Dear Friends,

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive
their sin and will heal their land‘."

2 Chronicles 7:14


Together with this scripture, God also gave me a vision on February 2nd 2003 to have a Christian gathering in Hong Kong. The purpose of this gathering is to promote unity among all the churches. After the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong, more so I felt the importance of faith and prayer. Where there is unity, there is power and we can work towards a common mission to love, help and uplift each other.

With this united front, we pray that God will do
A NEW THING for Hong Kong as in Isaiah 43:18 & 19

"Forget the former things.
Do not dwell in the past
See, I'm doing a new thing!
Now it springs up;
Do you not perceive it?
I'm making a way in the desert
And streams in the wasteland."


I sincerely hope that you will come and bring your friends along to see what God has to speak to you.

God bless you all,


Chairperson of the Citywide Renewal, "A New Thing"

 

Speeches given to the Pastors on September 5, 2003 in Royal Plaza Hotel

Speech by Mrs. Linda Ma (Chairperson of the Citywide Renewal, "A New Thing")

Before I start giving my testimony, I would like to thank all of you who are here today in spite of your busy schedules. I would also like to take this opportunity to give special thanks for those who have persistently prayed for me and the gathering on Oct. 4.

Secondly I would like to explain my reason of using a cross in the poster. One day, God gave me a vision of a cross to explain this unity He so desires. The NS axis represents the unity of the people within the society: starting from the church, to the government and the market place. In short, people from different backgrounds. The EW axis represents the unity of churches. From English speaking to Chinese speaking churches. From traditional to charismatic churches. God desires that we can come together as One People to worship His Majesty.

Now I would like to share with you the testimony of the birth of this revival.

On 2nd Feb of this year, I had a personal encounter with the Lord in Singapore. At 2.30am, I was awoken up by the word 'crusade'. That word somehow excited me but I did not know why. I could not go back to sleep. When I nearly dozed off at 4.00am, the word 'crusade' woke me up again. Somehow I knew the Lord was trying to get my attention. I prayed to the Lord. "Lord, you did not wake me up for nothing. There must be a message for me and please give me an answer". The Lord's prompting to me was: I shall explain to you in church this morning at 8 o'clock. With a step of faith, I told my husband about this and I am glad I did. Now my husband is the witness to this testimony.

That day, Rev. Lawrence Kong was giving the sermon in Faith Community Baptist Church. When the sermon was halfway through, the pastor said as crystal clear as can be "Love Singapore. We should have crusades and unity of churches. God is grieved with our sins and the greatest power God's children have over darkness is unity". In that sermon, the name of Dr. Rick Seaward was mentioned, as he is the Chairman of the Love Singapore Movement.

When I returned to HK, the word crusades appeared everywhere. In books, in newspapers and even in websites I entered. WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT, I KNEW THE LORD WAS SPEAKING TO ME. Love Hong Kong, have a crusade, now called the gathering.

Then the Lord showed me the following Biblical Verses.
Jeremiah Chapter 1 Verse16
'I will pronounce my judgements on my people
Because of their wickedness in forsaking me'

1 Corinthians Chapter 3, Verse 3 speaking on the division in the church
'You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly?'

Genesis Chapter 6, Verse 6.
'The Lord was grieved....'

Verse 7
'I am grieved that I have made them.'

Then one night I was in Hong Kong Coliseum. I asked the Lord "Is this the place, Lord?" I saw the screen, the seats, the sound system etc. Will this place be too big? He answered "NOTHING IS TOO BIG FOR ME."

God showed me these following passages:
In the footnote of Psalm Chapter 148 Verse 5-14 the Application Bible:
'All creation is like a majestic symphony or a great choir composed of many harmonious parts that together offer up songs of praise. Each part is caught up and carried along in the swelling tides of praise. This is a picture of how we as believers should praise God-individually, yet as part of the great choir of believers worldwide. Are you singing well in the worldwide choir of praise?'

