Mar4WedMarch 4, 2020
William, the director of TWR Canada’s Chinese ministry, recently travelled to Hong Kong to meet with various churches and ministry supporters. He had planned to travel in China, but due to the Coronavirus, he was unable to since staff in China can’t even leave their towns and travel freely around China.
William planned to visit two churches in China who have been very strong and faithful supporters of SOTA for the past eight to nine years. His plan was to preach at both churches and meet with donors and pastors from those communities. “They need all the support that I can give,” said William. “I packed 2000 face masks, 1200 surgical gloves and almost 2 litres of sanitizer (that is the limit that I can bring) with me.”
After William’s arrival, he divided up all the face masks, gloves and sanitizers into different packages and delivered them to the parties who needed them. “You should have seen the expression on their faces, they just keep saying ‘thank you’ again and again. In Hong Kong, there are people lining up every morning for the limited supply of masks that are available to them each day.”
Church worship in mainland China has been called to a stop by the government and the members are dispersed into small family groups. Hong Kong is facing the virus crisis and all churches have stopped their children’s ministries and youth groups and have also suspended all fellowship meetings. Many churches in Hong Kong have also stopped their worship services. The overall morale is very low among the Hong Kong churches. When William arrived in Hong Kong, he recorded the sermons that he was supposed to preach in their churches so that they could send it to all the family groups for their home worship.
Here are some of the testimonies William received after his sermons:
“You used the Word of God to stabilize our heart and used the Spirit of truth to strengthen us. We will treasure the Word of God and we will continue to meditate upon it and to remember the teaching so that we can have the strength that we need to face the daily challenges.”
“During this time, we can’t go out much; we have so much time at home. You have reminded us to use our extra time to do more meaningful things for God and for our family, to show forth the ‘extraordinary’ peace and joy that Christians have.”
The sermons not only will be broadcast five times, but they will also be posted on the church website for others to listen to. Members of the church will be encouraged to send the link to their Christian and non-Christian friends. We hope these sermons will bless more people who are looking for hope in this difficult time.
As William spent more time in Hong Kong, the situation worsened. “I felt so sad for Hong Kong. Rumours are spreading everywhere, and fears are occupying many people’s minds and affecting their normal living.” 14,000 people have become unemployed since January according to a local newspaper and many families are suffering. Church services have been called to a stop due to fear that there are hidden virus carriers in congregations. Almost a third of the people in Hong Kong have a certain degree of phobia, and there is also a lack of trust between the people and the government.
“Fear can only be overcome by faith; worry can only be rid of by truth,” William shared. “Speaking Hope to the World is TWR’s mission and that is exactly what I aimed to do on this trip. During this difficult time in Hong Kong, we must focus on the hope that we have in Christ and carry out our mission for Christ.”
Please pray for Christians in Hong Kong as many are unable to fellowship with one another. Pray that they will keep steadfast in their faith and not live in fear of the Coronavirus. Pray for the relationships that William has developed with churches and ministry supporters.