On behalf of the entire membership of the Clearwater Bay International
Baptist Church in Hong Kong, I say a heartfelt Thank You!
On behalf of the entire membership of the Clearwater
Bay International Baptist Church in Hong Kong, I say a heartfelt Thank You!
Through your generous giving, the Clearwater Bay
International Baptist Chapel was begun in 1993. Our first two pastors and their
wives were International Mission Board personnel. We became financially independent
in 1998 and continued into an independent church last May. As we celebrate our
one-year anniversary, we are reminded of faithfulness of our brothers and sisters
in the States.
We are located next to a large university campus
where over 700 scholars from mainland China are studying. Among other ministries,
in the last two years we have baptized and discipled eight new believers from
the mainland. So much more needs to be done. Many other scholars attend our
studies and services, earnestly seeking the truth. We are blessed that in Hong
Kong we are completely free to share the gospel and live in a vibrant community
of faith. Each Sunday some 100 people from 18 different countries gather to
celebrate our common life in Christ.
Cooperative Program funds and the Lottie Moon Christmas
Offering provided sustenance in our early days. Our people have learned to be
cheerful givers because of your example. Over 25 percent of our income went
towards mission causes last year. A total of U.S. $6,100 was given to our 1999
World Missions Offering; imagine our joy when we are able to send three-fifths
of that amount to the International Mission Board to support Southern Baptist
missions. Now that we are a member of the Hong Kong Baptist Convention, we look
forward to supporting the Conventions recently-formed Foreign Mission
Board. We who were once the new mission field have now become co-laborers with
You have helped make that happen. God bless you.
Scott Harris, Pastor
Clearwater Bay International Baptist Church