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Records of the BGEA: Hong Kong Office -
Collection 271

[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent.]

Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

General Historical Background of Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Historical Background of the BGEA's Hong Kong Office
Biography of V. Samuel Jones

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Artifacts, Audio Tapes, Books, Oversize Materials, Periodicals, and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Artifacts
    Audio Tapes
    Books
    Oversize Materials
    Periodicals
    Photographs
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)



Brief Description.
Correspondence, promotional materials, editorial guidelines, tracts, guest books, incorporation articles, stationery, official seals, audio tapes, a scrapbook, and other materials relating to the operations of the office. Documents outline the ongoing activities of the office, the principal task of which was the publication of a Chinese edition of DECISION magazine. Other BGEA programs in Hong Kong and southeast Asia were coordinated there as well. There are restrictions on the use of this collection.


Collection 271 [December 1, 2004]
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1950-
Hong Kong Office; 1973-
Records; 1973-1982
2 Boxes (DC, .75 cubic feet), Artifacts, Audio Tapes, Books, Oversize Material, Periodicals, Photograph

Restrictions

The BGEA retains the copyright to their materials and their permission is needed for quotation. BGEA permission is also required to copy photos, audio recordings, or films in this collection, as well as paper records in any restricted files. The Archives staff will provide the form needed to request copying permission. Paper records in files not otherwise restricted may be copied. For quotation permission, contact the BGEA at bgpermissions@bgea.org


Historical Background

NOTE: Because a knowledge of the organizational history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would be helpful in using this collection, a brief history of the BGEA is available. Ask the Archives staff to see a copy or go to the Web version at http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/bio.html

Outside the United States, there were a number of BGEA affiliates. They usually coordinated the showing of BGEA films in their country; the broadcast of radio and television programs where appropriate; the production of the national version of Decision, if there was one; arrangements for crusades in that country, etc. At one time, the BGEA had affiliates in Great Britain (opened in 1955), Mexico, Canada (1954), Germany (1963), Japan (1967), Argentina, Australia (1959), France, as well as Hong Kong. In the 1980s many of these offices were closed down or their activities were greatly decreased.

In November 1972, the BGEA opened its Hong Kong office in Kowloon, with V. Samuel Jones serving as director of the office. The Association was officially incorporated in Hong Kong in January 1973. The Hong Kong office's principal task was to publish a Chinese edition of Decision magazine for worldwide distribution to Chinese communities. The first issue was published in August 1973, with Dr. Philip Teng serving as editor. Jones initially worked to develop a network in Southeast Asia for distributing the new edition of Decision, and by 1975 had established distribution agencies, both organizations and individuals, in Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand; the office also coordinated the mailing or delivery of Decision into China.

This work was complemented by distribution of films produced by World Wide Pictures and books published by the BGEA (in both Chinese and English), broadcast of the Hour of Decision radio program, and coordination of television broadcast of films in Asia. The office also coordinated the showing of The Hiding Place in Beijing in 1979.

Prior to the establishment of the Hong Kong office, Billy Graham in 1956 had come to Hong Kong for a BGEA crusade. He returned in 1975 for another crusade, held at the Government Stadium and South China Football Stadium on Victoria Island. The Hong Kong office did preliminary work in setting up an ad hoc committee for the crusade. The local crusade committee, when established, assumed all responsibilities for the crusade and the office then worked in a cooperative capacity with the committee, assuming responsibility as requested by the committee for such things as distribution of Decision at the crusade.

Teng continued as editor of Decision until 1979, when, due to other activities, he turned his responsibilities over to an editorial committee headed by Paul Yung. Teng retained an honorary editor's position and later became Editor Emeritus.

In 1981, continuing a trend of transferring responsibility for the work to the Chinese, Jones passed on administrative duties to a local committee, coordinated by Yung. Ken McVety, office manager of the BGEA Tokyo office, then served as the liaison with the international headquarters in Minneapolis and oversaw the work of the Hong Kong office.

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Biography

V. Samuel Jones was born in 1929 in Kerala, India, and had his first contact with the BGEA while studying in the United States in 1959, when he worked in the supply room and mailing department for the Association. In 1969, he began working as assistant to Akbar Abdul-Haqq, making advance preparations for Abdul-Haqq's meetings. In late 1972, he was appointed Director of the Hong Kong office, in which capacity he oversaw the development of the Chinese edition of Decision and coordination of other BGEA programs. In 1981, Jones handed responsibility for the office over to a local committee of Chinese, coordinated by Paul Yung.


Scope and Content

The materials in this collection, while somewhat sparse, outline the functions of the Hong Kong office, including the publication of Decision, distribution of films and books, and operation of the office. The collection consists of correspondence, promotional materials, editorial guidelines, tracts, guest books, incorporation articles, stationery, official seals, a photograph, audio tapes, and a scrapbook, all created during Jones' administration.

A number of the files were identified as samples by the Hong Kong office, and most items in the collection serve more as illustrations of the material created by the office than a comprehensive record of its activity. However, a number of items are particularly noteworthy. Folder 1-4 contains documents outlining the editorial guidelines for the Chinese edition of Decision as well as a document which prescribes the topical makeup for the magazine.

The most substantial files are those covering Jones' communication with correspondents in Malaysia and the Philippines (folders 1-10 and 1-11), dealing with his attempts to set up a network for Decision distribution.

Arrangements for Roy Gustafson's visit to Bangkok, Thailand, in 1978 are discussed in correspondence in folder 1-1.

