HONG KONG- The first ever Hong Kong Baptist Youth Conference has commenced Saturday, over 1,400 youth Baptists in Hong Kong become on fire with the passion to serve the Lord.
Co-organized by the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong and the Chaplain of Hong Kong Baptist University, this first ever Baptist Youth Conference aims to help the youth congregation reaffirm their identity as Baptists and to encourage them to respond to the calling of the Lord to serve the Church. It targets at teenagers and young adults aged 15 to 35.
In the light of the aging congregation in most Baptist churches in Hong Kong, the Baptist leadership was deeply inspired by the impact of the Baptist Youth World Conference held in Hong Kong in 2004, which draws over 5,000 young Baptists from all over the world. The Church believes that now it is time to revive the young generation, so that they can be set up as new leaders.
The one-day conference on July 7 was kicked off with worship and praise at the University Hall of the Hong Kong Baptist University, all participants stood up and sung along while chanting the conference slogan "We are Youth, We are Baptist!". The Conference offers a wide range of workshops where they can learn how to use magic shows and dramas for evangelism.
In the evening, Christian artist Wong Cho Lam was invited to give his testimony. Rev. Fung Ka Keung from Shatin Baptist Church delivered the keynote message. He challenged the youth to stand upright on the truth and become the ambassador for the Lord, many young people showed interest to serve in the Church as a result.
[Editor's note: Claudia Cheng in San Francisco translated the article.]