Lectionary Selection: Luke 6:17-26
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O God, You are the Great Physician, the healer of body, mind and soul. Continue to pour out your healing grace upon the sick and suffering so they may find relief from pain, recovery from illness, and peace in their hearts. We especially remember the urgent medical needs of Hong Kong’s people and hospitals. We are grateful for the high level of care in the public health system, but there are simply too many patients and not enough doctors, nurses or facilities. Resources are sometimes stretched to the breaking point. May the Hong Kong government and medical community handle this critical problem with wisdom and resolve. May those serving and ministering in the medical sector be given strength to cope with the day’s demands. Just as Jesus must have been overwhelmed at times by the great crowds, may we draw upon divine compassion and power to transform broken lives through Your healing touch. Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Hong Kong:
Medical service has been one of the significant areas of church mission for centuries in Hong Kong. Early western medicine in the region was largely carried out by overseas missionary organizations, including the predecessors of today’s Global Ministries. The Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC) was active in the establishment of two major medical centers - Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital and the United Christian Medical Service. The medical needs of Hong Kong’s 7.3 million residents are now largely taken care of by a system of public hospitals and clinics, where service is efficient and low-cost. However, recent hospital occupancy rates were as high as 128%. Patient beds are added to overflowing wards, including in the corridors. During the heavy winter flu season, non-urgent patients wait up to eight hours to see the doctor. Under the strain, vulnerable groups such as the elderly and ethnic minorities are at risk of being denied the care they need. The Council’s Justice and Social Concern Committee advocates for health care reform and access to basic medical care for all. May the church continue its mission of serving the community with a Christian heart by providing holistic care for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of every individual.
Prayer and Mission Moment by Judy Chan
Mission Partners in Hong Kong:
- Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY)
- Asian Human Rights Commission
- Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture
- Divinity School of Chung Chi College
- Hong Kong Christian Council
- Hong Kong Christian Institute
- Hong Kong Christian Service
- Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China
- Hong Kong Women Christian Council
More information on Hong Kong: https://www.globalministries.org/hong_kong
Global Ministries Mission Co-worker in Hong Kong:
Judy Chan serves with the Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC). Her appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Church’s Wider Mission, WOC, OGHS and your special gifts.