Psalm Chapter 150 Verse 3-5

In the footnote of 1 Chronicles Chapter 16 Verse 4-7 in the Application Bible:
'The music must have been loud and joyous as evidenced by the list of instruments and the presence of choirs and song leaders. Music was also important in New Testament worship.'

Ephesians Chapter 5 Verse 19
Colossians Chapter3 Verse 16.

After the SARS epidemic in HK, moreso did I feel the importance of faith and the unity of churches. This echoed the vision of the gathering. The harvest is here for the people to hear God's message and the unity of churches.

I told June about my personal encounter with the Lord and she encouraged me to proceed under the covering of ICA. Pastor Ken, Linda, BK and David also encouraged me to go ahead with the gathering.

On May 30th, convinced by so many promptings from the Lord, I phoned Hong Kong Coliseum initially trying to find out the available dates in the month of Oct. But to my surprise, the person in charge told me that if I did not make a decision of paying the deposit on that very day for the October 4th opening, I would have to wait till next year- in March 2004!!

With a step of faith, I paid the deposit through ICA and booked the Coliseum for October 4th. I said I did this with a step of faith because at that time we did not have the speaker yet.

We then requested Dr. Rick Seaward to come, as prompted to me by the Lord. Dr. Seaward said he could only come under one condition. He has to return to Singapore the morning after the event at 8.00am. Fortunately, there is a CX flight at 8.00pm the evening of the gathering, so that he can return home in time. If CX does not have this flight, Rick cannot come. Praise the Lord.

With the venue and the guest speaker arranged, the organization proceeded and is now well underway. I have to give special thanks to the committee members: Mr. Robert Tsoi, Mr. Hugo Chan, Rev. Li Kin Wah, Ms. June Liau, Dr. Agatha Chan, Mrs. Grace Loong and Rev. Enoch Lam. The smooth running of this gathering is a testimony of God's hand upon it and His divine intervention. Praise the Lord

Please continue to listen to the final part of my testimony, which is the most interesting part.

I was recently in New York for 2 days and I went to Times Square Church and to my greatest joy, Rev. David Wilkerson was giving a sermon on that day.

He began his sermon by talking about the blackout in New York that happened last month. He believes that everything that happens in this world is an act of God, including the blackout incident. God wanted to use that incident to send His people a message: that the nation is vulnerable and that we CANNOT live without him. What he spoke of reminded me of the SARS breakout in Hong Kong.

Whilst I was thinking about the association, God caught my attention when Rev. David said in a crystal clear voice: "But God is going to do a New Thing." He asked us to turn to Isaiah Chapter 43 Verse 18-19 'Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?...'

I WAS SHAKEN TO THE CORE BECAUSE THIS IS THE EXACT BIBLICAL VERSE THAT WE USE FOR THIS GATHERING. Then he continued. God will rise up and His name will be glorified. Rev. David also mentioned that when we pray we have to humble ourselves before God will heal the land. Chronicle Chapter 14. Verse 7.

When you look at my website this is another Biblical verse I used for the gathering. 2 exact Biblical verses within the few minutes, this cannot be a co-incidence! God's message that day echoed and reinforced the previous messages He had given me. God is with me and He wants me to tell you that God is with us.

Then Rev. David continued to talk about the Lord being grieved with our sins. Yes, He is. For His name's sake, we should rise and be revived. We should rise up to proclaim His name. We should rise up to declare His Power, His Might and His Strength. And in doing so, we should have no fear of man. No man can stand in the way of our proclamation of His Glory.

