On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Held a Meeting with the representatives of Taiwanese-American Community at the Consistory Offices of the Spiritual Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ.
For the second time in the past 80 days, about 25 individuals, representing the Taiwanese American Council of Greater New York (represented by Mr. Hong Tien Lal) and the local Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church (under the leadership of pastor Annie Tsai) visited the Spiritual Center of the UOC of the USA in order to provide support to the people and nation of Ukraine.
In his welcoming remarks, Archbishop Daniel expressed the gratitude of the Church for the generous donation of medical supplies that the local Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church of Hillsborough, NJ provided for the military hospitals in Ukraine. Moreover, Vladyka Daniel reflected upon the similarity between the two nations represented in the meeting, as they struggle against the Governments of Russian and China, which with the same appetite for the invasion and destruction, fight against the sovereign nations of Ukraine and Taiwan. The archbishop expressed prayerful support to the Taiwanese Community of the United States as they live through the aftermath of the sorrowful attack on the Taiwanese Christian community in California.
Mr. Hong Tien Lal, speaking on behalf of the Taiwanese American Council of Greater New York, offered words of support and encouragement to the Ukrainian-American community, as the world witnesses the destruction of the peaceful way of life of Ukraine and her people. Mr. Lal presented His Eminence Archbishop Daniel with a donation of $12,000 for the charitable humanitarian needs of the people of Ukraine.
In her remarks to those in attendance of the meeting, which took place at Metropolitan John Theodorovich Seminary Library, pastor Annie Tsai assured the archbishop and Fr. Vasyl Pasakas, who coordinated the meeting and the transfer of medical supplies, of the prayerful disposition of the Taiwanese Presbyterian community towards the people of Ukraine and the needs of Ukrainian wounded soldiers and their families.
The meeting concluded with a prayer, which was recited in Taiwanese, Ukrainian and English languages for the people of Ukraine and Taiwan.