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Allan Smith
Hong Kong
Interests: science fiction, computers, taichi, ultimate fighting
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Thanks for your question. We worked with Chinese people for over 15 years. The field here in HK is quite mature now, so 5 years ago we switched to focus on Filipinos. We partner with churches in the Filipinos, and we work in both places actually. We start working with applicants in the Philippines and follow up after they reach HK. Perhaps you've played the swimming pool game "fish out of water"; well, people are much more open to new things like the gospel, when they "fish out of water". HK, as an international city, is home to many different ethnic groups, and Filipinos are one of them. The people we work are highly receptive, because we are providing practical help, as well as spiritual insights. That's why we're doing it here. It's a brave new world. Missions is not the same as it was 30-40 years ago.
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Hi Amrita, I've been to India a number of times and I know that the gap between rich and poor there is sooooooooo very big. Moreover, the shadow of the caste system has made people blind to the sufferings of those from other castes.
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Hi Simon, Thank you for a thoughtful answer. God does indeed work for the good of those who love him, but that does not imply that we can be "passive" in the face of poverty and suffering. I believe that scripture says quite a bit about the responsibility of the "haves" to the "have nots". That responsibility extends well beyond preaching the gospel. James 1:27 says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 2:15 says "Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." Imagine telling a hungry person "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life". Then you walk away, while your wallet is full of money that you could have used to buy him a meal and then share the same message over a mug of hot coffee. The message you are sending is "God loves you, but I could care less about you or your family." American Christians (you and me) are part of the richest generation of Christians in the history of Christianity. Paul told Timothy (chapter 6) to give some specific teachings to "rich people" like us. Here is what he said, "17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
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You're right and I was wrong. According to the Political and Economic Risk Consultany (PERC),http://www.asiarisk.com/, the Philippines is not the most corrupt in East Asia. That honor still belongs to Indonesia, followed by Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. It was widely reported in the HK news last year that the Philippines had overtaken Indonesia as #1. Here are Asia Pacific corruption Score according to PERC. Australia and United States are included for comparison. It is a 0-10 scale with 10 being bad. Even Singapore has some corruption, but to say every nation is alike is inaccurate. Of course, the Philippines may seem a shining light compared to countries in other parts of the world. But in Asia, it is pretty high up on the scale. Country Score 1. Singapore 1.42 2. Australia 2.28 3. Hong Kong 2.67 4. United States 3.42 5. Japan 3.49 6. Macau 4.96 7. South Korea 5.98 8. Taiwan 6.28 9. Malaysia 6.47 10. China 6.52 11. India 7.18 12. Thailand 7.60 13. Philippines 8.06 14. Vietnam 8.07 15. Cambodia 9.10 16. Indonesia 9.27
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Thanks for the encouragement. We'll check out your website. Thanks for the link.
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Hi Ian, Yan Lam Church was started 20 years ago. We "planted" seeds in the lives of people, and the seeds grew into new Christians. Those Christians together formed Yan Lam Church. It is like a cornfield that keeps getting bigger and bigger, because corn produces seeds which produce more corn plants. Churches are like that. The Bible says that one person plants, another waters, but God causes the growth. So to put it another way, God has been growing Yan Lam Church for 20 years. Hope this helps.
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Hi Ian, My grandson Ethan is 9 too. It's a cool age. We are still living and working in HK. We've been her 22 years now. My job is still to help people learn about Jesus. We're working with a Filipino church now.. Yan Lam Church has grown to around 160 people and they want to reach 200 people by the end of the year. They have a beautiful church facility, but it is in a rented place inside a shopping center. They hope to buy their own church building in the future. The church now can seat 200 people. I hope this answers your questions. Allan Smith, Hong Kong
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Mar 15, 2010
Sarah, Your website is very cool. Thanks for caring about MKs. You are welcome to link to our blog, but it is not as cool as yours. Allan
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It's a lot of work, but worth it if people remember to pray for us. It's frustrating when churches and friends change their email addresses and forget to tell us. Thanks for the encouragement.
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Ron, as always I have around 5 email address: worldventurer@gmail.com is the one I use most often.
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