German bishop visiting local churches, projects

Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Jun 24, 2013 - Page 3

A German bishop and his delegation will visit Taiwan from today to Wednesday to meet with their Taiwanese church partners and show their support for a fishermen’s center in Greater Kaohsiung.

The eight-member delegation includes Markus Droge, bishop of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper-Lusatia (EKBO), and Roland Herpich, director of the Berlin Mission, EKBO said in a statement.

During their stay, they will meet with members of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, discuss the operation of the fishermen’s center and talk about possible exchanges of young volunteers, the Berlin church said said.

The Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center was established in 1986 by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan to help fishermen who suffered shipwrecks at sea or were detained in other countries.

The center also helps fishermen settle disputes, retrieve detained ships and vie for better benefits and employment opportunities.

Taiwan is one leg of the delegation’s visit to East Asia, which started on Thursday last week and ends on July 4, and includes trips to China, Japan and South Korea.

“The main purpose is to keep in contact with our partner churches and to visit some of the projects the Berlin Mission supports,” EKBO deputy spokesperson Heike Krohn said by e-mail.