中文總結在郵件的最底部 :: Chinese summary below
It is finished.
Today is Good Friday. It was the most hopeless day in history. But…it was the day when hope was given to the whole world.
My thoughts this week are on how Jesus did everything He did, “for the joy that was set before Him.” This was my motivation for this event. All the suffering and challenges…it’s all for joy.
Let me clarify. I have sacrificed a lot to strengthen pro-life ministries and networks. But I’m not a martyr. I haven’t been persecuted for pro-life work. But, I do think the recent March for Life events were a kind of “spectacle”, a little like Jesus’ death on the cross.
For those who don’t believe in the inherent dignity of the unborn human being, then it is foolishness to speak up for their rights. It all seems strange and useless. What’s the point?
The March for Life events were a sacrifice. This was an offering of love, for children who have not yet been born. On a human level, we know that the most robust hope for the future of humanity comes through nurturing the next generation–not through killing them.
The March for Life also publicly exalted Jesus, pointing people to the beauty of His Incarnation.
And the March for Life events were a prayer and a prophecy, that generations and nations will be reconciled. (I will share more about the theme of reconciliation of nations in a future update.)
And it’s all for joy. Just like Jesus’ death on the cross, all our sacrifices are for the sake of joy.
“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Photo 1. Pastor Kenzo (Pro-Life Japan) sharing about the ministries he started in Japan.
Photo 2. Connie Chan (DPCMF Pro-life Ministry) talks with actor Dicky Cheung (張衛健)
But in the eyes of the world, a pro-life ministry–that protects the weakest human beings–it is ultimately foolishness!
The world continues to kill 25,000,000 unborn children in East Asia each year, and considers this necessary, and even wise. In the midst of the violence and darkness of so many hearts and minds, the pro-life ministries represented at the March for Life are bringing hope and saving lives in Hong Kong, all around China, and throughout East Asia.
We watch and pray, and stand and wait. It is still dark, but we wait in expectation for the promises of God.
When we walked between the events at 2 different churches, small groups stopped and prayed for several minutes in front of the FPAHK, where there are more than 3,000 abortions every year in Wanchai.
Photo 1: This photo includes several of Hong Kong’s pro-life leaders.
Photo 2: The 3 men in the prayer circle are Kevin Lai (founder of Joy of Life), Dominic Chan (Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese), and Dicky Cheung (張衛健, a famous Hong Kong actor).
Photo3. The sign says “Don’t Abort On Children’s Day” （兒童節不要墮胎）. This photo was from a public pro-life outreach on June 1 (Children’s Day) in Mainland China. The founder shared about how their annual event has already saved many lives, inspired new pro-life ministries, and is also moving hearts inside and outside the Church towards life. (It was also the catalyst for me to begin pro-life work in Hong Kong.) We also heard from Pastor Kenzo and FX, who started pro-life pregnancy resource ministry in Mainland China and Japan.
The 2018 March for Life invited people to exalt Jesus, to honor the mystery of His Incarnation (celebrated on March 25–nine months before Christmas), and to pray and work for an end to abortion. Over 150 people attended.
It began with an event at OLMC Church–Wanchai’s first Catholic church–and finished with an event at CCC Church–Wanchai’s first Protestant church.
We walked in small groups, and prayed briefly in front of FPAHK (家計會)–the first East Asia affiliate of IPPF. (Started by American social activist Margaret Sanger, IPPF is the world’s largest abortion network, and works closely with the government of every country in East Asia.)
我們分小組步行，並於家計會門外作簡單祈禱。（香港家計會是IPPF在東亞的第一個分部，IPPF 由美國社會活躍分子Margaret Sanger創立，IPPF是全世界最大的墮胎網絡，並與東亞政府緊密合作。）