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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Church unity has seen marked improvements over the bitter divides of the past. GCOWE in 1995, the handover in 1997, the unifying efforts of the Hong Kong Christian Council, the Chinese Christian Church Union and events such as the March for Jesus and latterly the Global Day of Prayer have seen conservatives and charismatics reconciled through forgiveness and prayer. In each of Hong Kongs districts, pastors networks help to foster united prayer and action.
The religious context of Hong Kong is unique, dominated by a melange of Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism and Chinese folk religion practiced by the majority. There are over 700 temples and monasteries, not to mention the countless shrines dedicated to various powers and for various purposes. Many other residents follow no religion. Most other faiths are present but largely practiced by immigrant populations. The resulting spiritual mosaic makes for the opportunity to openly share Jesus, but it also reflects very real spiritual powers opposed to Christs lordship.
For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of China, Hong Kong.