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Hong Kong Chapter Night

24-Sep-2018

The Compass Rose Society Hong Kong Chapter held its first event, Hong Kong Chapter Night, on September 14th (Holy Cross Day).  Close to 30 CRS members, most of them joined CSR this year.  At this dinner event, CRS board member David Tse welcomed all participants on behalf of CRS and shared the vision and purpose of setting up a Hong Kong Chapter.  It is through recruiting more members, and participation in more CRS events, that the Hong Kong Chapter aims to raise awareness amongst Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui members on the work of the Communion in different parts of the world; and in the active participation of Hong Kong CRS members, Hong Kong members can help the Communion better understand the needs and concerns of Anglicans in the Asia region.

In addition, David shared with members how CRS Hong Kong Chapter, in responding to the Society’s call, raised US$29,849.39 for the Princess Basma Centre in Jerusalem.  CRS President Bishop Andy Doyle had written to Archbishop Paul Kwong to express his thanks to the support of and contributions made by the Archbishop and CRS Hong Kong Chapter. David appeals to all present to join others in contributing to the Al Alhili Hospital in Gaza.

Next, CRS Vice-President, The Very Revd Samson Fan, spoke on the latest CRS updates and happenings.  A six-member CRS delegation from the United States and Canada, including Society President Bishop Andy Doyle and former Secretary-General of the Anglican Consultative Conference the Revd Canon John Peterson, will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, attending the October 6th Thanksgiving Eucharist and Dinner.  Both Bishop Andy Doyle and Canon John Peterson are “old friends” of the HKSKH, CRS Hong Kong Chapter has already planned for the delegation a October 3-6 four-day tour for them and the delegation — a chance for forging friendships and for us to share with them the development of the HKSKH. Dean Samson encouraged all members to take part in the four-day tour, as good hosts to our CRS members and to enjoy the fellowship of and as members of the international CRS family.  It was received with great enthusiasm.

Dean Samson pointed out that one of the reasons for setting up Hong Kong Chapter is to raise the awareness of and bring focus to the work of the Church in Asia within the Communion.  And thus, he shared a possible  “Asian” project — the expansion of the Holy Cross Theological College in Yangon, Myanmar.   Dean Samson made a merry quip on his sharing about Holy Cross Theological College on Holy Cross Day, saying “It must have been God’s will!”  Holy Cross Theological College is the sole divinity school in Church of the Province of Myanmar. Founded in 1934, the College trains ordained ministers and mission workers and runs a B.Th programme.  It currently has only four classrooms, with a capacity of 10-15 students per classroom; the library holds 20 thousand books.  On average, the College has, on average, 50 students attending every year.

In addition to training ordained ministers, the College also provides laity and continued education for clergy programmes.  And on top of Sunday services, the College runs an orphanage, founded in 1996 and named Grace Home For the Needy Children — providing orphaned or abandoned children with basic education, equipping them with skills for them to make living with.  It also provides vocational training for abandoned mothers.

Since 2010, the College has commenced its decade long expansion plan — to provide a Master programme, enlarge the College library, construct a College complex, enhance facilities for children and teens, and enhance the software of the College.  The College aims to raise funds totalling US$600 thousand, of which 40% will be raised by the Myanmar Province and 60% — HK$2.8 million  — by overseas contribution.  Dean Samson and David Tse will be proposing this project to the CRS board at its upcoming meeting at London.  Should it be accepted by the board, we will be discussing details with the Anglican Church of Myanmar.

Members also heard from Debbie McGowan, of St John’s Cathedral, share her volunteer service experience in Myanmar. She taught English for free at Taungoo, Myanmar and shared the fruits of years of collaboration the Cathedral had with the Diocese of Taungoo.

Finally, one more happy news worth a mention is this:  Hong Kong Chapter Organising Committee members Alice and Ben Cheung were one of reasons why the first Hong Kong Chapter Night was held in Kowloon Tong.  Even though they were about to become new parents, Ben agreed immediately to being the Master of Ceremony for the evening.  Therefore, we chose a venue close to the hospital where  they were to deliver their baby.  After the dinner, Alice and Ben went straight to the hospital, sent off with our blessings and laughter to welcome their 7.3lb baby son!  We ended our first Hong Kong Chapter Night full of thanksgiving, joy and blessings.  Please continue to pay attention to and pray for CSR Hong Kong Chapter and our work.

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