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 The Inception and Establishment of the Garden of Mercy Foundation

Since the first missionary arrived in Taiwan over a hundred years ago, the church, with the love of Jesus Christ, has never refrained from the ministry of caring for the poor and the weak of society. In a recent year, a group of Christian medical professionals, social workers, ministers and church members, sponsored by the Garden of Hope Foundation and motivated by the love of Christ, formed and established “the Garden of Mercy Foundation” to help and care for the weakest of the weak–AIDS patientsand engage in education for the prevention of the disease.
In 1986, the Health Department of the government officially recognized the existence of this disease in Taiwan. On average, there has been an increase of ten cases per day since 2005, and the rate of increase has been growing steadily. The AIDS patients are not treated fairly by the medical system, religious circle, social environment and even their own families. When a person contracts the disease, he/she not only has to face the threat of death, but also has to endure the prejudice and rejection of the society.
“The Garden of Mercy Foundation” was established in September, 1999. In 2000, we founded “The House of Grace” to provide a hospice for homeless AIDS patients. Since 2005, the needle injection of heroin has been a major reason for the spread of the disease. Many women have been tested HIV positive. Compounded with this tragedy are the babies born with suspicion of HIV. In December, 2005, we set up a “Baby Caring Center” to look after these babies.
This ministry first started with the vision of Ms. Ina, a missionary from South Africa. In the past 9 years, from year 1999 to 2008, we have gone to schools, communities and indigenous tribes to teach ways to prevent the disease. The Garden of Mercy is the only institution in Taiwan looking after the AIDS patients, especially those who are near the end, to provide a safe haven for them.
We are to care for the patients, not to judge; to look after them, yet respect their privacy; to provide appropriate care and give them hope. We believe that our ministry is not just a passive caring for the patients but also positively seeking prevention and redemption.
 
Purpose:
1) To educate general public and to provide humanitarian concern.
2) To do research on AIDS and to find ways to prevent its spread.
3) To provide a holistic –body, mind, and spirit--education and care.