Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui's Missionary Area of Macau. The hospitality I have received in the Anglican Province of Hong Kong since I arrived has far exceeded my expectations and the visit to Macau was no exception. After arriving at Macau via ferry, we were taken on a tour of two community centers, two churches and an Anglican school. My favorite part was talking to some of the kids that the community centers serve.
|With Father Bruce Woodcock, the daycare class, and their two teachers|
In 2009, Macau surpassed Las Vegas in gambling revenue. There are currently 34 casinos operating in Macau and 7 more will open in the next year. Over 50% of Macau's population works in the casino industry. One of the community centers we visited operates a gambling addiction recovery service.
|Just part of one of the newest casinos|
While standing on the balcony of that center, we could see two high-rise apartment buildings right next to each other. One building is government housing where each apartment costs around $10,000 US. The other is a luxury complex where units are sold for over $1million US. I've not yet been in Hong Kong a week, but what's struck me the most so far is the economic disparity here. I have a feeling that understanding will increase as I begin work next week at Mission for Migrant Workers.
Also while in Macau, I saw Mainland for the first time and enjoyed delicious Portuguese food! I will definitely return to Macau if I get an opportunity!