The 2005 Hong Kong Bible Conference planning committee has recently publicly announced its list of main speakers. From August 1 to 10, Rev. Ka-yu Lo, President of the Far East Broadcasting Co. Hong Kong, Dr. David W. Pao, Assistant Professor of New Testament of the Professor of New Testament, and Dr. Timothy S. Wu, Secretary of Department of Theological Education by Extension in China Evangelical Seminary, are going to deliver messages for this year's Hong Kong Bible Conference. This year, the Bible Conference will be held in the Kowloon City Baptist Church.
The Hong Kong Bible Conference is the largest non-denomination retreat in Hong Kong. It first started in 1928 in Guangzhou, China, where it was once called the "Guangzhou Bible Conference." In 1937, the conference site was moved to Hong Kong. Since then, it has been held annually, only stopping during the period of Japanese occupation during the Second World War. After Japan's subsequent defeat, the conference resumed in 1946. This year marks the 77th anniversary of the Hong Kong Bible Conference.
The organizer will also broadcast the whole course to several different churches in Hong Kong as well as to other regions. Live broadcast of Hong Kong Bible Conference started in 2003, first to four churches in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories. In 2004, the broadcast reached two more churches; the Union of Churches in Macau and the Canada Chinese Christian Mission. At this point, more than 10,000 believers from in Hong Kong or abroad were able to listen to the broadcast. In addition, online broadcast was started last year, on the official site of the Hong Kong Bible Conference.
According to Hong Kong Bible Conference sources, hundreds make the decision to convert to Christ at every Hong Kong Bible Conference. The Senior Pastor of Kowloon City Baptist Church, Dr. James Cheung, said that this Bible conference is a special gift from God for His church.
Since Hong Kong's return to China in 1997, conference organizers expressed hope that they will have the opportunity to hold future conferences in Mainland China, where the first gathering had taken place 77 years ago.