Issue 480 Featured Article: No Fear of Being Tightened

Contextualised bible reading, reflection and textual reading have always been an emphasis of the FES ministry, and the Inter-School Team is no exception. However, have these ministries been shaken or transformed by the social movement and the pandemic in the last two years?

Our Attempts

In response to the social movement in 2019, we chose the theme of ‘Pursuing the Truth’ for our 2020 Joint School Fellowship Committee Training which encouraged honesty in facing our real self and an attitude of truth discernment…

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Special Feature: Encountering God in Pandemic – Interview with Medical Students

Sudden onset of the pandemic of the century has put the threat of death at the forefront of healthcare. We interviewed three medical students, Joshua, Nicole and Rosy, to learn about their life experiences and reflections during the outbreak.

How has the pandemic affected you?

Joshua: The pandemic has affected my social life. In the past, we formed a study group of about 10 students and we were very close with each other, attending classes and studying together. However, we cannot get together as a group now…

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Campus Frontline: Stories beneath Turbulence, Church History under Oppression – Reflections and Thoughts of Students from Inter-College Ministry

What is the meaning of Bible study and reading together among students in the midst of turbulence and oppression? Let’s listen to their sincere sharing of experiences……

Together we share the pain and suffering of our turbulent times

The boredom of Bible study is the result of focusing too much on the ‘right answer’ and ignoring the process of thinking…

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Issue 479 Featured Article: Annual Ministry Plan of Inter-College Team (2021-22): The Dawn Community: Spirituality – Community – Hope

If I had to use one word to describe the past year in Hong Kong, it would be “traumatized”. The COVID-19 that has spread around the world since late December 2019 has posed a tremendous impact and challenge to the Hong Kong society, families and individuals. With the recurring pandemic, online learning and gatherings have become the norm. While adapting to it, students have become physically and emotionally exhausted and experienced alienation in relationships…

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Academic and Faith: I am still a student – Interview with Dr HO Wai Yip

.How did you get started on your academic journey?

Working as a teacher and researcher at the University, I am convinced that God has put me in this position and that I am only called and sent by Him. I participated in FES during my secondary school years and thought about studying theology. I finally enrolled for my PhD in 1999 when God revealed to me that it was Islamic Studies that He wanted me to focus on…

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Campus Frontline: Milk Tea and Coffee in the Turbulence

I recently met up with the current batch of 2021 DSE students. One of them, whom we have known since the summer vacation of his Form 4, summed up his past experience with Joint School Fellowship in the following way:

“In the past, I experienced my fellowship as a time to have fun and a time to be serious. While we did not necessarily talk about faith when we were sharing our hearts, but we turned to be very serious when discussing faith issues…

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Issue 478 Featured Article: Ministry of Life in the Holistic Gospel

The Life Crisis

Hong Kong people have been suffering from severe distress since the anti-extradition movement and outbreak of the pandemic. As young people are at the stage of pursuing their ideals and searching for meaning in life, they are confronted with the worsening external pressures, resulting in powerlessness and despair that far exceeds their limits…

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Special Feature: Together We Pursue the Light in the Darkness — Reunion for Cool Water Alumni

While the pandemic changes, the needs of our neighbours are always there. In mid-October, the “Cool Water Alumni Fellowship” gathered a group of graduates of the “Please give me a cup of cool water — Poor-caring Internship Programme (Cool Water in below) and believers from the Young Graduates Fellowship, and envisioned the future…

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Campus Frontline: Seizing the Light of Scripture in the Midst of Fear

We held our annual Joint School Bible Camp with the theme of ‘Poetry of Fear’ at the end of 2020. For three days, we conducted an online study of three scriptures from Daniel and Habakkuk around the theme of fear. There were evening meetings and workshops as well. Students seizing light in the scriptures to face their fears. The following are reflections from two participants.

From Fear to Reverence

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Issue 477 Featured Article: Live Out the Calling – Pursuing the Implication and Practice of Faith in Our Work

Calling is meant to be lived out. If we remain merely studying about calling in today’s Hong Kong, it is like eating a great delicacy that has not yet been cooked; even if swallowed, it cannot be beneficial to our bodies; let alone practicing it in our lives.

