Christians from Philippines show love to their sisters in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, one of two special administrative regions of China, is home to more than 170,000 overseas Filipino workers, said Gigie Carranza, a member of a Church of Christ in Quezon City, Philippines. Many of the workers are women who serve as maids and live in humble circumstances.
About 100 Filipino women worship with the Wan Chai Church of Christ in Hong Kong. Church members Felix and Luz Olidan often open their home to the women and prepare home-cooked meals for them, Carranza said.
Carranza and Dr. Evelyn Ignacio, a church member and physician in the Philippines, hosted a seminar for the women, covering topics from stress management to proper hygiene.
“I am humbled listening to their stories of faith and hope.” Carranza said. “One sister, who is a single parent, beamed with pride as she told me about her daughter who recently became a licensed nurse.
“Another sister refuses to spend her hard-earned cash on a vacation to her hometown so she can help her youngest son to open a cafeteria.”
Being in their midst felt like a homecoming, Carranza added.
Before returning to the Philippines, Carranza and Ignacio also visited Macau, China’s other special administrative region, about 40 miles west of Hong Kong. There, Filipino Christian Alfred Ceynas ministers to a small church that meets in an apartment, Carranza said.
FeedbackMy husband Ernie Craun (who is now deceased) and I worshipped with the Wan Chai congregation when we were in Hong Kong in 1995 & 1996. He was with Owens Corning. At the time bro. Siu Ka Ming was the minister. I’m so thankful the congregation still exists and is growing. It was a wonderful experience. Enjoyed seeing the article.JUNE CRAUNSt. Augustine Church of ChristSt. Augustine, FL
USAOctober, 12 2011I have served with these two special sisters on a medical mission in the Philippines, and I assure you this is their life. These two ladies and many more faithful Filipino Christians tirelessly serve their fellow Filipinos on medical missions all over their native country. Their love and dedication to help others get the physical help they need has also opened the door for many of those they serve to have their spiritual needs taken care of. Many have obeyed the gospel at least in part because of the faithfulness of Gigie and Evelyn.Wade PhillipsElkmont church of ChristElkmont, Alabama
USAOctober, 12 2011