The congregation now known as the New
Testament Church of Christ was founded in November 1981.
The original goal was to meet the spiritual needs of the
growing number of people from the Philippines who were coming
to Hong Kong to work. It was the first Church of Christ
/ Christian Church in Hong Kong (and almost the first of
any denomination here, other than Roman Catholic) to focus
very much attention on these people. At that time there
were around 11,000 people from the Philippines living and
working in Hong Kong. Today there are over 10 times that
many, and there are now many other congregations, of almost
every denomination, made up largely of people from the Philippines.
For most of the first 10 years of its existence, this church
met in the home of the founding missionaries, Ben and Karen
Rees. Eventually, after the church had more than outgrown
the Rees home, the Reeses were able to find another place
for the church to meet that the church could afford out
of its own offerings. For one year the church met in the
Hong Kong Mennonite Centre. Since March 1992, it has been
meeting in a room on the 6th floor of the YMCA in Tsimshatsui.