Local Missionaries in Hong Kong
Bordering the South China Sea, Hong Kong is a collection of more than 200 islands and a peninsula extending from the southeast of China. Six times the size of Washington DC, the country is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes and northern lowlands.
The territory now known as Hong Kong was settled by Han Chinese in the 7th century. Centuries later, Hong Kong would begin trading with British merchants when they arrived by sea in 1699. After the Chinese defeat in the First Opium War, Hong Kong was ceded to Britain in 1842 and became a distribution center for their trade with southern China.
During the communist takeover of mainland China, beginning in 1949, hundreds of thousands of people fled from China to Hong Kong, which became a thriving manufacturing, commercial, finance, and tourism center. In 1997, China resumed control of Hong Kong, ending more than 150 years of British rule. Under its “one country, two systems” agreement with Hong Kong, China promised it would not impose its socialist economic system on Hong Kong, which would have a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.
Hong Kong is known for its high standard of living and life expectancy, literacy, economic and financial stability, and strategic location for global trade. While mainland China has been Hong Kong’s largest trading partner, the United States and Great Britain maintain a sizable presence in Hong Kong’s business, industrial, cultural, and diplomatic relations.
An entirely urban society, Hong Kong’s natural resources are limited, and food and raw materials must be imported. The country is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Most of the population is Han Chinese, and the official languages are Cantonese, English, and Mandarin.
Every major religion is freely practiced in Hong Kong, with many people practicing Confucianism regardless of religion or lack thereof. Nearly 30% of people identify as Buddhists, while almost 60% practice ethnic religions.
An indigenous ministry provides gospel-centered care for those struggling with gambling addiction to help them build a support network, rebuild their confidence, and take care of the problems they have created in their own life and the lives of their family members. They request assistance to help cover the costs of this program in addition to their microenterprise programs to help families escape poverty.
Sources: Joshua Project, CIA World Factbook
How to Pray for
- Pray that God would bring revival to this strategic region, which has the potential to be a launching pad for the gospel to spread throughout southeastern China.
- Pray for resources and wisdom for indigenous missionaries working in this economically prosperous but spiritually dark country where less than one-tenth of the population is Christian.
- Pray that churches in Hong Kong would resist false teaching and be grounded in the truth of God’s Word.
More stories from Hong Kong
At a Christian youth camp with distant views of snow-capped mountains in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, nearly 50 nervous children were having a hard time warming up to each other. At more than 5,200 feet above sea level, the camp center was warmer in July than during most of the year, but the kids ages 10 to 14 had arrived cold with gloom about how they were going to get through the week surrounded by strangers. “On the first day when the kids arrived, they were very closed and dissatisfied,” the leader of the native ministry said. “We began to worry a little about how we would do anything if they were so dissatisfied.”