Asia / Pacific
Please keep Bangkok in your prayers. The protests continue to increase. Earlier today a demonstration at Rajamangala Stadium turned violent with gunfire. As you may know, in the 2010 demonstrations, clashes between the military and the demonstrators led to nearly 100 deaths and resulted in a major mall being burned down.
Tomorrow competing demonstrations are planned with one scheduled for the intersection of Rama 1 & Thanon Praya Thai about 250 meters from the entrance to our church building. 1000's are expected and these could turn violent at any time. As a result, we are going to meet in homes tomorrow.
We ask you to keep Thailand and the disciples in your prayers.
On August 24, the Hong Kong Church Of Christ youth ministry held their very first “Youth Graduation Concert.” With more than 600 in the audience, including parents, youth workers and friends, the performance involved more than 70 youth Christians as well as non-Christian Kingdom Kids.
The event not only honoured the hard work of the youth ministry but also unified the Christians as well as Kingdom Kids, building a strong sense of belonging in the church. It was also great to see Kingdom Kids who were no longer committed to the church inspired by the performance and coming back to Sunday Services. Parents were especially touched and impressed, and the event was also aimed to strengthen their faith in the youth ministry.
The preparation of the show was not easy. With so many people involved, much communication among workers and performers were needed and it was also difficult to gather everyone during the busy summer. But in the end, all the hard work paid off especially when we saw teens and parents hugging and crying backstage after the show, touched and inspired by the performance. The unity and bonding between the teens themselves as well as with their parents was like in Judges 20:8, “Then all the people arose as one man, saying ‘Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house,’” (NASB). May God be the glory!
In leading up to the appointment, Al spelled out that elders must have a strong walk with God, a marriage worth imitating, a strong family, and be wise and mature, tested by times and experience.
The Hong Kong Church would like to share that “QT365” smart-phone application software for iOS and Android platform were recently launched.
QT365 consists of 365 days of quiet time devotional across the whole Bible, with insight, reflection, challenge and prayer. Disciples’ personal walk with God and their convictions from the Scriptures, are bringing daily inspiration to Chinese speaking brothers sisters all over the world. Wherever they go, throughout the year of 2013 they can have Helpful Quiet Times!
"When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laugher, our tongues with songs of joy. Then, it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” -- Psalm 126:1-2
We just had the Hong Kong Church of Christ 25th Anniversary Conference, “In the Beginning.” As the title of the conference aptly states, about 20 disciples from Boston, London, and Hong Kong started the Hong Kong Church of Christ in 1987. Under Scott and Lynne Green’s leadership, the church grew from a handful to close to 2,000 disciples in the first 10 years, as well as planted the churches in Taipei and China.
Next to Christmas, perhaps the most celebrated holiday in the world is Chinese New Year. Chinese not only in China but millions throughout Southeast Asia and even the West will mark this week as the start of the Year of the Snake. For China, the New Year celebration is a time for family reunions, boisterous celebrations, fireworks, and lots of food!
At 2:46PM on March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in the history of Japan shook the Northeast coast of the island of Honshu. What followed was a devastating tsunami that resulted in the loss of over 20,000 lives.
A month later the ministry staff brothers of the Tokyo Church of Christ, along with Charles Ham, Disaster Relief Director for Hope Worldwide traveled to the city of Sendai, the most populated city devastated by the tsunami, to see what Hope Worldwide Japan could do to help the people of this area.
About 8 years ago, Rorogo Lawolo was invited to GKDI Bandung. At the time, 2 of his younger siblings have become church members. But then, Rorogo still hardened his heart and ignored the many invitations to study the bible. He was a workaholic and filled his life with work, abandoning his relationships with his wife and children. Shared from GKDI.org >>>
"Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD."
The Chennai church organised a retreat for Calebs (above 60 years old) and Naomis (widows). It was from the evening of 8th December till evening of 9th December at Scriputre Union Camp Centre.