Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rehab and cups of steaming hot water

A Finnish woman had a call, more than 30 years ago, to come to Hong Kong to help establish a rehab center for drug addicts in Hong Kong.  That Finnish woman is now our neighbor here in Hong Kong, and that call has long since turned into dozens of centers, run by dedicated Chinese staff, to provide medical care, Christian counseling, and ongoing education and support to hundreds of mostly young males who have gotten caught up into a drug culture. 

Today, on a surprisingly chilly day in Hong Kong
(the low was 52 F. but it felt colder from the northern winds blowing down from the remnants of a recent monsoon in China), Wayne and I and a small group of youth ministry students were taken on a car ride, a ferry trip, and finally a scenic walk to reach the secluded spot where some pretty intense ministry is taking place, lives are being challenged, comforted, and changed.

Ethel, one of the early founders of this drug-rehab ministry, somewhat reluctantly posed for this photo.  "No, I don't like to talk about myself or start talking about our successes or anything like that," she says dismissively.  "It's a lot of hard work, and sometimes God uses us to change lives.  But as soon as you start bragging about success rates or anything like that, trouble comes around the next corner."

40"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives Him who sent me...
 42"And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, that one shall not lose his reward."-- Jesus quoted in Matthew 10:40-42

Well, we were offered much more than that -- We were offered steaming hot water upon our arrival, which was wonderful after the cold ferry ride, and after participating in a heart-felt Christian worship service, and a brief tour of the simple facilities, we were served  a delicious lunch of chicken & rice, with home-grown vegetables. 

We just love finding out about the many varieties of  hospitality in Christ's name that go on here in Hong Kong.

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