On December 19, 2021 my son Naiah and his family went to the USA for a 30 day trip to raise monthly support. Now over 3 months later, they are still there! Hong Kong began banning flights from the US two weeks after they arrived, preventing them from returning. Although completely unexpected, they have been using this time to rack up 13,000 miles on the road sharing the exciting vision of what God is doing in HK & China to churches and individual meetups.
The reason they have not been able to return to Hong Kong is due to an Omicron outbreak which has triggered Hong Kong’s harshest lockdowns since the beginning of the pandemic. For most of 2022, everything has been closed, including schools, parks, gyms, churches. Not only that, the school we use for our services (now online-only services) was taken over by the government to be used as a mass testing facility. So now our services have moved to our 700 sq. ft. office space which we have since turned into a recording studio. We are so thankful that exactly one year ago God led us to supernaturally find this office space, which is now being used as a lifeline for the church.
But rather than sitting back and hiding during this new lockdown, we launched a 2nd service all in Chinese. This service is led by our newly ordained Pastor King (Steve & Sharmin’s son-in-law), and has already been met with more online views than the English service! In addition to this, we have begun an outreach program for the children who have been forced to stay at home for months-on-end.
Just a few days ago, the Hong Kong government announced that the flight ban will be lifted. So Naiah, Janis and family will finally be able to return Hong Kong on April 7th.
Despite all of the challenges, you, our faithful support team have helped our church remain as a beacon of hope to the Hong Kong people. As Hong Kong now begins to loosen up restrictions, we have GREAT EXPECTATION for exponential growth in our church. Throughout the last two years of on-and-off Covid lockdowns, the church has doubled in size. People are searching and finding Jesus.
Your prayer and financial support is what allows us to REMAIN in Hong Kong. We thank God that you have enabled us to establish a strategic ministry that is able to weather any storm, no matter how big or small.
Thank you for standing together with us to reach the Chinese people!
Blessings from Hong Kong,
Steve and Sharmin Fischer