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Newsletter (November 2019)

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感謝神 ! 於八月六日在倫敦華埠中國站,本中心與華人資料及諮詢中心,及華宣中心,合作擧辦了第二次的英國華人與賭博研討會,主题是「如何找到戒睹的力量 ?」特別誠邀香港的問題睹博諮詢師,關活佳博士來分享他的論文成果,他特別認爲輔導賭徒身邊的女性,無論是配偶,姐妹或母親,對賭徒的影響最大。


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Newsletter (August 2018)

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感謝神!我們與其他反對賭博機構,經過多年來的抗議和遊說,英國政府終於在今年五月公佈了新規定,把「固定賠率博彩機」(FOBT)的最大投注額,每局從一百鎊減到兩英鎊。

這些被稱為「賭博可卡因」的博彩機,它可以讓賭徒在20秒內輸掉100英鎊,並且非常容易上癮。這些新型的博彩機的營業額佔了英國各地的投注站的總收入的一半以上。根據戒賭中心的統計,近年來,到中心求助的賭博人士中,有百分之七十以上人,都染上了這種博彩機的癮。

雖然,這個新規定將造成賭業的收入和政府從賭業而來的稅收大幅下降,但此舉卻減少賭博對賭徒與他們家庭的傷害,以至對社會的深層禍害。要是從社會代價的角度來計算,我們認為還是很值得的。福音戒賭中心除了幫助人戒賭,協助受賭博影響家庭,和處理因賭帶來的種種問題以外,向華人社區宣傳賭博禍害,教育社群向賭說“不”,防止更多人因染上賭癮而受害,也是本中心的宗旨。


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Newsletter (August 2017)

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主內親愛的弟兄姐妹,你們好!

向賭徒及家人傳福音一直是中心的使命,回首中心二十一年的服侍,可見近年來,我們所接觸到的受助者人數,實在不盡如人願。感謝神在今年董事會議中,讓我們再思中心使命和理念,檢視我們的強項、弱處和策動未來中心要走的方向。雖然中心所作的微小有限,但我們深信上帝仍繼續要使用中心,叫我們能成為賭徒及家人的幫助和引導,使受賭博禍害的家庭,能靠主重建幸福生活。過去二十年得蒙神的保守,得以見證主福音的大能,確實仍是感恩。

在這盛夏七月,感謝神,讓中心有機會安排了一次的夏日遊,有四十多位人士興高采烈地參觀了倫敦Kew Garden植物園。各景區景色秀麗宜人,溫室裡面有著各式各樣的熱帶植物,奇花異木樣樣不缺,一陣陣花朵香氣迷人,使人流連忘返,真是讚嘆神與人同工的奇妙創造,實在不枉此行啊!


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Newsletter (November 2016)

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主內親愛的弟兄姐妹,你們好!

感謝神保守帶領中心踏入第20週年,並於11月8日晚在倫敦唐人街的一間酒樓舉行了這次感恩聚餐。蒙中心各董事們及一群愛心義工們協助,一切得以順利進行!當晚有160位嘉賓蒞臨參加,有來自遠地的卡地夫,布里斯托爾,德比,米德爾斯伯勒,伯明翰,鄰近的有牛津,米爾頓凱恩斯,以及倫敦眾教會和機構的牧者與弟兄姊妹,聚首一堂,大家都為中心20年來蒙神恩典和帶領而高興歡欣。更有鄭玉添弟兄和Kitty姊妹,當晚分享成功戒賭見證,現記錄如下,同頌主恩。


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Newsletter (July 2016)

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主內親愛的弟兄姐妹,你們好!

感謝主,在一群忠心的領袖、同工義工和朋輩關顧者的同行下, 透過基督信仰,藉著戒賭小組和查經團契,學習聖經真理,我們幫助了不少求助者脫離賭博的捆綁, 亦協助了很多受賭博影響的家庭, 讓賭徒及其家人重尋有意義的生命, 重建家庭和好關係, 重編健康的生活, 以及重整正確的人生價值觀。

今年中心已踏入二十週年,除了頻密的推廣活動以外, 我們將會舉辦一次感恩佈道餐會,希望藉此讓更多人了解中心過去二十年的經驗和運作,認識賭博的禍害,更盼望能見證福音的大能以外,叫有需要的人認識主,歸向神。


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Newsletter (July 2015)

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代禱事項

1)近年來,英國政府放寬了對賭業的限制,今日各處賭博場所林立,賭風日盛。縱然,社會反對的聲音不斷,當局仍然不加管制,以至,賭禍蔓延,遺害了不少生命和家庭。求神憐憫醫治這地。
2)中心 8月31日 (假日) 舉行慈善步行,求神感動人報名參加和贊助此次的籌款活動,支持中心經濟上的需要,並保守帶領籌備工作。我們十分需要兩位受過訓練的急救員。
3)請為8月29日由倫敦中華基督教會舉辦的夏季足球賽代禱,願神帶領衆多的年青人來參加,好叫他們認識到賭博的危險,免受賭癮的禍害。
4)中心特別需要在文字事工,電腦操作,網頁更新等工作上有知識或經驗的義工幫忙,求神帶領,感動有志事奉的肢體來參與。
5)請為中心明年在十一月舉辦二十週年感恩聚餐會代禱, 求神感動弟兄姊妹踴躍出席,一同數算主恩及保守帶領籌備工作更完善。

 

 


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Newsletter (July 2014)

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

It has been two years since the Centre moved to its current address. We are grateful to King’s Cross Methodist Church for taking us in. Initially, we had a hectic time settling into the new environment. However, with God’s guidance, our work has seen further development, and the co-operation between the staff and volunteers has seen new arrangements. We thank God that we have settled in quite well in the past year.

