Uncle Shin, an old salt, loves the blue sea and the blue sky. Yet his recent homecoming changed all that: all he remembers from sailing home alone on his son’s boat is the relentless blue.
The July 2012 Newsletter of the P.C.T Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center in Taiwan relates the bitter story of a fisher and father’s tragic life.
Uncle Shin’s son, A-chang, was a fisher too. But tragedy struck when A-chang’s second child died and his newborn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Six feet and four inches tall in his boots, A-chang was a self-respecting breadwinner, and refused to be defeated by his hard luck. He simply sailed farther and farther to find fish. Until, one day, communication was lost. Four days later the ship was found, abandoned, and A-chang missing. An investigation ensued. Finally, foreign fishers owned up to having murdered A-chang and dumping his body in the sea.
The PCT Seamen’s / Fishermen’s Service Center provided what comfort it could muster, helping the family to seek compensation and welfare support. Pastor Cheng and the local church stood by them through the ordeal.
Uncle Shin will, no doubt, return to sea to ply his trade. We pray that he may learn again to love the blue planet of God’s creation, and to put aside those empty days of repatriating his beloved son’s boat. If Uncle Shin, a simple dad, would not leave his son’s property abandoned, much less would God abandon us.