A German delegation from the Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED Church Development Service) visited the CCA Centre on October 15. The eight-member delegation was received at the centre by Dr Ahn Jae Woong, the CCA general secretary and the executive staff. A dinner reception hosted in honour of the delegation was attended by church and civil society leaders in Hong Kong.
Dr Konrad von Bonin, chairperson of the EEDs Board of Directors, who led the delegation along with Ms. Margit Fleckenstein, paid rich tributes to the CCA for its work in Asia. He especially commented the CCAs initiatives in promoting inter-faith cooperation in the region.
Dr Ahn Jae Woong in his remarks said that people in Asia were always encouraged by EEDs concern, friendship and fellowship for the Asian people for the betterment of their life.
Ms Margit Fleckenstein, president of the Synod of the Church of Baden and a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany also spoke on the occasion.
The other memebers of the delegation were, Dr Monika Gansbauer, Dr Katrin Fiedler, Mr Christian Sauer, Ms Anna Grafin von Bernstorff, Mr Heiner Knauss and Mr Christoph Wilkens. Ms Anja Maria Bugs, Cultural and Press Attache of the German Consulate in Hong Kong was also present.
Among the church and civil society leaders from Hong Kong who were present were Metropolitan Nikitas (Orthodox Church), Rev Eric So (Hong Kong Christian Council), Major Alfred Tsang (The Salvation Army), Mr Yip Kok Choong (Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCAs), Mr Basil Fernando (Asian Human Rights Commission) and Dr Rose Wu (Hong Kong Christian Institute).
The Bonn-based EED, an association of the Protestant Churches in Germany, has been supporting the development work of the churches, Christian organisations, and private agencies in different parts of the world, through, among others, funding and offering consultancy services. One of the main aims of the EED is the creation of a just society
Dr Ahn Jae Woong with Dr Konrad von Bonin, chairperson of the EED’s board of directors. Orthodox Metropolitan for Hong Kong and South East Asia, Nikitas is also seen.