Concordia Summer Service in Hong Kong 2019
A Resolution of Executive Council
The Executive Council deeply regrets that the LCMS has not yet responded to the LCHKS but rather, as a trustee, sold the three properties and transferred the revenue outside Hong Kong against the wishes of the donors who intended to use these three properties to develop Gospel-ministry in Hong Kong.
The Executive Council unanimously resolved to suspend (freeze) the partnership with the LCMS and to reserve the right to take legal action. On the other hand, we uphold the partnership with all like-minded LCMS co-workers in Hong Kong and in Greater China for God’s glory and for the benefit of people (Resolution 2019-27)
A Letter of Concern to the LCMS District Presidents
The General Conference (Convention) of the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod (LCHKS), which took place on 27 April 2019 (Sat), endorsed the appended letter to the LCMS District Presidents [Resolution 2019-03], while the LCHKS Executive Council resolved that this letter was to be sent out on 29 April 2019 (Mon) [Resolution 2019-4].
Visited by Hong Kong Lutheran World Federation
24th October 2018. Member Church Leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and Hong Kong Lutheran World Federation, Mr. Leon Chau, Executive Secretary of The Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod; Rev. Chang Chun-wa, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong; and Rev. Chu Wing-sang, Chief Pastor of the Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong were invited to visit our President’s Office to discuss cooperation in ministry and have fellowship time.
A visit organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in November 2018 to Japan was mentioned. During the visit, Japan Kinki Church and the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, both member churches of the LWF, will be visited. We decided to appoint our First Vice President Rev. Daniel Y.S. Li to be the representative of our Church to attend the visit and learn more about LWF work.
LWF is one of many Lutheran organizations around the world.
From Left to Right﹕ Mr. Leon Chau, Executive Secretary of the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod; Rev. Chang Chun-wa, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong; Rev. Yung Tze-you; our President; and Rev. Chu Wing-sang, Chief Pastor of the Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong
2018 Vacation Bible School
By God’s grace, Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held as in the past during July this year in many LCHKS congregations and schools. The congregations and schools which participated included Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, St. James Lutheran Church, Holy Word Lutheran Church, LCHKS MKMCF Ma Chan Duen Hey Memorial College, Lutheran Tsang Shing Siu Leun School, Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran Primary School, Sharon Lutheran School, St. Matthew’s Lutheran School (Sau Mau Ping), and St. James Lutheran Kindergarten. The total number of participants reached about 2,200. Besides, there were about 50 participants from the U.S., most coming from 10 congregations of the LCMS Kansas, , Nebraska and Iowa Districts. They formed short-term mission teams and joined in the mission work. They offered significant contributions such that the effort achieved great success.
HKLSS was selected by the Development Bureau to revitalise Luen Wo Market in Fanling
5th July 2018 The Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service (HKLSS) operated by the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod (LCHKS) was selected by the Development Bureau to revitalise Luen Wo Market in Fanling under the Batch V of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Revitalisation Scheme). Luen Wo Market (a grade 3 historic building) will be turned into Luen Wo Market – House of Urban and Rural Living by the HKLSS. The project will revive traditional market operations with stalls and shops selling local vegetables, farm products and daily necessities.
Luen Wo Market is a grade 3 historic building as well as a landmark of Fanling district which displays a unique historical characteristic. This revitalisation project is a new ministry of our church in North district. Through this project, we intend to contribute to the conservation of Hong Kong heritage and we are living out our Christian values in the community.
Please visit the below website for the project details:
LCHKS President Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG (fifth left); First Vice President Rev. Daniel Y. S. LI (fourth left) and Chinese Secretary Mr. Kai Hing LAM (third left) and coworkers of HKLSS in a group photo with the Secretary for Development, Mr. Michael WONG (seventh left) and the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation, Professor LAU Chi-pang (sixth left)
Concordia International School Hong Kong(CIHS) received Full Accreditation from WASC
Congratulations to Concordia International School Hong Kong(CIHS). CIHS received Full Accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) on 11 May, 2018.WASC is one of the leading accrediting agencies in the world. The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) announces the action taken at the Spring 2018 Commission Meeting. The ACS WASC Commissioners have determined Concordia International School meets the ACS WASC criteria for accreditation.
Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG was reelected as President
The General Conference (Convention) was held successfully on 28 April, 2018. Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG was reelected as President. This will be his eighth term to guard and lead the church.
Proceedings Pertinent to the LCMS
LCHKS General Conference (Convention) on April 28, 2018 Proceedings Pertinent to the LCMS﹕
II. Since the situation is special, the convention accepted the LCHKS President’s report for discussion:
Two issues pertinent to the operation of the LCMS in Hong Kong have emerged recently:
- From 31 March 2018 the regional (Asian) headquarters of LCMS OIM has been moved completely out of Hong Kong to Taiwan without any consultation with the LCHKS.
- The LCMS is arranging to sell three Hong Kong properties, which, like some other properties, were acquired a half century ago by the LCMS to support the Gospel ministry of the LCHKS. The properties prepared for sale are:
- one building at Wiltshire Road (Kowloon Tong),
- one flat in Sorrento Tower (Kowloon West),
- one flat in Repulse Bay (Hong Kong Island).
The property listed above as no. 1 was purchased from the donations of some LCMS members to support Gospel ministry in Hong Kong. Ten years ago, because of the LCMS financial situation, the LCMS sold one of its properties (located at Oxford Road in Kowloon Tong) in order to develop Concordia International School in Hanoi (Vietnam) and to buy the properties listed above as no. 2 and no. 3 for LCMS use. Since, at that time, the LCMS considered the LCHKS to be too small to manage these properties and since there was some difference of opinion about such transfers, the LCMS did not discuss property matters with the LCHKS leadership. Our Synod thinks that the LCMS has the legal right to sell the three properties on its own. However, selling properties again, without taking the wishes of the original donors into consideration and without consulting our Synod, and with the intention of transferring all the revenue out of Hong Kong, appears to contradict the name “Synod” (walking together) which we share. It seems rather that the LCMS is walking away from the LCHKS. The situation is like that of 1 Corinthians 16, the (LCMS) saints collecting gifts for Jerusalem (the LCHKS); but now you have decided to keep the gifts yourself instead of sharing them.
Furthermore, in the protocol signed in 1996 by the LCMS and our Synod, the LCMS pledged itself to transfer the majority of the LCMS properties used by the respective LCHKS congregations to our Synod, and to transfer these properties in accordance with the Three Party Agreement (the LCMS, the LCHKS, and the respective LCHKS congregations using these venues) in order to ensure that the transferred properties would be used for Gospel ministry. However, this procedure has not been implemented fully.
The LCHKS President provided a list of all the properties of the LCHKS and its congregations (Appendix no. 1).
Our Synod is concerned that in the future, for the sake of development or for other reasons, the LCMS might again decide to sell properties which are used by LCHKS congregations, but the deeds of which are temporarily kept by the LCMS, without consulting the Synod. Furthermore, in 2012, some LCHKS congregations signed on their part transfer agreements based on the Three Party Agreement endorsed by the LCMS but so far the legal transfer of these properties has not been completed, which we deeply regret. Representatives of the local congregations asked the LCHKS President to follow up this issue.
To articulate the LCHKS stance on LCMS actions clearly, the convention resolved:
- to pray for the LCMS, especially for LCMS financial stability and sound management,
- to follow up the issue of partnership between the LCHKS and the LCMS in order to uphold and practice Christian love, cooperation and mutual respect between the Synods that should cherish these principles,
- to ask the Executive Council to endeavour to prevent the sale of the properties labelled as no. 10-16 (in the Appendix no. 1) prior to their transfer to our Synod so that these properties would not be sold without the knowledge and consent of our Synod.
Motion by: Rev. Tony LAU Motion Seconded by: Mr. Season WAI
Resolution: 2018-03 adopted unanimously.
