Chinese! Hong Kong Congregation Produces New Web Site
October 19, 2010
When we produced our first Arabic-language booklet, we received several messages saying, “Hey, what about Chinese?!” Well, we’re very excited to announce that our Hong Kong United Church of God congregation has made a ground-breaking effort in this regard.
The Hong Kong congregation recently established a new UCG Web site online at www.ucghk.org. They engaged a local Web design firm to build the site for them, with the written content coming from our official UCG literature and Web sites. But, and here is the news: the difference, and the reason for building the site, is that in addition to English, it’s also in Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters! The view is to provide the gospel message to the Chinese-speaking world.
We have started translating the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs found on www.ucg.org) and other selected, short pieces of literature for initial Chinese translation. All the content has been professionally translated and reviewed by members in Hong Kong, and is approved under the supervision of UCG senior pastor for Asia, David Baker.
Sitting behind the Web site is a content management system that allows us to easily upload the FAQs and literature once we have them in all 3 languages. We’ve also setup Google Analytics so we can monitor traffic, time on the Web site, bounce rates, etc.
Now that the site is setup, we want to ramp up the amount of literature and information on it, and make sure we get the gospel message out in Asia and Southeast Asia in a greater way. Articles from the latest issues of the Good News magazine are now being forwarded to the Hong Kong congregation Web team for translation into Traditional and Simplified Chinese for the site. As time progresses, our literature library of proclamation and doctrinal material in the Chinese language will expand dramatically.
Despite being such a small group in Hong Kong, the local congregation is able to fund this project, but their time to spend on the project is challenging and they are still gaining valuable experience.
Please pray for the success of this very important effort to preach the good news of the Gospel of God’s Kingdom in this culturally rich, yet often spiritually poor, region of our globe.
Peter Forster—Project Manager, Hong Kong UCG Web Site
Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, UCG Media and Communications Services