This year, the Centre is entering its 18th anniversary. We are grateful to God that, with the co-operation of faithful leaders, volunteers and others, the Centre is now becoming a place where gamblers and their families can repair and rebuild their lives.


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Newsletter (July 2012)

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Greetings, dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ!

We give thanks to God for His grace in establishing and sustaining CCGR since our inception in 1996. Our much-needed ministry continues to relieve the suffering of problem gamblers and their families through the power of the gospel, providing hope and deliverance.

Although most of our service users are from the UK, we are able to extend our help even as far as China (via e-mail) and Amsterdam (we offer advice to brothers and sisters who have set up a similar ministry there).


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Objection to granting more gambling licences near Chinatown

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Objection to New Casino Nearby China Town


Dear Sir / Madam,

Objection to granting more gambling licences near Chinatown

          As you may know, with the approval of Westminster City Council, London Clubs International has successfully opened The Casino at the Empire in Leicester Street in Chinatown in 2007. This casino, adjacent to Napoleons Casino, is currently the largest gambling establishment in the area, operating 24 hours a day with no membership required. In 2008, the authorities licensed another large casino at the Hippodrome, next to Leicester Square Underground station, scheduled to open in 2011.


          Furthermore, in October last year, Paddy Power was licensed to open a new betting shop at the heart of Chinatown at No. 40 Gerrard Street, only a few shop fronts away from Ladbrokes’ existing betting shop. Not long ago, the authority also licensed another betting shop at No. 40 Shaftesbury Avenue, in the vicinity of Chinatown, which may open for business at any time. Even so, the licensing authority has still accepted Ladbrokes’ application for another betting shop at No. 112 Shaftesbury Avenue.

          At present, there are already 6 casinos, 13 betting shops and 7 adult gaming centres or amusement arcades in operation within about five minutes’ walk from Chinatown. In total there are more than 50 gambling establishments within a one-mile radius from Chinatown.

          We are deeply concerned about the growing number of gambling establishments in the area and would like to hereby express our views and strong objections. Easy access to gambling premises is not only an irresistible temptation to suffering pathological gamblers, but an attraction for more people to participate in gambling. As a result, more people will become addicted to gambling, leading to more economic, social and mental health problems for affected individuals, families and the society as a whole.

          Gambling can have severe adverse impacts on people’s lives. Those who indulge in it can be male, female, young or old. Many not only gamble away their hard-earned money, but their valuable time and precious life. In the worst cases, heavy gamblers lose all they possess. We have seen many run up heavy debts, causing constant rows at home. Some break up their families, and their innocent children suffer. The consequences are even worse if they had borrowed money from loan sharks. The constant threats and warnings from ‘recovery agents’ terrorise not only the gamblers, but their families. Many have indulged in gambling so frequently that they develop an addiction which they cannot easily get out of. In their helplessness, they lose their direction and their sense of right and wrong. Many commit crimes; others may even commit suicide or murder.

          We sincerely do not want to see more people, especially those who work or live in Chinatown, to suffer from the devastating effects of gambling. We therefore strongly urge the authorities not to approve any new gambling licences in the Chinatown area. We earnestly hope that the Council will fulfill its responsibility of protecting the well-being of its residents and give our plea serious consideration.


          We look forward to authorities consulting the views of the Chinese community in their licensing process of gambling premises in the future, so that London citizens of Chinese origin can participate in the advancing of the well-being of local residents in the City of Westminster.


Yours faithfully, 

Peter LM Chan
Centre Manager
Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation

On behalf of the following Chinese churches & Christian organisations:
Chinese Church in London (All Seven Congregations)
www.ccil.org.uk

Chinese Congregation of the Methodist Church
www.wlm.org.uk

Saint Martin-in-the-Field Chinese Congregation
www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org

Salvation for Chinese Church (All Five Congregations)
www.scc-uk.org

London Chinese Alliance Church
Victoria Hall, Sheepcote Road, Harrow, London, HA1 2JE

South London Alliance Church
www.slac.org.uk

North London Alliance Church
47 Rushgrove Avenue, Colindale, London, NW9 6QP

Rhenish Church (UK)
1 Orange Street, London WC2 7HR

London Chinese Lutheran Church
American Church, 79A Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 9HB

Bread of Life Christian Church in London
www.bolcc.org.uk

Chinese Congregation Epsom Methodist Church
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Rd., Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AQ

Trinity United Reformed Church
Mansel Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 4AA

London Chinese Scholar Christian Fellowship
2nd floor, Newton Institute, Long’s Court, London, WC2H 7HR

Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation
Basement 59 Birkenhead St., London WC1H 8BB, England, UK

King’s Cross Methodist Church Chinese Migrants Services
58A Birkenhead Street, London WC1H 8BB

Chinese Family For Christ
1 Cromwell Road, Croydon, Surrey CRO 2JZ, England, UK

Chinese Christian in Europe Ministry & Resources Centre
Newton Institute, Long’s Court, Leicester Sq., London,WC2H 7EL,UK

Faith Hope & Love Fellowship Chinese Services Centre
Peths Wood Methodist Church,
Queensway, Petts Wood, Kent, BR5 1EB

“Chinese Christian in Europe” Journal & Prayer Group
36 Grimwade Avenue, Surrey, CR0 5DG, U.K.

New Leaf Counselling Service
www.newleafcounselling.org.uk

Chinese Christian Counselling Ministries
www.chinese-christian-counselling.co.uk

Herald UK Bimonthly
CCHC UK, P.O. Box 48363, London W12 8W