National Prayer Breakfast 2013 - Creating Cities of Hope

On February 7, 2013, Brian Kusunoki had the opportunity to speak as a panel member at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a time when the President of the United States, Members of Congress and other dignitaries gather with leaders from across the country and around the world to focus on the uniting power of faith. At this year's event, Obama expressed the importance of humility and said, "Those of us with the most power and influence must be the most humble." 

Brian Kusunoki shared about Hope of the City's work in Hong Kong as part of a seminar titled "God's Cities: Heartbreak and Hope." He presented statistics about poverty in the city and explained how Hope of the City is seeking to bring transformation to the lives of the disenfranchised. The audience asked questions about how to establish a church network that can collectively work towards positive change. Brian also addressed the need for a Christian community center in Sham Shui Po and why Hope of the City would like to establish a physical presence in the "L-Corridor." 

 

Posted on February 8, 2013 .

Prayer Items for Local Outreach - Jan 2013

Elderly Outreach in Shek Kip Mei 

  • Pray for the commitment and the consistent participation of the volunteers
  • Pray for relationship-building with the elderly people and with St. James' Settlement
  • Pray that God uses us as His instruments to  to glorify Him and to share the Gospel with the people who do not know Him

North Point Home Visit Outreach

  • Pray for the opportunity to spread the Gospel to those who need the message of Love
  • Pray for the ability to better identify the needs of the beneficiaries and to provide effective relief
  • Pray for continual support from new or existing volunteers and that they are encouraged by God's mercy

Outreach in Sham Shui Po

  • Pray for children that are seeking to meet the rigorous demands of Hong Kong's education system
  • Pray for volunteers that have a heart for the intellectually disabled and for relationships to grow
  • Pray for local churches in Sham Shui Po who may be willing to partner with us to support the community
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Posted on January 15, 2013 and filed under News.

Transforming Educational Support In The City

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The Peak events were only the beginning of developing deeper relationships with the families in Sham Shui Po. On October 5th, Hope of the City launched a pilot program to provide specialised English language courses to low-income students in Sham Shui Po. The program was created to address the need articulated by numerous service organisations. Children from low-income families do not have the resources to allow them to truly excel in Hong Kongʼs public schools. Without targeted support, these children are quickly deprived of the opportunity to pursue higher-level education and become trapped in a cycle of “educational poverty.” They begin to doubt their own abilities and become defeated.

Executive Communications Education Centre came forward and helped recruit two English tutors with Masterʼs degrees who are fluent in both English and Chinese. They will be leading classes of students ranging from P1-P6 that were identified as “low-income” by the YWCA in Sham Shui Po. Each of the courses willrun for a four-month period with assessments at the beginning and the end to measure the studentsʼ progress. GeneroCity, a philanthropic project to assist low-income families, has graciously sponsored the courses for the first sixteen students.

Posted on November 15, 2012 and filed under Tutoring, News.

Outings to The Peak

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Many of the children from Sham Shui Po have never had the opportunity to leave their district and see other areas of Hong Kong. In an effort to reach out to the SSP community, Hope of the City joined with Yan Kei Church to host “day outings” to Victoria Peak on July 2nd and September 1st for low-income families. During these outings, over 100 incredible volunteers were paired up with a family or a small group of individuals that they specifically cared for during the event. Participants had the chance to hike around the Peak, share a McDonaldʼs meal at the Galleria, and take family photos in front of the Old Peak Tram.

It was encouraging to witness the smiles on the childrenʼs faces as they saw the Hong Kong skyline from a new angle and engaged in meaningful conversations with one another.

Pastor Paulinda from Yan Kei Church shared that the families were incredibly moved by the kindness of the volunteers and kept recounting stories during the bus rides back home. Our hope is that volunteers will conduct home visits to the families on a more regular basis and send an even deeper message of love.

Posted on October 9, 2012 and filed under Family-Focused Outings, News.