Population: 7.2 million (2013)
Capital: Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China
Official languages: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), English
Major religions: Taoism, Buddhism
IFES movement: Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES)
Commercially vibrant, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world – 6,620 people per square kilometre. Known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour, it is a place where Western and Chinese influences are fused. Christians in Hong Kong are a minority in a predominantly ethnically Chinese society where the disparity between rich and poor is increasing, and obsession with affluence conflicts with the gospel.
- 9 tertiary institutions with 37 groups on 8 campuses
- 33 full-time staff, 5 part-time, 5 volunteers
- graduates ministry: around 500 graduates
- high-school ministry: 436 secondary schools and around 56,000 students
- largest group is in Hong Kong university, around 100 students
- smallest is in Lingnan University, 30 students
FES wants to be used by God among the students in Hong Kong. There is a strong desire to integrate spirituality, intellect and the Christian life in response to living in a society with rising political and social conflicts.
FES students have put a great deal of energy into developing their spiritual disciplines and practices, aiming at strengthening biblical knowledge and fostering faithful witness on campus. It is crucial for them to understand the way of life that God has prepared for them. However, the ever-changing education system in Hong Kong hinders the involvement of students in secondary schools.
View from the inside
Maureen Tang is the General Secretary for FES Hong Kong. She says, ‘I am involved in student ministry because of God’s calling and because I benefited so much from FES when I was a college student. Seeing students taking initiatives to study the Bible and to live out the Word seriously in their daily life keeps me encouraged’.
Maureen is inspired by John 1:14, ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ She explains that ‘students are sent to the campus, as the Word became flesh, and take a place among their fellow students to bring truth and grace to them’.
- for a continual renewal of vision as society changes rapidly;
- for students to have a deep impact on the university;
- for high school students to find ways to meet, learn and grow together.