First Gateway Camp in HK Baptist University (250 attendees)
This past month of July 2021, I had the privilege of not only celebrating my 43rd birthday but also the 16th anniversary of my first trip to Hong Kong, exploring the idea of pioneering Gateway and moving with my family to this city as full-time missionaries.
As I look back on my personal journey and that of YWAM Gateway, I am truly thankful and encouraged by the amazing work that God has accomplished through this ministry. By His grace, we have been equipping and ministering to literally thousands of believers and hundreds of local churches through our programs.
It has been fascinating to witness His goodness and faithfulness since we started our first Gateway Camp in Hong Kong Baptist University back in 2006 and how we evolved into a vibrant YWAM missionary community in the past 15 years.
It's been truly a privilege to see my two children grow from babies to teenagers in such a dynamic, vibrant missional community of faith.
Our vision has always been "bringing all generations to know God, bring Him joy, and make Him and His Kingdom known to all peoples." Apart from equipping and mobilising youth literally from all over the world, God has called us to sow in local missions. Since 2010, the Lord has led us to establish our base in the heart of Chai Wan. For the past 11 years, we have had the privilege to work with many local churches in the neighbourhood. By providing training and doing outreaches together, we minister to the poor, advance God's Kingdom, and bring His presence to Chai Wan.
Chai Wan is our home. This year YWAM Gateway is about to see the completion of another exciting chapter in this journey of becoming ROOTED here. We plan to turn our 5400sq ft office into a multi-purpose space that will boost our effectiveness in our mission and empower us to serve the local community better.
Despite all the challenges with social unrest and Covid we have been facing in the past two years, YWAM Gateway is not just surviving but thriving with God's abundant provision and fulfilling the greater purpose of our mission. I'm pleased to announce that we managed to secure HK$17.8M (>70% of the project cost) to purchase and renovate our current premises. Special thanks to the families who have trusted in God's work in us to join us in co-owning these premises.
As we're crossing the finish line, we need your support more than ever. We need another HK$7M, but we know that God will provide everything we need and even more than what we can imagine. We want to invite you to walk with us in this faith journey as we are making this final push. Please take a few minutes to read through this vision brochure and pray for God's guidance on how you should be involved and to pray for the "ROOTED" project.
Thank you for partnering with us in fulfilling the Great Commission!
Pastor Diego Servant