Visited by Holy Trinity Lutheran High School from Australia
Mr. Daniel Weller, Principal of Holy Trinity Lutheran High School from Victoria, Australia, and Mrs. Fiona Friberg, Principal of the Primary School, led 2 parents and 14 students of the school in a visit to Hong Kong Tsang Shing Siu Leun Lutheran School on March 13, 2018, to join the International Interface Program of our Synod. They joined with our students in Tsang Shing Siu Luen School for 7 days. President Yung and Mr. Chan Ho Tak, Principal of Tsang Shing Siu Leun Lutheran School, and Rev. Albert Lau, Pastor of Holy Word Lutheran Church cordially played host to the team on March 14, .
Visited by Interim Head of HKIS
Dr. Ron Roukema, Interim Head of School of Hong Kong International School (HKIS), and Rev. Joel Scheiwe, the Senior Pastor of Church of All Nations in Repulse Bay, visited our Synod on March 9. 2018, to discuss how to integrate work in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Visited by Bishop of the English District of LCMS
Rev. Dr. Hardy, Bishop of the English District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Rev. Engler visited our Synod on March 7, 2018, to discuss collaboration in Hong Kong and in ministry in China. A mission team from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the English District, came to Hong Kong at the same time to assist with gospel work at Ma Chan Duen Hey Memorial College (MCDH).
Ms. Maggie LAM earned the highest score in HKDSE
Congratulations to Ms. Maggie LAM on her superb performance. We are delighted to hear that this year Ms. LAM earned the highest possible score (5**) in eight subjects of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education. This is the best achievement among all 60 000 participants.
(Left to right)
President Allan YUNG, Ms. Maggie LAM, Rev. Yock Kook FONG, Rev. Chun Kuen WONG
On April 8, Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG, the President of the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod, Dr. Wai Ling LUI, the Chief Executive and Mr. Wing Ching LO, the Deputy Executive of Hong Kong Lutheran Social Services Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod visited and discussed the education of Hong Kong and Macau with the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau of Macau. They were received by Ms. KUOK Sio Lai, the Deputy Director of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau of Macau.
Concordia PD Conference 2015
We welcomed visitors from around the world at our Concordia Professional Development Conference on November 20 and 21. The theme of the conference was the U.S. Common Core Curriculum and its potential impact on students and teachers in international schools in Asia, where most students are English language learners. Teachers and staff from Concordia schools in Hong Kong, China and the United States came together to share strategies and philosophies that impact all students across different cultures and grade levels. Through sharing our diverse experiences and professional training with one another, we continually develop our practices so that we may offer the best American education in the Chinese context.
Guests to The Buena Vista Concordia International School (BCIS)
On 29 Oct 2015 Rev. Dr. Jeff EHLERS, Chairman of The Garuna Foundation, and Rev. Dr. Jacob PREUS, Chairman of The Luther Institute Southeast Asia (LISA) paid a visit to Buena Vista International School.
The discussion was fruitful and all parties are looking forward to further cooperation in the future.
On 26 April (Sun) 2015 CTS celebrated the 30th Graduation Ceremony in Concordia Secondary School. Four students graduated with Diploma in Evangelism, while six – with Bachelor of Theology. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG, while the final benediction – by Rev. Paul Y. S. CHAN. More than 300 people attended this event.
Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG preaching
The graduates singing
On 23 March (Mon) 2015 Dr. Alan RUNGE, the new Head (Principal) of Hong Kong International School (HKIS), and Rev. Joel SCHEIWE, the Senior Pastor of Church of All Nations, paid a visit to Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG, LCHKS President, in the Synodical Headquarters.
Rev. Joel SCHEIWE [left],
Dr. Alan RUNGE [middle],
Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG – LCHKS President [right].
News from Concordia International School Hong Kong
This past weekend boys from Concordia International School Hong Kong operated by The Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod performed brilliantly at the Hong Kong 2014-2015 History Bee and Bowl Championships. The boys from our international school had multiple wins over their competitors from other international schools. Thus, the students from Concordia International School Hong Kong have qualified for admission to the 2014-2015 Asia History Bee and Bowl Championships. This is a prestigious academic award which has been received only by four middle schools in Hong Kong this year.
