Land & People
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 7.1 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.
Year Entered by BMM1952
Over the years Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries and Chinese co-workers have established four local churches which continue to thrive and spread the Gospel in Hong Kong and beyond.
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.
Learn more about Hong Kong here.