In the heart of the dynamic cityscape of Hong Kong, where the fusion of East and West unfolds in a vibrant dance of cultures, my sojourn went beyond a mere physical exploration—it evolved into a spiritual odyssey, leaving an enduring imprint on my perspective. This experience, marked by amicable encounters, profound reflections, and cultural immersion, unfolded as a profound chapter in my life as a missionary from the Chinese Alliance Churches Union ministering among the unreached people.
From the animated streets of Mongkok to the tranquil landscapes of Lantau Island, the embrace of the people in Hong Kong resonated with warmth and hospitality. This genuine welcome reflected a cultural ethos emphasizing community, respect, and interconnectedness. The values of love and compassion, integral to the fabric of Hong Kong society, harmonized with the teachings of Jesus Christ, fostering a sense of kinship transcending religious boundaries.
The bustling urban life showcased a commitment and sacrifice reminiscent of Christ’s teachings. The diligent work ethic, unwavering dedication to family, and sacrificial spirit revealed virtues ingrained beyond cultural nuances—a commitment to values transcending the temporal.
In the tapestry of this cultural exchange, a conviction surfaced—a belief that Hong Kong is destined to be a sending city, a beacon to bless the world. This became a clarion call to share the transformative power of Jesus Christ beyond borders, not just serving the Chinese community around the world but reaching the unreached and amplifying the voices that seek hope and I would like to see my Manchester Alliance Church play a determining role in God’s heart for missions; responding to all that missionary and ecclesial heritage that is the church of Hong Kong. I believe we have the human potential, structure, and sufficient funds to respond to God’s call to bless the unblessed.
Living at Alliance Bible Seminary in Cheung Chau Island, gave the opportunity to influencing transcultural thinking in the students, preaching and sharing in few churches, and engaging in fruitful dialogues through Hong Kong Alliance Missions with church leaders and brethren further enriched my experience. The union of Christian values and Hong Kong’s cultural ethos became more than an abstract concept; it transformed into a powerful metaphor for the potential impact of sharing a message of love, hope, and salvation.
As Christians, we bear the responsibility of being bearers of light, illuminating paths for those seeking meaning. Hong Kong, with its diverse population and openness to change, stands as a fertile ground to extend an invitation to a life transformed by faith. This journey, marked by its amicable encounters, profound reflections, and cultural immersion, has instilled in me a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of humanity and the potential of Hong Kong as a catalyst for global transformation through the message of Christ’s love. And yes! Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart.
Rev Lucho Sanchez