The LCHKS 65th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service cum The Ordination & Installation Ceremony
On Sunday 26th October 2014 The Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod (LCHKS) celebrated its 65th anniversary thanksgiving service cum the ordination and installation ceremony. More than 1 700 persons attended the service in which 8 new pastors were ordained and installed by the ministerium headed by Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG, LCHKS President. The newly ordinands are:
1. Mr. Lap Tak CHEUNG, Christ Saviour Lutheran Church,
2. Mr. Yat Shing TAM, Concordia Lutheran Church,
3. Mr. Tak Keung LIU, Elim Lutheran Church,
4. Mr. Chung Wah CHEUNG, The Nathan Road [Sung Un] Lutheran Church
5. Mr. Kam Tong CHEUNG, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
6. Mr. Siu Ming LAU, Holy Word Lutheran Church
7. Mr. Hing Yui SIU, Grace Light Lutheran Church
8. Mr. Lok Man KIANG, Gertrude Simon Lutheran College
The Annual General Meeting of the Synod for 2014 was held on 26th April at Concordia Theological Seminary. The mission stations “Amazing Grace”, “Holy Word” and “Grace Light” have been accepted as the member churches of the Synod. Further, the articles of Association of the Synod were adopted to be revised according to the requirement of Education Bureau.
The Presentation Ceremony for 2014 Tsui Chi Kwan Scholarship of The Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod was held on 26th April, 7 primary school students, 10 students from “Little Kid Project”, 12 secondary students and 7 college students got the scholarship.
Primary and secondary students as well as students from “Little Kid Project”, who won, received the scholarship of 1000 HKD per person, while the winners, who were the college students, received the scholarship of 2000 HKD per person.
Rev. Dr. Matthew HARRISON, the President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), commemorates the centennial anniversary of Lutheran missionaries coming to China, ponders upon the origin and development of the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod and appreciates the leadership of his peer, Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG, the President of the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod.
Mr. David G. KOHL, who has recently published the monograph “Lutherans on the Yangtze: A Centenary Account of the Missouri Synod in China”, tells a story of LCMS mission in China and traces the origin of the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod.
On the 5th and 6th October 2013 Dr. Karl Olav SANDNES from the Norwegian School of Theology (Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet) delivered public lectures on biblical studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) as part of centennial celebrations thereof. In the forum on Paul and Christian Identity (cf. the photo above) CTS was represented by Dr. Matthew OSEKA, whereas the lecture on Paul’s Areopagus Speech (Acts 17) was attended by Rev. Dr. Stephen IP, CTS President, and by Dr. OSEKA as well.
On the 29th September 2013 the Abiding Grace Lutheran Church, which gathers in Concordia Lutheran School (North Point), celebrated the Theological Education Sunday. On behalf of the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) Dr. Matthew Oseka shared the message there.
Rev. Sam L. S. YEUNG, Dr. Matthew Oseka, Tong Si Wai (Felix).
In August 2013 more than 250 teachers from 10 Lutheran schools participated in the Joint School Revival Meeting which was organised in Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College hall.
Rev. Dr. Allan Yung, the President of the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod, presented the souvenir to Rev. Eric S. Y. So, the General Secretary of the Church of Christ in China, who was a guest speaker at the Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College.
On 27th August 2013, on behalf of CTS, Dr. Matthew Oseka explored how CTS may help to advance Lutheran theological education in Cambodia offering the distance Greek course to students from Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambodia.
5th World Seminaries Conference Held in Palanga (Lithuania, EU) from the 8th to 11th August 2013
From the 8th to 11th August 2013 Rev. Dr. Stephen T. C. IP, CTS President, and Dr. Matthew OSEKA, CTS Director of Research & Development, as commissioned by the Synodical President, Rev. Dr. Allan YUNG, represented the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod (ILC member) attending the 5th World Seminaries Conference under the auspices of the International Lutheran Council (ILC).
The conference took place in Palanga (Lithuania, EU) and the topic thereof was “Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom as a Mark of the Church”. Thus, the representatives of the seminaries operated by the Lutheran churches belonging to ILC delivered the lectures on the aforementioned topic and discussed the contemporary situation of the theological education within the conservative Lutheranism. CTS delegation shared a brief presentation (An Existential Endeavour) as well as the seminary news.