Hakkanese have always been mistakenly identified as a "hardened" nation and I know from interviewers that it must not be so. In fact, there are some Hakka people who have come in contact with Hakka hymns set to traditional Hakka tunes and are willing to accept the truth of the Gospel. This study is mainly about the use of Hakka hymns at meetings, and a study of Hakka hymns, based on 24 selected pieces of pastors’ frequently used chants for hymn suites, and focusing on 24 holy songs classified either as evangelistic or teaching in nature.
First, in the introduction is an explanation of the motivation and purpose of the study and of the research methods that was used, and an outline of the thesis. Chapter II presents the history of the Presbyterian Church in evangelizing Hakka people and briefly introduces the Taiwan Hakka community.
Chapter III explores the heritage of Hakka church music. This chapter introduces traditional Hakka folk songs so that through the acquaintance of Hakka folk song tunes and melodies, as well as some historical background, we can better understand Hakka hymns and modern translations of Hakka hymns.
Finally, I explore the best practical applications and practices to help believers to be rooted in the faith through Hakka hymns. This chapter collects the hymns which 24 pastors often use for evangelizing and teaching into a hymn suite with the hope they will effectively play a role in evangelizing and teaching in the Church.