Our refugee ministry at The Vine grew from a small beginning in 2002, when we received a letter from an asylum seeker in detention in Victoria Prison asking us to visit him. Today, we are supporting over 250 refugees each week. We also run weekly fellowship groups at The Vine in their own native languages, and most of them attend one of our services on a Sunday. We consider our asylum seekers and refugee community to be an integral part of our church family.
Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong
The Vine has become increasingly involved in the area of social justice, and in particular in the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. It is estimated that there are about 6,000 asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. Many have been here for five years or more waiting for their cases to be reviewed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or by the government in the Convention against Torture (CAT) scheme. They come to Hong Kong from many places in the world where there is political unrest and their life would be in danger if they remained in their home country.
To learn more about this area, please visit the Vine Community Services limited (VCSL) website:
How Does The Vine Help?
Each year The Vine spends around HKD$2,000,000 to help support over 250 people on a regular basis by providing help with:
- Transport allowance
- Utilities and food allowance
- Counseling and support
- Rental assistance
- Weekly hot meal at The Vine Centre
Our African fellowship meets each week on Tuesday at The Vine Centre for a time of worship and word, followed by a hot meal served in the kitchen lounge. Conducted in English and French.
South Asian Fellowship
Our South Asian fellowship meets each week on Wednesday at The Vine Centre for a time of worship and word, followed by a hot meal served in the kitchen lounge. Conducted in English, Sri Lankan, and Tamil.