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Church-run Youth Rehab Center Opens in Southern Taiwan

From "Char and David Alexander" <>
Date Fri, 22 Aug 2003 12:12:29 -0400

Taiwan Church News 2682, July 21-27, 2003
Reported by Ming-jer , Translated and rewritten by David Alexander

   After nine years of preparatory and construction work, the House of Hope,
youth counseling and rehabilitation center in Tainan County, finally held its
dedicatory ceremony on July 19th.  The House of Hope is a ministry of the
Galilee Mission Center, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT).
The preacher at the dedication was the Rev. Dr. C. M. Kao, national policy
advisor to Taiwan's president, Chen Shui-bian.
   Dr. Kao expressed a hope that the center could become an agency of true
love, which he defined as "love of God, love of humanity and love of all
creation."  He said that within the context of true love lost and broken
people served by the center could find potential for renewal of life.
   The ceremony was also addressed by Tainan County Magistrate Su Huan-jyh,
who represented the civil sponsorship and funding behind the ministry.	He
pointed out that though Galilee Mission Center and the House of Hope are
religious non-profit agencies, the alliance between the local government and
the church was firmly in place for the sake of youth welfare.
   There are currently 15 young people receiving counseling and therapy at
House of Hope.	Rev. Tan Khun-seng, the president of Galilee, pointed out
all have come from disfunctional or otherwise broken home situations.  He
expressed a personal hope that the agency, its residents and staff could all
live to the glory of God and the benefit of humankind.

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