Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Day 09 - Muslims in Hong Kong

The Ninth Day (Tuesday, September 9)

Bringing God’s Love

Hong Kong, often called the “Pearl of Orient” is composed of Hong Kong Island and some associated areas on the coast of China. Hong Kong’s Muslim population includes 90,000 native Hong Kong residents (Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Malaysian, etc) and about 110,000 Indonesian migrant labourers. Hong Kong is officially HK SAR which means Special Administrative Region, set up by the People’s Republic of China.

Hong Kong (also written as HK) developed into very important seaport as a British colony. Many Muslims came from India as part of the British army garrison and as sailors with the British East India Company as early as 1650. Meanwhile, Chinese Muslims also moved to HK and gradually formed their own community. The first mosque in HK was built in 1890. Today, there are five mosques in HK. There are also two Muslim grave yards, eight Muslim schools and kindergartens, and ten important Islamic organisations.

Migrant Labourers
In the last ten years, significant numbers of Indonesian migrant labourers have come to Hong Kong, often as domestic helpers, and 80-90% of them are women. On their days off, they often gather near Victoria Park. Local Chinese believers have often befriended the Indonesians and several new congregations of believers have begun. However, the churches need more manpower and resources to effectively bring the Good News of God’s love to the Indonesians.

Prayer Starters
* Pray that Chinese believers in Hong Kong will make even more friends for Christ among Muslims. Pray that more Chinese believers will be willing to learn Indonesian languages in order to proclaim Christ.

* Pray that many Christians who have hired Muslims to work in their homes will treat them fairly and proclaim Christ through their daily life. It would be good for Christians to understand the rights of foreign laborers, and help them fulfill their contracts well.

* May God open Muslims hearts in Hong Kong to the Gospel, so they are willing to listen to the Word and be obedient to the Lord.

Muslims believe in...
One God, the Creator of all things
Angels and evil spirits
Prophets (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jonah, Jesus, Mohammed)
Mohammed was the last and greatest of the prophets.
Holy books (the Torah, Zabur (Psalms), Injil (Gospel) and the Qur’an)
The Day of Judgement for all people
The Bible has been corrupted and modified by Jews and Christians.

HT: 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus

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