MSM, PCT and TGST jointly launched the "7885 Mustard Seed Helpline", and called on pastors with relevant experience to join the ranks; to listen to the help-seekers, relieve their negative emotions and show empathy. Especially for Christians who have not yet had a stable church life or who cannot easily express their difficulties, the "7885 Mustard Seed Helpline " is a channel where people can share safely and ease their worries.
At present, more than 50 pastors have participated, women and men half and half, with 70% of them aged 45-69 years old, offering over 12 languages of support including Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, Taiwan's Aboriginal languages, English, Japanese, Vietnamese and German. Rev. Lin Weilien, the secretary of the Church and Society Committee of the PCT, said that disturbances occur when the Taiwan society has radical changes, and the vulnerable group at the grass-roots level are the first to disintegrate. PCT has long cared for single-parent families, new immigrants and working class. Seeing the impact of the epidemic on both life and spiritual level and people longing for peace, PCT responded to the needs and supported "7885 Mustard Seed Helpline", as a diversified channel to ease people's worries via intercession.
People can open the LINE APP and search "@187yfeyj"
in Official Account page for the "7885 Mustard Seed Helpline" account (7885芥助網解憂專線), join the 7885 official account and start the service by free call or texts. Meanwhile, "Mustard Seed E-Learning" facebook page (芥助共學網) is also launched (https: //www.facebook. com / MSelearing (https://www.facebook.com/MSelearing
)), providing a selection of various courses and rich learning resources such as MSM courses for Indigenous people, new immigrants, elders and youth employment empowerment. People are invited to learn online safely during the epidemic prevention period, let learning continue at-home!