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The story of PCBH's Founder Rev. Arnulf Konradjul Solvoll

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Rev. Arnulf Solvoll was born in Norway, and grew up in a small village in Steigen, Nordland county in Northern Norway. He served as an evangelist in Norway between 1928 and 1938. In 1938, Rev. Solvoll was sent out along whith other missionaries of the Norwegian Pentdecostal Outer Mission, to the north of China. In 1940, He married to a missionary Berly Solvoll in China and had 4 children.
In 1961, Rev. Solvoll received an invitation from Dr. Kristoffor Fotland asking him to build a Christian hospital in Pingtung, Taiwan. After prayers, God had spoken to Rev. Solvoll clearly: “Go! Go to Taiwan, to evangelise and to spread the good news to Taiwanese.” He followed the leading of the Hold Spirit and began the construction work in Pingtung in November of 1962.
Due to low medical standard and lack of resources at that time, there were cases of poliomyelitis everywhere, caused by high grade fever after contracting the common flu. Rev. Solvoll and two other Norwegian Surgeons, along with help from a Taiwan Air Force pilot, flew through the island seeking for children with poliomyelitis. They arranged surgical operations, metal shoe braces attached, crutches and walking exercise for them. At that time, no one had the knowledge to make metal shoe braces and crutches for them. Rev. Solvoll had metal shoe braces hand built experience in the United States. Therefore, he started to train those who wanted to help the children with poliomyelitis.
Though it was not enough fund to support all paralysed children. Rev. Solvoll had to keep travelling to United States to raise more fund. After a lot of effort, World Vision USA promised to support this incredible job in Taiwan.
In March of 1966, Rev. Solvoll founded “Bethany Children’s Home”, starting with a support of 10 US dollars per month by World Vision USA. At the beginning, they adopted about 20 children with poliomyelitis. That number went up to 40 after 2 or 3 months. Even though there was support From World Vision USA, but still insufficient fund to build new accommodations for new comers. Rev. Solvoll was encouraged to pray to post an advert in newspapers to make their needs being known by society. Rev. Solvoll received confirmations of the promises of God numerous times.

Just as Bible taught us in LUKE 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” When he needs fund, he offered to God. One time, he offered 10 US dollars in the church, and he received 1000 US dollars donation for BCH. Another time he offered 50 US dollars, and he also received 10 thousands US dollars in God’s return. Most of buildings in the early stage were all backed up by similar stories.
Promoting vocational training.
Most of residents were aged from 13 to 17 and nearly all of them were illiterate. Within 6 months they been accepted, through the hard work of their carers and instructors, they learned basic reading skill and were able to read some Bible.

Furthermore, girls learned how to cook and sew, boys learned carpentry, sculpture or stamp carving. Some were able to assist with office work.

Rev. Solvoll launched vocational training courses hoping the children could learn some skills for living and gradually to be able to live independently. Local electricians, watch smiths, carpenters, blacksmiths and welders were invited to train residents in Bethany Home.
Not only helping the children with their daily living, Rev. Solvoll focused on saving their souls. Both Rev. & Mrs. Solvoll taught the children to read God’s word, leading them to know God through prayer and trust in Him. In addition, he drove his “gospel vehicle” to the villages and presented “Evangelism with movies,” established “Bethany Center of Evangelism,” created his own Bible study material, recorded sermons; through tapes and various ways of transmission, many people received the love of God!!

With the sponsorship of World Vision in 1973, the ministry was renamed: “Bethany Children’s Home of World Vision Taiwan.” Expanding adoption to…
- Children without parental care.
- Children with cerebral palsy.
- Intellectual Disabilities children.