Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), visited the office of Amity Foundation Hong Kong on May 3, 2019. He was received by The Amity Foundation's Chair Mr. Qiu Zhonghui, General Secretary Ms. Ling Chunxiang, Executive Director of Amity Foundation Hong Kong Anthony Tong and staff. During the meeting, Dr. Olav Tveit received updates on Amity's social work in Mainland China and Hong Kong, including diaconia and work related to food and water as well as relief and sustainable development work outside of China in recent years.
Mr. Qiu Zhonghui present a Bible printed at the Amity Printing to Dr. Tveit (left). Meeting at the office of Amity Hong Kong (right).
Dr. Olav Tveit said it is a good sign that Amity now has a presence in the Ecumenical Center in Geneva. It shows that Amity is serious on internationalization and gives a positive sign towards the UN and other international organizations in Geneva as well as to the churches. Dr. Tveit and Mr. Qiu both emphasized the very good relations between WCC and Amity and expressed hope for more collaboration, including activities like the Summer Academy on Diaconia in 2018.
Dr. Tveit attended the 'Food and Water for Life' seminar as the keynote speaker the following day, delivering a keynote speech and introducing the 'Ten commandments of Food'. The seminar took place at the Tao Fo Shan Christian Center and was co-organized by Amity Foundation Hong Kong. Visiting Hong Kong for the first time, the General Secretary of WCC visited various Christian institutions, getting an lasting impression on Hong Kong's Christian educational, social and ecumenical work.
Gathering with the St. John's Cathedral and associated NGOs and ministries
Meeting with the Chinese YMCA (left) and the YMCA of Hong Kong (right).
Bishop Ben from the ELCHK host Dr. Tveit (left). Meeting at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (right).
Dr. Olav visits the Kowloon Union Church (left) and Asian Pacific Mission for Migrants (right) to inform himself about migrant and refugee work in Hong Kong.
The guests Dr. Olav Tveit and Dr. Manoj visit the Chapel of Divinity School of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.