This set of maps looks at the Protestant Church situation in three districts of Kaohsiung City and five townships of Pingtung County for which the population / number of Protestant churches ratio is over 10,000. These eight areas stand out because the other 35 subdivisions of Kaohsiung City and the other 28 subdivisions of Pingtung County all have a population / number of Protestant churches ratio that is less than 10,000.

 

The eight relatively unchurched areas are:

 

Kaohsiung City: Yungan District ( 永安區 ), Linyuan District ( 林園區 ), and Hsiaokang District (小港區 ).

 

Pingtung County: Yenpu Township ( 鹽埔鄉 ), Wantan Township ( 萬丹鄉 ), Hsinyuan Township ( 新園鄉 ), Liuchiu Township ( 琉球鄉 ), and Nanchou Township ( 南州鄉 ).

 

The locations of these eight areas are shown on Map 1. The total number of Protestant churches in these eight areas is 31 churches and the total population of the eight areas was 378,408 in December, 2016. Both statistics are from the 2019 – 2020 Taiwan Church Handbook*. Map 1 also includes the population, from the 2019 – 2010 Taiwan Church Handbook, and the number of Protestant churches for each of the eight areas.

 

To provide some details about these eight areas a set of five maps was made for each one. These maps will hopefully be helpful to those who want to better understand these areas with an eye to prayer and ministry planning, including the starting of new churches.

 

The five maps are:

 

Map A shows the November, 2018, population for each neighborhood (里) or village (村) of the eight districts/townships. The locations of the Protestant churches listed in the 2019 – 2020 Taiwan Church Handbook for each of the eight areas are shown on Map A. The church locations are also shown on each of the other four maps made for each place.

 

Map B is designed to give information on the education level of the population in each neighborhood or village. The percentage of the population 15 years old, and older, that did not go beyond Junior High School graduation in their formal education is shown on this map.

 

Map C also presents education level statistics. The percentage of the population 15 years old, and older, that have a college, or higher, degree is shown on this map.

 

Map D is different in that it shows neighborhood/village boundaries and Protestant church locations over satellite imagery. This kind of map makes it possible to easily get a rough idea of where population concentrations are with respect to the locations of churches. Knowing this could be an early step in picking a location that could be considered for starting a new church.

 

Map E shows the gender ratio in terms of the number of males for every 100 females (a measure used by the Taiwan government) for each neighborhood/village. There are some major differences in the gender ratio results between the more urban and more rural areas among the eight places.

 

Note that each map has a number followed by A, B, C, D, or E. This number, for example “279” for Hsiaokang District, is an identifying number that I have used for the subdivisions of Taiwan for many years. Using this number makes it easier to organize the maps.

 

Two extra maps:

 

Because of special circumstances, a sixth map was made for two locations. Because of the large population of Hsiaokang District (about 156,000) Map A2 was made. This map shows the population and Protestant church locations for Hsiaokang with respect to six groupings of neighborhoods. This map gives information on population / number of Protestant churches ratios for areas within the district.

 

A second extra map is Map E2, which was made for Pingtung County’s Liuchiu Township. This map gives an expanded range for the gender ratio so that some differences could be seen between the villages of the township. The “regular” gender ratio map, Map E, for Liuchiu showed that every village falls in the red range, having a gender ratio over 114.6 in every case. Using a different range for the gender ratios in map E2 shows some differences between villages.

 

I hope that this set of maps will be helpful for prayer and ministry planning for these eight districts/townships, especially for the planning of new churches.

 

I want to express my appreciation to the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship for posting this set of maps on the TMF Mission Resource Center of their website!

 

George McFall, TEAM, January, 2019

 

*Church data source: 2019 - 2020 Taiwan Church Handbook, Christian Resource Center, Taichung  統計的來源: 2019 - 2020 台閩地區基督教堂會, 宣教機構一覽表 基督教資料中心發行, 台中

 

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