The next thing that shocked me is that he said that many nations will be revived, especially China (HK is part of China). He mentioned the revival of China 3 times. He asked the congregation to pray for China, Russia, Islam and the rest of the world, putting particular emphasis on China. I am very grateful that other countries have the heart for HK and are praying for us. (Rev. Nicky Gumble of Holy Trinity Brompton in UK was praying for us as well when I visited him in April 2003)

The message cannot be clearer: that the Lord is grieved with us and we have to wake up, rise up and lift up His name. Let us pray for the revival and please invite and encourage your congregation to come to the gathering. This is His calling, His gathering, His party.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Speech given by Rev. Li Kin Wah (General Secretary of the Citywide Renewal, "A New Thing")

On the 5th of September, more than 120 ministers from different churches gathered at the Royal Plaza Hotel for a vision sharing meeting.

Praise the Lord, we were able to hear how God manifested Himself again. This time, it was through a dear sister who is not even a minister. I believed that everyone who attended the meeting was anxious to hear what God had to say to our city as well as to our churches.

The Chairperson of the organising committee, Mrs. Linda Ma, shared how "Citywide Renewal" came about. As I listened to her, my mind suddenly recalled an event that happened sometime in February. The Lord woke me up around 4:00 am. While I was wondering why He had waken me, I heard His voice.

He said, "I want you to get up and pray for the renewal of this city." So I went to pray.

For the next three weeks, the Lord would wake me up in the middle of the night and get me to pray for the renewal of Hong Kong. I really felt that God wanted me to do something for Him. Since March, the Lord allowed me to embark on a number of endeavours and they were all connected to the renewal of the city, and has not stopped even now.

In March and April, the Lord impressed upon me to start on a 40 day fasting and prayer. During Easter, several thousand Christians gathered in Causeway Bay for a "March for Jesus", raising up the victorious banner of Jesus Christ. Afterwards, one of our fellow ministers was impressed by the Holy Spirit to take action to embrace Hong Kong for 52 days. I said, "When should we begin?" A leader responded, "In a week." "Who can do it?" "How about you?" was the answer. As a result, I was designated to lead, and organised meetings to publicly praising God's name and praying for unity in Victoria Park for 52 days.

Afterwards, a number of ministers were again impressed by the Holy Spirit to ask the Lord for the city to receive God's message. So in July, we implemented the "Once Upon a Rainbow" evangelistic meetings, which consisted of a total of 15 meetings. "Whom should we appoint to carry this out?" I asked and Mr. Hugo Chan said, "You are the one!" Since I knew the Lord was working in my heart, I did not dare to refuse. Out of more than 30,000 people who attended the meetings, over 2,000 accepted the Lord as their personal Saviour.

In early August, Linda and Hugo asked again, "Rev. Li, we are planning a meeting in October and we hope you will be able to help." I said, "Please don't ask me again as I don't think I can take the responsibility anymore without the support of my organisation." At that moment, I quietly said to the Lord, "I need to know if it is your will. Currently, we are bidding for two to three social service projects. If none of them is successful, then I will take this up."

What do you think was the result? None of the projects was approved and I agreed to their request. God is amazing. I strongly feel that revival of Hong Kong churches is coming soon. God does not want His Body to be divided anymore. He wants to raise up all the people in His church, to be His missionaries, and to finish the mission of evangelising the world.

Therefore, when Linda shared with us about "Citywide Renewal - A New Thing", I felt God was talking to me. I really hope that each one of you who attended this meeting would be moved by the Holy Spirit, bringing your flocks to hear what the Lord had to say to us. It is not only a matter of personal revival, but also the revival of the Church. If the Hong Kong churches remain status quo, there will be no way for us to be ready when revival comes.

On October 4th, aside from the message to be given by Dr. Rick Seaward from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the Organising Committee has decided to continue the meeting with Worship and Praise from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

God has prepared a special spiritual feast for us all. Therefore, we would like all the churches in Hong Kong to receive, at this moment of time, an important message from the Lord. I sincerely plead that all ministers call upon the Lord to shower His mercy upon Hong Kong, call upon the Holy Spirit to touch each of the brothers and sisters, and call a greater outpouring of His anointing upon us all. Amen.

Photos taken at the Pastor Lunch Meeting on September 5, 2003 in Royal Plaza Hotel

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