After 150 years of British rule, Hong Kong became the first Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China under the "One Country, Two Systems" policy of 1 July 1997. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. 95 % of the population is ethnic Chinese and 5% are from other groups.
Hong Kong is often described as 'East meets West'. As one of the world's leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade.
Hong Kong people also enjoy religious freedom. There is a large variety of religious groups in Hong Kong, including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. Approximately 43 percent of the population practices some form of religion. The region is home to approximately 700,000 Buddhists and Taoists, 320,000 Protestant Christians, 243,000 Roman Catholics, 90,000 Muslims, 40,000 Hindus, 8,000 Sikhs, and 4,000 practicing Jews.
OM HONG KONG
The work of OM Hong Kong is two-fold: It is a home office sending out recruits from Hong Kong churches to many OM fields, and we also have an outreach ministry to ethnic minorities coming into Hong Kong from South Asia.
There are over 300,000 people from minority races in Hong Kong, the equivalent to the number of Christians in the city. People have come to work as a result of globalisation and economic development. However, taking root and residency in this predominantly Chinese community is challenging.
The outreach team aims to offer them not only warmth, but to take that one step further, leading them to the love of Christ. The team works in cooperation with several local churches and schools, combining proclamation and social service. Activities include visitation, Chinese tuition, adaptation courses, counselling etc. The team is on one hand serving the great needs among the minority races, and on the other hand mobilising local believers and churches to take part in the cross-cultural mission at our doorstep.
Macau, a former Portuguese colony, became the second SAR of China on 20 December 1999. OM started to serve in Macau before the handover in 1999. Macau has overtaken Las Vegas as the world’s No. 1 gambling market and the city is strongly dominated by idol worship and gambling. Approximately 0.5% of the population is Evangelical. At the moment, we only have one worker who serves marginalised people in the region. Come join us in responding to the great needs in this harvest field!
If you are interested in being salt and light among the marginalised people in Hong Kong and Macau, please contact [email protected] for more information.
Young people (aged 18-30) from New Zealand, Australian, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Canada and Korea may visit Hong Kong by joining the Working Holiday Schemes/Arrangements. For details, they can approach the Chinese embassies or consulates-general in their countries.
A quarterly report is sent out in Chinese and English. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact: [email protected]
Alternatively, please check out our website: www.omhk.org
Thank You, Lord, for Hong Kong, rich in culture and ethnicity and with a stable economy. Thank You for the religious freedom in this place. We pray for the Christians of Hong Kong to be able to reach out to the different religious groups effectively; and also that they can show Your love to those who come into this country in hope of a better future and find taking root difficult.
Thank You also for Macau, a colorful and diverse place. Thank You for the growth and unity of Your church there. We pray that there will be more people willing to come into this nation to spread Your truth amongst those imprisoned by gambling and idolatry.
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