Country Profile: Hong Kong and Macau
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!
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.
Alternatively, please check out our website: www.omhk.org