The Land and the
Hong Kong is known as the "Crossroads of the Orient." On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. About 98 percent of the population can be classified as Chinese on the basis of language and place of origin. The majority are Cantonese, from the south Chinese province of Guangdong. About 37 percent of the population are under age 20.
Approximately 10 percent of the 6.8 million people of Hong Kong are professing Christians, divided almost equally between Roman Catholic and Protestant groups. The majority of residents of Hong Kong would claim no religious affiliation, professing a form of agnosticism or atheism.
Past and Current
The work in Hong Kong began in 1952 when Rev. Ernest Loong came there from Mainland China. In 1961 Witness Baptist Church was organized. In 1982 another family joined Rev. Loong in Hong Kong. Our missionaries have established three independent Baptist churches in Hong Kong: Witness Baptist Church, Butterfly Bay Baptist Church, and Kin Sang Baptist Church. Despite the departure of all Baptist Mid-Missions personnel from Hong Kong, church planting activities are continuing--Ka Fuk Baptist Church in Fanling is currently being established by Butterfly Bay Baptist Church.
The Mission is working with the national pastors of the graduated churches to encourage them.
Many opportunities exist for additional churches to be established, especially in the New Territories area. Major challenges to future church planting are manpower and money. More missionaries are desperately needed for Hong Kong, but the cost of living is among the highest in the world. Almost any church-planting work outside of a house-church method will require large sums of money. It is becoming increasingly difficult for new missionary personnel to be allowed into the SAR unless they are invited by an existing, fully registered mission agency. BMM continues to be fully registered.
Church planters are needed to reach out to the predominantly non-Christian population of Hong Kong.