David and Marcia have ministered in Hong Kong (China) since 1994. David currently pastors a Chinese church, serving as mentor to a local man, preparing him for the senior pastorate. As one of three founding members of a Bible institute, David has also taught classes since 1996. Over the years, five local churches have enrolled members as students. Three local men began their ministerial training in the institute. Marcia was born in the Philippines and raised in Hong Kong as her family served the Lord as missionaries for 40 years on the field. She has homeschooled their four children and is active in visitation and counseling work in the church. David, along with his local assistant, opened an English tutorial center where classes, evangelistic outreach and Bible institute classes were conducted. David and Marcia’s two eldest children also taught and evangelized primary school children in the center for three years.
Having been a British colony for 150 years, Hong Kong was officially returned to China in 1997. Since that time, Hong Kong has continued to prosper economically. Although political disputes continue, local church ministries have as much freedom as before 1997. Hong Kong enjoys remarkable social stability and safety. It is 98% Buddhist and Taoist and 95% Chinese. A very helpful and well-documented article about Hong Kong can be found in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong. Hong Kong culture has characteristics which clearly mark it off from mainland Chinese culture: an ingrained sense of "rule of law," a high rate of literacy, relative openness to outside cultures and freedom to openly express dissenting opinion. These differences continue to bring Hong Kong into conflict with the mainland. Hong Kong has 7 million people crowded into 426 square miles. In order to meet population demands, high-rise apartment complexes now reach 50 floors. Though it has a reputation for great riches, roughly half of Hong Kong housing is government subsidized.