History The ministries of Operation Dawn were initiated by Rev. John Paul Chan of Beautiful Gate Baptist Church in Hong Kong. Rev. Simon Man-wo Lau is in charge of the ministry of Operation Dawn Taiwan. Pastor Lau, who had succeed in overcoming his addiction to drugs at Operation Dawn Hong Kong, came to Taiwan in 1983 giving his personal testimony about how he was saved under the invitation of Professor Chi-ping Lin of Christian Cosmic Light Holistic Care Organization. He was told that the problem of drug abuse in Taiwan was increasingly getting serious and that the ministry to drug addicts were desperately needed. As a result, Rev. Chan sent Rev. Lau, together with his newly-married wife, and Rev. De-rek Kong with his household to Taiwan in 1984 to embark on the mission of Christian Spiritual Therapy.
Operation Dawn Taiwan was founded in 1989. Currently, the directors are as follows: Professor Chi-ping Lin (President of the board of directors), Elder David C.C. Cheng, Elder Daniel Pai-i Chuang, Elder An-hsiang Chien, Lawyer Hsiu-yen Jen, Accountant David Tao-sung Chen, Doctor Kwong-fu Leung, Doctor Cheng-hong Chen, and Rev. Simon Man-wo Lau.
Purpose˙Help drug addicts rebuild their spirit, mind, body, and social life with the belief in Jesus Christ and the love of Jesus Christ so that they can thoroughly get rid of their drug addiction.˙Help people with the same problem develop friendship so that they can build fellowship to support and encourage each other.˙Train workers who commit to Christ and to preaching gospel.˙Assist government and related departments to promote anti-drug movements, drug rehab activities, and crime prevention. Also visit prisons, detention centers, schools, and civil organizations to advance the prevention of drug abuse.
Christian Spiritual Therapy Christian Spiritual Therapy, which focuses on the power of “Gospel” to help drug addicts break the bondage of sin, is a kind of spiritual therapy that doesn’t depend on the anesthesia medication, nor on human efforts, but on God’s love, the Holy Spirit’s fellowship, preachers’ biblical teaching, the experience sharing of ex-addicts who have gone through this period of rehab, and the group dynamics to help drug addicts be born again, becoming the followers of Jesus. Those who seek help from Operation Dawn must live in Drug Rehab Centers for one and a half years. The rehab program practiced is based on four stages which contain the well-rounded buildup of spirit, mind, body, and vocational skills. At 1st stage: Help inmates adapt to new life at Operation Dawn with the aim at restoring their physical health.
At 2nd stage: Guide male inmates to rebuild their personality temperament and encourage them to do the gardening and the tending livestock through farmer’s lifestyle. Train female inmates, by means of doing housework, to develop sense of responsibility so that the positive team spirit and self-esteem can be nourished. At 3rd stage: Guide inmates, through renewing their thoughts, to build relationships with others. At 4th stage: Give senior inmates whose conditions are stable the responsibility to take care of new inmates. And help them draft plans for their future career after completing the program in Operation Dawn.The accommodation, food, education, and counseling offered by Drug Rehab Centers of Operation Dawn are free of charge.
Mission Cultivate workers to labor in the field of Christian Spiritual Therapy. Promote the ministries of Christian Spiritual Therapy. Advance the counseling and education on drug rehab. Preach the mission of Christian Spiritual Therapy across nations.