Official Country Name:Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
Government:Autonomous Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
Official Languages:Chinese, Mandarin
Religious Demographics:Ethnic Religions ±59%, Chinese Religion ±28.5%, Christian ±12%, Evangelical ±6%, Unevangelized ±17%
Number of Evangelicals
Poised to Further the Kingdom
As an independent special administrative region of China, Hong Kong stands with much similarity, but also stark juxtaposition to its Chinese neighbors. More than two decades ago, the former British colony of Hong Kong was handed over to mainland China, who pledged to keep Hong Kongese traditions and autonomy alive. China agreed to grant Hong Kong 50 years to continue its capitalistic political system before it had to adapt the ways of mainland China; however, China has been slowly decreasing the freedoms that they allow Hong Kong, which have been sparking recent riots and uproar. These riots and pushback then cause China to increase their presence and unwanted power over Hong Kong. Many nations are coming to the aid of Hong Kong, such as the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as they challenge the overstepping of China and side with Hong Kong. This increase of mainland power over Hong Kong will have varying and increasing effects on their economy, politics, religion and mobilization potential. Source: Hong Kong China relations
Now, home to approximately 7.5 million people, Hong Kong boasts an economic powerhouse and fluctuating government. Though they host a relatively small evangelical church, Hong Kongese evangelicals have ample opportunity to reach UPGs and be supported by a booming economy. Evangelicals were welcome to worship freely not long ago, but after recent laws passed by China, the church is quickly beginning to live in fear, as their freedoms are decreasing rapidly.
The Hong Kongese church has strong roots in Roman Catholicism, as missionaries visited in the late 1800s and spurred the formation of a Diocese. The Diocese has established its own administrative structure, while still maintaining close links with the Pope.
Due to its close proximity to the unreached and its status as an economic powerhouse, we rank Hong Kong's mobilization potential as High.