Population: 0.64 million (2014)
Official languages: Chinese, Portuguese
Major religions: Chinese folk religion, Buddhism
IFES movement: FCS Macau (Fellowship of Christian Students)
Situated off China’s southern coast, this former Portuguese colony is now a special administrative region of China. It is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Macau’s economy is mostly based on tourism and gambling.
Under Portuguese rule, Macau was predominantly Catholic. Now Christianity only accounts for 7% of the population, with just under 2% being evangelicals. Christians face many temptations in this society where the main focus is on money, fame and career success.
- 10 tertiary institutions with 30,000 students; FCS groups in 2 of them
- 3 full-time, 1 part-time staff and around 30 volunteers
- graduate ministry for more than 10 years
- largest group at the University of Macau (30), smallest group at Macau Polytechnic Institute (7)
The greatest strength of the movement is its size: because the groups are small, it is easy to have a close relationship with the students and to provide discipleship opportunities.
FCS Macau also emphasises student initiative and this has enabled them to raise up strong student leadership, both for the movement, and also to serve the Church and society. They have developed student leaders who are creative in reaching out to other students through social media and other innovative ways. The movement has also actively sought to bring biblical influences to bear on society by engaging with issues such as gambling.
View from the Inside
Wakit Lou is the General Secretary for FCS Macau. He says, “I was strongly influenced by student ministry when I was a student myself. It is so important to learn how to relate one’s Christian faith to university life. It is still very exciting to be part of God’s work and to witness talented students commit to serve the Lord in various areas of life”.
John 3:30 has inspired his ministry: “He must become greater; I must become less.”
- for the students to develop a hunger to seek God;
- for their graduate ministry, which is starting afresh;
- for faith and trust in God when facing the financial needs.