Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Rainy Sunday in May - Being the Church in Hong Kong

Getting to church starts with a ten min walk to the bus stop. Today it's a walk in the rain.

View from the bus window.  Almost poetic.

Traffic is relatively light.  It's still early.

After a 40 min. bus ride, it's a short, wet walk to the school where the church service is held.

As usual, street cleaners have no sabbath.

This area of Hong Kong is sadly known for its number of suicides.  By jumping from buildings.

We can still glimpse the mountains between the buildings. "I lift up mine eyes unto the hills"- from Psalm 121 keeps coming to mind in Hong Kong!

Wayne leads the group of young church leaders in a pre-service prayer.

One of Wayne's seminary doctoral students from one of the  Mekong River nations gives the sermon today. It's Mission Sunday & he shares some of the challenges and joys of living as a Christian in an area where Christians are highly discriminated against.

Wayne's church in Hong Kong has the largest percentage of special needs- special gifts  congregants I've ever seen in a church. It's awesome!

This Mission Sunday a young Chinese couple talks about their call to go serve people in Japan.  They were planning on going in 2012, but after the tsunami hit, they've decided they need to go NOW. Can you read the words on the husband's t-shirt?

After church (a two and a half hour service... and Wayne wasn't even preaching!!) we greet one of the youngest members.  She won't smile for just anyone, but Wayne got a little grin out of her.

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the Lord."
Psalm 122:1

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