We are delighted to announce that Jackie Pullinger will be joining us in Mumbai for the Call2Compassion and Justice.
Jackie’s work with the drug addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and young people of Hong Kong, especially in Kowloon’s Walled City, is known around the the world, and has been recognised by the Hong Kong Government, by the United Kingdom (she was awarded an M.B.E. by the Queen in 1988) and by the University of Hong Kong which has awarded her an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences.
She, however, continues to remind us that God’s heart is towards the poor, oppressed and downtrodden, and that the City of God is a present as well as future reality, and that reflections of it can be established even in a place like the Kowloon’s Walled City.
She describes her call to Hong Kong in the following way: “Too young and unqualified to join a missionary society, I asked God what to do with my life. ‘Go,’ he replied and repeated this whenever I asked; and when I inquired where, he added ‘Go, and I will lead you. I went. On the advice of a minister I took the cheapest ship I could find, calling in at the greatest number of countries. I got on and prayed to know where to get off.”
Jackie arrived in Hong Kong in 1966 and was immediately drawn to the most notorious and dangerous city imaginable – Kowloon’s Walled City. It was into the den of hopelessness and despair that she came, totally unaware of how God would transform her life and, through her, the face of Hong Kong’s Walled City. Jackie has been working with the poor in Hong Kong for over 40 years and has seen remarkable results as lives are changed, healed and restored through finding relationship with Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit. She has also written two books: Chasing the Dragon and Crack in the Wall – the life and death of Kowloon Walled City.
We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to learn from Jackie, who will be sharing her experience in our plenary sessions as well as leading a workshop on Tuesday 5 November.
She joins an exciting line-up of speakers including Viju Abraham, Jeyakumar Christian, Raineer Chu, G. Stephen Goode, Viv Grigg, John Hayes, Johan & Jeannette Lukasse, Deepak Mahtani, Arthur Thangiah, and David Westlake.