Why are most of the members
of the church women? Why don't you have more men?
Like most countries, Hong Kong does not want people from
other countries taking jobs away from the local Hong Kong
people. In general, people from outside are only allowed
to work in Hong Kong in certain jobs where it is felt that
the need cannot be filled by local people. There are some
people from the Philippines who work in Hong Kong in mainly
highly skilled jobs but the main work open to Philippine
people in Hong Kong is that of “domestic worker.” Since
most employers prefer to have women do these jobs the great
majority of people from the Philippines in Hong Kong are
women, and this is reflected in the attendance and membership
in the church.
Would you like to hire a Filipino minister?
We wish we could, and we did try at one point. However,
Hong Kong government regulations make it impossible for
a church of our size to hire a full-time minister from the
Philippines. Crisanto Awitan, from Nagsangalan, Vigan, I.S.
was invited to come and be co-minister in the church and
to work for a charity organization that promised to provide
housing and part of his salary. The government, however,
refused to give him a visa to do this kind of work.
Can you help me find a job in Hong Kong?
Sorry, we do not have enough staff to provide this service.
Since all contracts for domestic work must be processed
by an employment agency anyway, we suggest that anyone who
wants to work here should find an honest agency and apply
Can I give financial help to churches in the Philippines?
Yes! The church policy is that we do not give regular support for any minister or ministry except the Asin at Ilaw television ministry and five Bible seminaries. However, we will give one-time help to any worthwhile project of a church (after we verify that the church and the project are legitimate). If your church or organisation would like to request this kind of help, please send full information to the church in care of Ben & Karen Rees.