The coworkers in US after much prayer have decided to cancel ADVENT Taiwan 2020. This is due to the uncertainty as posed by the widespread of Wuhan Novel Coronal Virus. The following issues are specially critical to our decision:
1. The putting off of the Taiwan summer schedule to two weeks posed constrain to our tight summer vacation for the American Volunteers. If Taiwan requires 14 days self-quarantine for the international travelers, and should US also requires 14 days self-quarantine for her citizens return from international travel, they would pose great issue for our volunteers to and back from Taiwan.
2. The schools in Taiwan have uncertainty regarding whether they plan to have summer camps. The current rule reuires the class to be suspended if there is one COVID-19 case in the class; and the entire school be suspended if two COVID-19 cases occur in the school. For a meeting of more than 100 people, permission is needed from the government. Meeting over 500 people is not allowed. These rules will pose difficulty in running our English camps.
3. Vaccine is currently developed in US and will not be safely available to the public until one and a half year from now. Vaccine from other countries may also become available in about the same time. The saying of the Coronal Virus will be killed by the warm summer weather does not seem to stand as Singapore is a city state located in equator, and the Wuhan virus is also going on there. It is therefore best to wait until the vaccines become available to the public. The threat to the American volunteers and the Taiwanese students will be much diminished at that time.
Our preparation for ADVENT Taiwan 2020 is almost complete. We will use this material for ADVENT Taiwan 2021.
Thank you for praying for the preparation of ADVENT Taiwan 2020. Now this difficult decision is made, let us pray for the control of the virus and the smooth and effective execution of ADVENT Taiwan 2021.
Dr. Joseph Chang