Over the next few weeks, Christian leaders from China will be sharing prayer requests with the ScholarLeaders Prayer Community. This week, please intercede with us for Dr. Kin Yip Louie in Hong Kong.
A special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong is home to over 7.5 million people (54% irreligious, 28% Buddhist or Taoist, 12% Christian, and 4% Muslim). After 150+ years of British colonial rule following the Opium Wars, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and maintains its own jurisdiction under the “one country, two systems” policy. In 2019 and 2020, over one million Hong Kongers protested Beijing’s encroachments on their city’s freedoms. In response to the mass demonstrations, the government passed a new national security law last June, criminalizing previously protected speech and establishing an investigative office lacking local accountability. So far, the law has led to 100 arrests and at least 54 prosecutions, quelling pro-democracy hopes in the city.
Dr. Kin Yip Louie is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at China Graduate School of Theology. His research interests include faith and culture, spiritual theology, and the theology of Jonathan Edwards. Kin Yip has served as a volunteer minister at City One Baptist Church of Hong Kong. Learn more about Kin Yip’s ministry to young people in this 2017 Bible Study Magazine feature. ScholarLeaders supported Kin Yip for his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Kin Yip shares the following message:
I’m a theological teacher at China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. Please pray for the following issues:
1. Hong Kong has gone through a lot of turmoil in the last two years. Pray that God would bring healing to many broken relationships.
2. Many people feel discouraged, even despondent, about the social and political situation. Pray that God would bring hope and strength to the disheartened.
3. Pray that churches in Hong Kong will know how to survive, and even thrive, in our changing environment. Pray that churches would be wise as serpents, but innocent as doves.
4. With the economic situation and prolonged suspension of worship services due to COVID-19, many churches and Christian organizations face financial difficulties. Pray that they can sort out their priorities and respond to the situation with wisdom.
5. Pray that theological teachers and pastors can find the right words to strengthen Christians and empower them to remain faithful to the Lord, so that Christians can shine even brighter in this frosty season.
Kin Yip Louie