Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Day of Ghost Month

The seventh month of the lunar calendar, also known as “Ghost Month,” began today.

People immersed in  local Taiwanese folk religion believe that on the first day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar, the gates of hell are opened for one month, allowing spirits imprisoned in the ten halls of hell (18 levels sort of like purgatory) out for a vacation as they wander to and fro in the physical world.

Our “Peace Truck” hit the street about 9:45 am. It also offers a prayer hotline for situations both related and not related to ghost month. May God in His wisdom use the music and spoken words to set up divine appointments which lead to peace, wholeness, healing, and deliverance.  

We had some outside help from interested acquaintances in the community this time around. First, a friend from the community with whom we maintain a cordial relationship lent her voice for part of the recording. Second, the man from the advertising company felt our poster did not have an acceptably-high pixel density. So he took the initiative of having his junior higher put another one together for us. While I  prefer our original design better (the picture of Jesus with the lambs is too traditional for my taste), the text, telephone number, etc. are much more visible on his. In the end, for the sake of cordial relationships and not wanting to dampen his enthusiasm, I mixed them up, with his on the left and front, and ours on the back and right. May God use both of them!

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For the other poster, and text published previously, etc. click here. Also, here’s a video of this morning’s action if anyone cares to watch:

2 comments:

Amrita said...

First of all le t me say that th e streets are very neat and clean and well organized. There i s hardkly any traffic . Was it a holiday when you shot the video?

May God use the Peace Truck to draw many to Himself. I will pray for this.

This month there is concentrated Hindu worship for their gid Shiva , then Aug 12 the Ramadan fasting begins for the Muslims.

Taiwan Prattler said...

Yes, I agree. The street was fairly empty yesterday late morning. Sundays (busy market days) are much busier. People stay inside more during the heat and bright sun of summer.