Area: 1,092 sq km
A mountainous peninsula and 230 islands on the coast of Guangdong Province.
Population: 7,069,378 Annual Growth: 0.54%
Official language: Chinese and English (about 38% speak English); Cantonese is the established local dialect, but Putonghua (Mandarin) is increasingly common and influential
Largest Religion: Chinese
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The Christian community has a disproportionately influential role in serving society. Although only 10% of the population, the Church runs the majority of schools and social organizations and 25% of hospitals. Many elderly, poor, foreigners and others in need of assistance are blessed by such efforts. So far, the potential threat of state interference or limitation has not materialized. Pray that the Church may continue to be salt and light in this way and to boldly continue this leavening, transforming role in society.
Money has inexorably shaped Hong Kongs past. The outstanding port has drawn the wealth of nations, and as a British colony, Hong Kong became very wealthy. Sadly, this has generated a very materialistic culture that can sap the spiritual vitality of Christians, a significant problem in the churches. But positively, the wealth is used by the well-resourced Christian community to do many good works among the needy of Hong Kong, for the suffering of East and Southeast Asia and for ministry to the whole world. Pray that Hong Kongs material wealth would find its proper place at the feet of the Lord Jesus.
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