A 24/7 Haven for Weary OFWs in Hong Kong

For the sake of their loved ones, our overseas Filipino workers went the extra mile.

With as many as 8.6 million documented by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, and possibly even more, OFW numbers continue to add up year after year.

In search of the proverbial greener pastures, many Filipinos have taken different jobs abroad for better pay. Domestic helpers, construction workers, caregivers, teachers, etc.—name it, they’ll grab it.

Dreams Turned Nightmares

In Hong Kong, close to 169,000 Filipinos continue to chase their dreams of a better life. However, many OFWs find themselves in unfortunate situations.

We’ve heard countless tales of overseas Pinoys battling sadness and homesickness. This is even more aggravated by the unkind treatment of some employers, physical abuse, verbal assaults, and, sometimes, even sexual violence.

These, sadly, pushes some of our poor kababayans to flee from Hong Kong without bringing anything home, except their painful experiences. Their dreams of greener pastures suddenly became nightmares.

At the CBN Asia Prayer Center in Manila, prayer counselors who are on standby 24/7 deal with these OFW nightmares on a regular basis.

“We receive international calls from OFWs in Hong Kong and their grievances. It is really difficult for them to live in a place where very few people understand them. And with their families and loved ones away from them, they have no one to turn to,” shares Pastor Salvador Bautista, head of the Prayer Center.

“That’s why it is important to reach out to our OFWs, communicate with them, and take care of them.”

Hello Hong Kong!

This is the reason why the CBN Asia Prayer Center recently launched its Hello Hong Kong hotline for OFWs who need prayers, emotional support, and sound advice.

OFWs in Hong Kong can call (852) 3114-5753 free of charge, made possible through Hong Kong-based VOIP service provider Tawag Tipid. Now our kababayans can now receive encouragement and guidance without worrying about excessive fees from overseas calls.

This new hotline connects to the CBN Asia Prayer Center in Manila 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can easily call at their own convenient time.

Hello Hong Kong is the Prayer Center’s latest initiative to reach out to OFWs across the globe. The Center has been a refuge for distressed and homesick OFWs by providing a prayer and counseling network via email, chat, and social media.

With the new hotline, Filipinos in Hong Kong can now talk directly to prayer counselors, who are ready to listen like a fellow kababayan, offer Bible-based guidance for OFWs’ problems, and extend uplifting prayers even from thousands of miles away.

“The new hotline is indeed a great help for OFWs in Hong Kong,” says Pastor Bautista. “Even if they are miles apart from their families, they can find a friend who will be a listening ear for their troubles, and a shoulder for them to cry on, especially during times of distress.”

Pastor Bautista adds, “It is our goal in the CBN Asia Prayer Center to provide them with comfort, care, love, and, most importantly, prayers. We need to take care of our OFWs and that’s what we will do, beginning with Hong Kong.”

OFWs can call the Hello Hong Kong hotline at (852) 3114-5753, open 24/7 and free of charge.

11 Comments

  • maraming salamat po sa pga share sa npaka nkakainspired pong testimony ng mga nkakapanuod ng inyong programa. isa po ako sa hinipo ng Diyos pra makinig at manuod sa inyo.. talaga po natututwa, ang puso ko tuwing maynagbabalik loob sa Diyos. myroon po ba kaung office or church dito sa hk? nais ko po sanang duon mglagi sa araw ng aking pahinga or off day ko po. thank you so much. God Bless po sa programag
    ng ito.

    • Maraming salamat Arlene, nagagalak kami sa iyong komento tungkol sa aming programa. Papuri’t, pasasalamat sa Panginoong Hesus lamang. Dalangin namin sayo gaya ng panalangin ni apostol Pablo sa mga taga-efeso 3:16-21 “Idinadalangin kong palakasin niya ang inyong buhay espirituwal ayon sa kanyang kayamanan at kadakilaan sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Espiritu. Nawa’y manatili si Cristo sa inyong mga puso sa pamamagitan ng inyong pananalig sa kanya. Dalangin ko na ang lahat ng inyong gawain ay nag-uugat sa pag-ibig upang lubusang maunawaan ninyo, kasama ng mga hinirang ng Diyos, kung gaano kalawak, gaano kahaba, gaano kataas, at gaano kalalim ang kanyang pag-ibig. At nawa’y malaman ninyo ang buong pag-ibig ni Cristo na hindi kayang abutin ng pag-iisip upang kayo’y mapuspos ng kapuspusan ng Diyos. Sa kanya na makakagawa nang higit pa kaysa maaari nating hilingin at isipin, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang kapangyarihang naghahari sa atin; sa kanya ang kaluwalhatian sa pamamagitan ng iglesya at ni Cristo Jesus magpakailanman! Amen. Para sa iyong request na makadalo sa isang simbahan diyan sa Hong Kong, para mai-refer ka namin, maaari ba namin makuha ang iyong kumpletong pangalan, address, email address at kontak number? Salamat at pagpalain ka ng Panginoon.

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