“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
With His wonderful grace, God has greatly blessed the 92th Hong Kong Bible Conference and satisfied those who hungered and thirsted after righteousness. With the universal outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong was very volatile. Under the restrictions against this infectious disease, we had to give up physical gatherings, and resorted to placing our Conference online. This has surprisingly turned our localized Bible Conference into a platform which crossed national boundaries, bringing timely messages of comfort, encouragement, edification and admonition to the global Chinese communities. We thank God for His providence and miraculous guidance, in which we experienced grace upon grace, and grew from strength to strength. Our sincere gratitude also goes to the faithful who have always been faithful to pray, care, support and attend our Bible Conference.
God has sent three of His valued servants to bless us with the proclamation of inspiring and timely messages from the Book of Ezekiel, Psalm 119, and the Epistle to the Ephesians. These speakers brought us the messages from “the Word-filled Sentinel”(Ezekiel), comfort and encouragement from God’s Statutes, and His mercy to God’s people in distress (Psalm). The evening speaker reminded us from Ephesians the glorious nature of the Church of Jesus Christ, in the midst of world-wide tempest.
How we thank our Lord for His grace and power that all the twenty-six sessions have now been placed on our web-site, which are available also after our Conference. With the faithful effort of our co-workers, all messages have been transcribed into writing, which is available for download. Each of the sermons is now rotated on our website monthly.
From the feedbacks we have received, and reports from local and oversea churches, we are thankful that the attendance this year has exceeded those of 2018 (around 260,000) and 2019 (around 220,000). The total number of clicks for live transmission and our 24-hour post-conference so far have exceeded 800,000. Compared with the vast need of the global Chinese Community, this is only a drop in the ocean. Yet, we could not have imagined what had begun as a localized platform of preaching would become a globalized ministry as such.
Many brothers and sisters have expressed concern regarding our financial needs, especially with regard to our ongoing ministry, and this innovation for the ten-day Conference. Our budgeted expenditure for this year was HK$4.5 million. God has provided for His own Ministry and has moved His children to respond. By 31st August 2020, we have already reached our target for the whole year. We are thankful for God’s wonderful provision.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Thanks be to God, for He has been using this localized Conference of Bible Exposition, Preaching and Revival for the last ninety-two years. With His great power He has turned it into a global event this year. We still have a heavy load to carry and a long way to go, but we are not accomplishing the task with our strength, nor with our soul or mind, but with complete dependence on the Divine providence of our Lord, whose Word stands firm in the heavens and endures to all generations. His Will is done on earth, as it is in heaven!
Rev. Samuel Lau, Chairman