Trapped: A Strange Story

By Sister Judith Malon, OSA

We are Agustinian Sisters Working in the Mountains of Taiwan

When we first arrived we were introduced to Yawee, a close friend of Fr. Barry the parish priest of Ching Chuan. Yawee is in his late thirties now, married and has six children now, the youngest of which was given for adoption. He sometimes accompanies us when we visit families in the evening, giving a helping hand to my sister companion who could hardly manage to climb hills. Yawee had a drinking problem. He wanted to stop drinking and here’s his strange story.

Room 1003

By Fr. Wens Padilla, CICM

Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

With 20 million people, Taiwan is the Worlds most densely populated country. In this article Fr. Wens Padilla, CICM, a Filipino missionary in Taipei, tells us about a day in the life of a Superior of a dynamic group of missionaries.

Hearty Welcome
As the days and months come go, the office unfolds itself to familiarity. The file cabinets are time and again revisited, the sometimes squeaky sliding doors of the various bookshelves are slid with much frequency, the chairs in the reception are not underused, for the four –line administrative telephone, together with the black colored one with a wireless receiver, are given plenty attention, and, an electric typewriter gets plugged in daily and keep on changing ribbons and correction tapes. Day is and day out, at atmosphere of busy-ness” prevails over the room. As the former occupant used to say, “There is always something to be done.” But anyone who comes in and goes out is given a hearty welcome…if not by the man behind the table, at least by the ever-ready –to-be-seatled-on-easychairs.

Tribal Tattoo

By Sr. Judith Malon, OSA
A Missionary in Taiwan

Mountain People
The Taiwan aborigines surviving today are generally known as mountain tribespeople, and classified into nine main groups.

Tattoo on the Face
Facial tattooing is a special feature of the Atayal tribe, the mountain people among whom I work here in Chingchuan, the men wear one or more vertical stripes tattooed on the forehead and chin, while the women may wear three or five vertical stripes in the center of forehead, with between one and three short horizontal stripes on either side forming a cross- shaped design. Or they may wear doubled stripes running from the ears to the corners of the mouth, or to the upper chin.

Bookstore in Taiwan

Sister Agnes Gabito FSP,
A Filipino missionary

In Taiwan for 24 years

In the year 1963, two weeks after my final vows, I left the Philippines and went to China to spread the good news with Chinese brothers and sisters. I spent almost half of my existence in that mission as other missionaries did, and I would willingly share a few of the truths I discovered and lived during those 26 years away from my own country. Those experiences were precious and have become a part of my life.