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Jeremy Lin to discuss his faith with Taiwanese fans

2012/08/31 19:34:03

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) NBA star Jeremy Lin, a devout Christian, will share how God has affected his life with his Taiwanese fans at an evangelical gathering in New Taipei Sunday.

Lin, who is currently on a nine-day visit in Taipei, will tell many personal stories to explain how God has helped his incredible rise from the New York Knicks bench to global stardom, Good TV Broadcasting Corp., the event's organizer, said Thursday.

The 24-year-old point guard has always credited his faith in God with helping him get through difficult times in the NBA and pulling out surprising victories during his breakout games in February.

"I think it's a miracle from God," he said after a Feb. 14 game against the Toronto Raptors, in which he scored six points in the final 90 seconds, including a game-winning three-pointer, to help his New York Knicks stage a 90-87 comeback win.

Riding the crest of Lin's popularity, the upcoming evangelical gathering has attracted over 20,000 requests for tickets, the organizer said.

Because Xinzhuang Arena in New Taipei has only 6,000 seats, the organizer said lots have been drawn to decide who would gain admission.

Those unable to get tickets will be able to watch the event on a 400-inch TV screen installed outside the arena in an adjacent stadium, and the event will also be broadcast live to over 700 Christian churches around Taiwan, the organizer said.

Good TV estimated that the evangelical meeting would be watched by at least 120,000 people around the country.

Some noted pop singers, including Vanness Wu and Nicky Lee, will perform at the event, and a choir composed of 100 entertainers will sing religious hymns, the organizer said.

Lin first visited Taiwan in early August and came back Aug. 26 after having spent nearly three weeks in China and Hong Kong for basketball promotional events and Christian gatherings.

He wrapped up a four-day basketball summer camp for a group of 120 young players Thursday and was scheduled to hold a private charity event Friday.

He will attend a sponsor's event Saturday and is scheduled to depart Sept. 3.

When the new NBA season begins in late October, Lin will play for the Houston Rockets after the Knicks failed to match the Rockets' three-year, US$25.1 million contract offer in July.

(By Lung Po-an and Sofia Wu)