As graduates leave campus, workplace where they will spend the next few decades, naturally becomes an important arena for them to put their faith into practice…

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Campus Frontline: Finding Truth beyond the Grids: Inter-School Orientation 2020 Training Day for Joint Schools Fellowship Ministry Members

What would it be like to face the training of over 100 Zoomers for fellowship ministry?

It is ironic that with this year’s Inter-School Orientation (ISO) theme of exploring the “truth”, the event was unable to see the participants’ actual faces and hear their actual voices. However, in the midst of all these limitations, it became even more apparent how much we crave the truth…

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Issue 476 Featured Article: Contemplating life in reading

At a time when the book industry is struggling to survive, there are still authors and publishers who insist on writing and publishing books. Even new bookshops are opening, against the deficit market. Why is it?

According to the report of Survey on Hong Kong People’s Reading Habits 2020 by Hong Kong Publishing Professionals Society1, the proportion of readers who have read printed books has remained at over 65% over the past five years…

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Campus Frontline Special: Sharing by Interns of the Integral Mission Summer Programme

As COVID-19 pandemic recurs, Hong Kong community and rest of the world are in a state of turmoil, but the Lord keeps calling on college students to seek their faith and live it out. Let us take a look at what students have shared about their summer internship programmes……

Who do you say that I am……?
Evangelical Students Internship Programme (2nd Year)

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Issue 475 Featured Article: The Church in Hong Kong in entering the New Normal

Hong Kong is in the eye of the storm as international relations are in turmoil due to the pandemic of the century. Many things we have been accustomed to for a long time may not be fully restored. In fact, the impact on Church has been severe. In this time of what the world sees as a crisis, how can God’s people turn it into an opportunity?

Church growth was a principle adopted by many in the 80s and 90s…

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Campus Frontline: The end is approaching, where do we go from here?

Amidst the anti-extradition protests, COVID-19 and the impending National Security Law, the young generation in Hong Kong describes the current situation as a kind “endgame”. The opening ceremony of Mission Conference 2020 with the theme of “Disciples’ Road to the End”, cum the youth forum was held on June 22. Four young people shared their views regarding the end times, Hong Kong, the faith-based community and so on…

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Issue 474 Featured Article: Fellowship, Evangelical, Students

“Is there still a need for a student evangelical fellowship?” I ask this question every year. Since the implementation of the new Senior Secondary Curriculum, secondary school fellowships have been shrinking and the attendances have been declining. Moreover, from the perspective of effectiveness, “secondary school fellowship” as a strategy of evangelism seems to have done more harm than good! Is it worth insisting on…

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Corporate Fellowship: Ministry Update: A time to scatter and a time to gather for the graduates’ flock

In facing the epidemic in Hong Kong, and amidst an era of social, congregational, economic and cultural changes, the Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) continues to develop its various ministries with great effort. It is encouraging to see graduates and workplace pastors of all ages keep standing firm on their mission and faithfully live out their faith amidst the struggles. We devote ourselves in prayer and fix our eyes upon Jesus…

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Issue 473 Featured Article: Community in Cross – Shared Suffering, Shared Burden and Shared Path
Ministry Plan of Inter-College Team 2020-2021

The community of Hong Kong has gone through great shocks in the past year. The anti-extradition movement has continued for more than half a year starting from June 2019. On top of that, the COVID-19 epidemic began to spread around the world in late December of the same year. These have tremendously caused the Hong Kong’s society, families, tertiary education, and the physical and mental condition of individuals to undergo dramatic changes…

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Issue 472 Featured Article: “You don’t listen, do you?” – A Listening Campaign that Hong Kong desperately needed

“You don’t listen, do you?”, questioned by Joker, the lead character in the movie “The Joker”, to the manager in charge of his social welfare case.

When I walked out of the cinema, this dialogue lingered on…… and I thought to myself, “If someone had listened, would Joker not have turned into a demon?…

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