China, Hong Kong & Macau Mission Update 2

2016 10 06 china hong kong macau web 05As our time in Hong Kong is quickly coming to a close the team has mixed emotions about going home. Whilst there is an eagerness to see friends and family, there is also a feeling of unfinished work here. There is always more we can do to encourage communities and share the gospel.

When first arriving in Hong Kong we did not know what to expect because of the last minute changes to the itinerary however we knew God would work regardless of our own thoughts.

In the uncomfortableness of some situations and places our team was able to grow together in unity. Our first day in Hong Kong was a rest day which was well timed after the full schedule in Beijing. The morning was spent at International Christian Assembly where we were encouraged by both local and international Christians in church. The afternoon was spent at Stanley markets and beach where we were able to relax and rest together.

Our day trip to Macau was an encouraging time as we connected with Macau Baptist College. We shared in classes and the sport team played basketball and football against the MBC students. It was a fruitful time of sharing the gospel and building relationships.

The time in Hong Kong is split between two schools. The sport team is staying at United Christian College Kowloon East and the music team at International Christian Quality Music school.

The sport team has spent time at a local primary school running basketball and soccer workshops and sharing the gospel with the children. This was a fantastic time for the local children as they had fun playing and learning about Jesus. In the afternoons, time was spent playing competitive football and basketball matches. These matches allow for a competitive and positive relationship between the sporting teams, but also for the boys to make new friends as they play.

The music team has had opportunities to share the gospel through music in a number of different settings. As a part of ICQM's ministry to the community a group of elderly people come and join in fellowship together. We were able to join them, share testimonies and play music for them. This was an encouraging time for all involved. They also joint in with Year 1 music dalcroze classes. These aim to teach rhythm to children through moving to music. The students loved doing the fun learning activities with the team. Lunchtime playground worship sessions allowed both our music team and worship teams from ICQM to join and play together declaring Christ's love across the playground.

We were also able to join with the Pacific Coast Christian School for one day as they are here as well. It was a fantastic time servicing together as sister schools on mission.

Both teams have been able to share their testimonies in a number of different classes and informal conversations. Many students at both schools have been encouraged in faith and to know Jesus more through these.

There have been countless opportunities to connect with locals to encourage Christians working and studying here as well as opportunities to share the gospel with unbelievers. We are thankful to God for all He has allowed us to do and what He has taught us so far. We cannot have expectations for what God will do, but we can work in expectancy of His goodness and purposes to be fulfilled.

Please continue to pray for good health and travel as we finish our time on this trip. Pray for opportunities to encourage and share the gospel.

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