We pray for more godly, skilled, trained and willing members to join us each year. Please also help us recruit new council members, who can provide good leadership and partnership in the coming years.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
— Deuteronomy 31:8
Give us wisdom in producing Chinese literature to encourage the different generations. We pray for creative channels through which the publications may reach out in an effective way.
We pray that members of prayer groups will take up responsibility and participate in planning, mobilizing, and stepping out to the mission field; that they would multiply as mission advocates in churches.
Lord, give us a good understanding of the younger generation’s needs and desire, so as to connect and be able to challenge them with the vision in an effective way.
We ask, Lord, for wisdom, strength and direction to develop mission courses in local seminaries and churches. Please equip the students and future pastors to join the mission field or help them to share the vision among churches.
The “one China, two systems” policy is a unique legal system that ensures a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong, while also being part of China. With the support of the Chinese government and its minimum intervention, Hong Kong’s international reputation is characterized by free trade and low taxation, and it has established its position as a vital commercial center in Asia.
Hong Kong enjoys good economic growth. Its GDP in December 2017 stood at USD321 billion. Highly dependent on international trade and finance, Hong Kong’s value of goods and services trade, including a large share of re-exports, is about four times its GDP. This reliance on foreign trade and investment however also leaves it vulnerable to global financial market volatility or a slowdown in the global economy.
Despite the strong growth, benefits to Hongkongers are patchy. Hong Kong’s wealth gap is notoriously high, with the richest household earning about 29 times what the poorest family earns, despite government efforts to alleviate poverty. Over 1 million people lived below the poverty line in 2015, out of a total population of over 7 million.
Religious freedom is one of the fundamental rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents. It is protected by the Basic Law and other relevant legislation. The diversity of religion in Hong Kong is visible. 43% of the population is religious, and the majority follow a Chinese traditional religion, which is a mix of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, accentuated by local practices and beliefs. Ancestral worship plays an important role in Hong Kong society.
Christians make up a sizable group in Hong Kong. There are 70+ denominations with over 1,450 congregations, totaling about 480,000 Christians. Most of the major international denominations have ecclesiastical branches here.
In the 1960s-70s, churches in Hong Kong had limited knowledge of or support for missions. Missionaries were few, and mission organizations are lack of resources and experience. With the formation of the Hong Kong Association of Christian Missions (HKACM) in 1973, more churches began to catch the vision for the urgent needs of gospel among the unreached, both locally and overseas. Through the continual collaboration of organizations, churches and different networks, in the past decades, there are now over 750 churchesand 30 mission agencies in Hong Kong providing regular support to world missions.
OMF Hong Kong Home Council was set up in 1966, with the support of the OMF Hong Kong Field missionaries. Partnership with churches has deepened; opportunities for mission discipleship and mobilization have increased. Prayer groups are growing. More churches now recognize short term missions as purposeful mission involvement, and an increasing number of field visits have been processed for young professionals.
- Total: 7 million
- Chinese: 95%
- Others: 5%
- (figures from Operation World 7th Edition, page 252)
- Chinese folk religion: 60%
- Non-religious: 22%
- Christian: 12%
- Others: 4%
Lord, thank you for blessing the people of Hong Kong, and for the work your church and people are doing. Please continue to kindle the mission movement in this land and the hearts of your children, and to build up workers for your Kingdom. We ask you to raise up more prayer groups and intercessors who will generously pray for all the peoples of East Asia.