YWCA organised Thanksgiving Celebration to thank God’s solicitude over the century
To celebrate the centenary of YWCA, the Association hosted a Thanksgiving Celebration with the theme “A Century of Grace, Passing on with Love” to thank God for his unceasing grace and unwavering support over the past century. Over 700 participants joined the event online, witnessing God's grace and power, and prayed for His guidance in the future, so that the Association can provide timely social services for the society.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event with bible reading, prayer, sermon, testimony, was conducted online. We are pleased to have the Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong, to deliver the sermon. He agreed that love is basis of all services because God is with us only when there is love. He quoted lesson from Corinthians to emphasise that everything is meaningless without love.
Dr. Kwong believed that love is powerful and can change one’s behaviour, attitude and even life. “We are in a worrying era. The answer is love, but not anger or revenge. We should have hope on God’s love and power.” At the end, he prayed that God would bless the Association and lead us to love and justice in Hong Kong.
Ms. Helena To, the Association's President mentioned in her speech that the Association focused on serving women when it was founded 100 years ago. Now, it has developed into a diversified social service organisation with 100 units to help young children, youth, elderly, grassroots family etc. She expressed sincere gratitude to the divine grace over the past century.
A Century of God’s Grace: Hong Kong YWCA’s Service Development Video
Former President of the Association, participant of leadership training programme, experienced volunteer and YWCA evening school student shared their stories in a video. Ms. Yvonne Yeung, the Association’s Chief Executive said, “The video displays good examples of YWCA movement and shows how we impact the society.”
Thanksgiving Witness Video (Chinese Version Only)
2020 is a difficult year and the Association has the celebration plan changed for many times. Luckily, most events have been completed successfully, including the international conference, the community blessing activities and many more. In her closing remark, Ms. Eva Lee, the Association's Second Vice-President and the Chairman of the Thanksgiving Celebration expressed her heartfelt thanks to the Association’s former and current presidents, boards of directors, consultants, committee members, staff, volunteers, partner churches, organisations, corporations, foundations and government departments who have been supportive all along.
The Association pleads for God’s never-ending guidance so that we can continue our work in YWCA movement advocacy, Christian ministry, gender equality and women empowerment, and never forget the mission of the organisation, to serve the needy.