What it’s like moving from Hong Kong to the UK

Deciding to leave Hong Kong and move to the UK was the biggest decision I have ever made for my family. In less than four months from starting to think about the move, we were already spending the coldest nights of our lives at an Air BnB in England, in the winter of 2021, during pandemic related lockdown.

By God’s grace and mercy, in just three weeks we succeeded in renting a place with no background check required and obtained places for my three children in three different schools all within walking distance. I was even offered a job before I had  started to think about getting one! Life is a journey of faith, and we could not make it if we were walking alone. So, after settling down a little bit, we thought it was time to get connected.

We found St John’s Church, by searching the church list in the UKHK network. Our first encounter with the church was at their Global Café, an evangelistic event for people from other countries. We met other Hong Kongers and later some gatherings were organised for us when a Cantonese-speaking minster was invited to share the Bible. To help us better understand the sermon on Sunday, the vicar also supports us by providing a Chinese translation for Hong Kongers ahead of the service. We were moved by the warm welcome and generous support from members of the church family who provided all sorts of information about living, invited us to home dinners and Bible studies, Easter holiday clubs, and kept us in their prayers.

It is not easy to journey on without knowing what will happen next. But as our recent sermon series has explored, Abraham walked with God by faith, and we can be sure God will always walk with us.