[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2016 ] FOCUS ~CHILDREN MINISTRY
Author: Lincoln Chong
It’s kind of a dark humor to listen to your friends reminding you of the impoverished children in Africa upon the slightest hint of you wasting any food on the table. That however does depict how we typically imagine their current state to be, as the media often shows us pictures of the small African children with bloated stomachs due to malnutrition, who have generally no muscles to speak of. What the media failed to tell us was the aggregate of factors and backgrounds that caused these disheartening scenes. Zimbabwe in Africa, for example, has been notorious of its high rate of HIV/AIDS affection and an astronomically high rate of inflation. HIV/AIDS tore apart a lot of families and a lot of children lost their parents at a very young age, leaving them void of basic protection.
Continue reading Fighting Poverty with Children in Zimbabwe
[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2016 ] BACK TO THE BIBLE
Samuel, like Jesus, is one of the few Biblical characters whose life from birth to death was recorded. Through him we could see the way God develops a man and uses him to fulfill His plans.
Continue reading A World that Prioritizes its Children | 1 Samuel 1, 3, 8
[ ‘SHARE’ Sep-Oct 2016 ] FOCUS ~ CHINA MINISTRY
Written by: Tsun Wan Yan
Jesus demanded his disciples to care for the marginalized just as he did on earth. CEDAR responded to His call when we see the needs of the people in Yunnan, China. Partnering with the local churches, we have been diligently working to bring hope to those in need.
Continue reading Caring for the Marginalized with Practical Mission
[ ‘SHARE’ Sep-Oct 2016 ] BACK TO THE BIBLE
Author: Dr. Mok Chiu Yau (CEDAR China Programme Advisor)
If Christians today are being asked about how to obtain an eternal life, they would probably answer with something like, “Believe in Jesus!” while defining the possession of “eternal life” as having the ability to live eternally in heaven in one’s afterlife.
Continue reading Take Care of the Wounded and Thou Shalt Receive Eternal Life? | Luke 10:25-37
[ ‘SHARE’ Sep-Oct 2016 ] TAKING ACTION
Interviewer and editor: Jojo Poon
God’s work is to be seen everywhere if the church would focus on its surroundings and involve in the community. The Mongkok Baptist Church (MBC) started a three-year “Faithful Community Servant” campaign in 2014.
Continue reading Expanding the Horizon and Serving the Crowd—An Interview with Rev. Anders Chan of the Mongkok Baptist Church
[ ‘SHARE’ Sep-Oct 2016 ] JOIN HANDS JOIN HEARTS
Written by: Tsun Wan Yan
Development is often a two-sided sword that wields both benefits and issues. “Migrant worker” is no longer a novel term after being featured so much by the media of Hong Kong and China in the stories of developments. Kunming is one of the main destinations in where farmers wish to improve their living conditions and search for new opportunities, often bringing their children along with them. However, harsh truths await them behind the dreams. Without proper household registration, the migrant children could not access education, medical, and social security benefits. Busy parents lack the time to stay with their children, and the majority of the families could not afford private schools. Under such circumstances, migrant children are likely to inherit the poverty status of their families.
Continue reading Join Hands with Children with a Pure Heart – Bringing Hope to Migrant Children