Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Home Away from Home

St. Christopher Church 

"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24-25

The church was established after World War II by American Military Personnel who stayed behind after the war. Very few Americans were left in Taiwan, so Filipino Migrant Workers started flocking the church. In 1997, Filipino priest head the church up to now...

From then on, Sundays in the vicinity of St. Christopher Church  in Zhongshan seems like Fiesta. Most of the Filipino Migrant Workers not only participate in Sunday's Mass but also the place where they meet up friends.  The church has different group communities serving people. There are also Filipino stores, restaurants, and park nearby that makes the place a social hub for Filipinos.

The church became my comfort zone when I was still living nearby, and I even volunteered for years as one of the lecturer (bible reader) in English Mass. Truly, the church is home away from home...

By the way, Today is also Father's Day here in Taiwan... 8/8 means Ba ba (or Pa pa)...


A glimpe of St. Christopher

25 comments:

Mildred said...

Hello Lani, Thank you for sharing these lovely images of the church which means so much to you. It is nice to see your part of the world so far away. Blessings to you this weekend.

debbie said...

DEAR LANI,
HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE FATHERS IN TAIPEI.
THE CHURCH IS OUR TRUEST HOME AND WE ARE HEADED TO HEAVEN TO RESIDE WITH JESUS IN OUR ETERNAL HOME.I LOVE YOUR SCRIPTURE. THIS POST WAS VERY INTERESTING AND I LOVE THE PICTURE OF YOUR CHURCH. IT IS VERY PRETTY. IF CHRISTIANS HAVE NOTHING TO BE JOYOUS ABOUT THAN THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THE WORLD.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Halcyon said...

I like the way it looks from the outside. It has an interesting design.

LV said...

Enoyed seeing the pictures of that great church. Thank you for sharing the interesting story behind it.

Olivia~ said...

Wow, this is a beautiful post! HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!
Hugs,
Olivia

Whidbey Woman said...

What an interesting post! Thanks for sharing this, and Happy Father's Day!

NanE said...

Welcome to PINK Saturday! I really enjoyed your post and the Scripture you picked is perfect. Thank you for sharing, have a great weekend, Nan

Jorgelina said...

Welcome and happy pink Saturday!

Ralph said...

That is a beautiful church, the modern style impressive with the cross at its perfect place above the worshipers. The modern is accented nicely by the shade tree that allows even more beauty on the building. Nice!

Gayle said...

Thsnks for sharing your home away from home. It looks lovely.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots.

My Shadow Shots, have a lovely weekend!

Vintage French Hen said...

What a beautiful, inspirational posting! Thank you so much for haring! happy pink Saturday and fathers day to all the Taiwan fathers! Marcia in California

Dianne said...

Lani,
A beautiful, beautiful church--I know it is a haven for you. I love what the banner says--Yes, Lord, come, make haste to help us. Thank you.

anka said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely story and the images.
Have a great Sunday!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hello Lani....What a wonderful and interesting post. I am fascinated with the church and how it is still being used....and they say Christianity is on the way out....I don't think so!!!!
Thank you, so much, for sharing!
Jil

sarah said...

beautiful church Lani. Have a great weekend.

Valrie said...

Loved you post and all the beautiful pictures. Happy Father's Day and PS. Please come by for a visit at one of my blogs soon!

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sewingseeds4U said...

No matter where we are, there is always comfort in God's house. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

Hey Harriet said...

Gorgeous photo! And a Happy Fathers Day to all the dads in Taiwan!

PS - I deleted that link you mentioned. Easy peasy :)

EG Wow said...

I love the colourful flags in front of the shadows as well as the shadows themselves. :)

Virginia said...

Enoyed seeing the pictures of that great church.
Sweet Blesings,
Virginia

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing your church with us, Lani. It has a great history.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Renee said...

Having lived in the Philippines for 2 yrs. (74'-76') and spending a few days in Taipei Taiwan at that time, I found your post especially interesting! Thanks so much for sharing it with us...

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I can just see every pew full of people loving the Lord. Thank-you for sharing this today.
Blessings,
Ginger

Louis la Vache said...

A very interesting post, Lani. The quote you used from Hebrews is one of «Louis'» favorites. Filipinos living here make their Catholic parishes community gathering places, too.

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