|On the Move
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 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.
Originally, the church was known simply
as the “Church of Christ (Filipino congregation).” When
it moved to the YMCA the name was changed to “New Testament
Church of Christ,” in recognition:
- that it is not the only church in Hong Kong, or the
only Church of Christ in Hong Kong, or even the only Church
of Christ in Hong Kong that is reaching Filipinos.
- that all nationalities are welcome. We felt the latter
was especially important in view of the fact that the
Tsimshatsui district, where the YMCA is located, is one
of the most culturally diverse parts of Hong Kong and
is also an area that attracts many overseas visitors.
Although the main constituency of the church continues
to be people from the Philippines, over the years we have
had visitors from many different nations. People who have
come often enough to be considered a part of the church,
at least temporarily, have included people from the USA,
India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Nigeria, Myanmar (Burma), Ireland,
Taiwan, and a few local Hong Kong Chinese.
|Ben Rees, serves as elder and the main
preacher for the church.
Because most of the members of the church are women, at times
he has been the only male leader in the church — and sometimes
the only man in the church at all. Other men have served as
elders or deacons but have moved to other parts of the world
and are leaders in the churches they are part of. Others are
currently back in the Philippines.