Folder 1-21 contains material on the Hong Kong showing of The Hiding Place, including reviews from the Hong Kong press on the film.

Folder 1-9 contains copies of a tract, Dear China Friend, which was handcarried into China.

Finally, folder 2-1 consists of a scrapbook of Hong Kong newspaper clippings compiled by the BGEA office from 1973 to 1976 on a variety of subjects. These include the following: BGEA ministries, particularly the 1975 Billy Graham Hong Kong Crusade; American foreign policy; Asian events, especially in China; Asian refugees; religion; and Hong Kong churches.

Note on Organization: The arrangement of the materials in this collection was provided by the archivist, as were the folder titles. Items have been arranged alphabetically by department, and then alphabetically by type of document. Folder 2-1 containing the scrapbook was excluded from this order because of its size.

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Provenance

The materials for this collection were received by the Center in September 1981, and June and September 1982 from the Hong Kong office of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Accession 81-91, 82-89, 82-136
August 22, 1984
Paul A. Ericksen
J. Nasgowitz


LOCATION RECORD
Accession 82-89
Type of material: Artifacts
The following items have been given to the CENTER MUSEUM:

KEY CHAINS. Four (4) Hour of Decision Scripture key chains. Brass cover in the shape of a Bible; contains small paper cards on which are printed Bible verses in English and Chinese on reverse sides; n.d.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 82-89, 82-136
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE

T1 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of BGEA Hong Kong Crusade, November 12, 1975. Includes a Chinese introduction with the entire meeting conducted using translators. Singers: Perlita Lim; George Beverly Shea, singing one verse in Chinese. Text: Acts 9:1-7. Message: "Who Are Thou, Lord?"

T2 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of BGEA Hong Kong Crusade, November 13, 1975. Includes a Chinese introduction with the entire meeting conducted using translators. Singers: Perlita Lim; George Beverly Shea, singing one verse in Chinese. Message: "What Does It Cost Not to Follow Christ?"

T3 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of BGEA Hong Kong Crusade, November 14, 1975. Includes Chinese introduction, with entire meeting conducted using translators. Singers: Barbara Fay; George Beverly Shea, singing partly in Chinese. Test: Exodus 3:13-14. Message: "Seven Things of Which Jesus Said 'I Am.'"

T4 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of BGEA Hong Kong Crusade, November 15, 1975. Includes Chinese introduction with entire meeting conducted using translators. Singers: Barbara Fay; George Beverly Shea, singing partly in Chinese. Text: Mark 10:17-22. Message: "The Rich Young Ruler."

T5 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 55 minutes. One side. Recording of BGEA Hong Kong Crusade, November 16, 1975. Includes Chinese introduction with entire meeting conducted using translators. Singers: ? and George Beverly Shea, singing partially in Chinese. Text: Matthew 11:28-30. Message: "The University of Life."

T6 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 40 minutes. One side. Recording of dedication service of BGEA Singapore Crusade, December 5, 1978, with entire meeting conducted with a Chinese translator. Text: Psalm 23. Message: "The Human Race's Three Greatest Problems."

T7 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of opening night of BGEA Singapore Crusade, December 6, 1978, with Chinese translation. Singers: Myrtle Hall; George Beverly Shea, singing in Chinese. Text: John 3. Message: "Have You Been Born Again?"

T8 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of youth night of BGEA Singapore Crusade, December 7, 1978, with Chinese translation. Singers: George Beverly Shea, Myrtle Hall. Text: Mark 10:17-22. Message: "The Rich Young Ruler."

T9 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of BgeA Singapore Crusade, December 8, 1978, with Chinese translation. Singers: Myrtle Hall, George Beverly Shea. Text: Romans 1:28-2:2. Message: ?

T10 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of Youth Night #2 of the BGEA Singapore Crusade, December 9, 1978, with Chinese translation. Singers: Myrtle Hall; George Beverly Shea, singing part of the chorus in Chinese. Text: Luke 15:11-24. Message: "The Story of the Loving Father."

T11 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recording of closing night of the BGEA Singapore Crusade, December 10, 1978, with Chinese translation. Singers: Myrtle Hall, George Beverly Shea. Text: Matthew 24:36-42, Hebrews 11:7. Message: "Noah and the Flood."

T12 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 30 minutes. One side. Recorded interspersed selections from Two A Penny and His Land. Chinese edition, in English, n.d.

T13 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 30 minutes. One side. Recorded sound track of His Land. Chinese edition, in English, n.d.

T14 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 50 minutes. One side. Recorded soundtrack of Time To Run, Chinese edition, in English, n.d.

T15 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Recorded soundtrack of Gospel Road, Chinese edition, in English, n.d.

T16 - Reel-to-reel copy of cassette, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 90 minutes. One side. Recorded discussion guide for The Hiding Place, Chinese edition, in English, n.d.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 82-89
Type of Material: Books
The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY:

Brown, Joan Winmill, ed. Day-by-Day with Billy Graham, Chinese edition (Hong Kong: World Wide Publications, 1977).

Brown, Joan Winmill, ed. Day-by-Day with Billy Graham, bilingual edition--Chinese/English (Hong Kong: World Wide Publications, 1980).

Decision (Hong Kong: World Wide Publications, 1975).

Graham, William F. My Answer, Chinese edition (Hong Kong: The Rock House, Publishers, 1973).

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 82-89
Type of material: Oversize Materials
The following items have been transferred to the CENTER MUSEUM.

BGEA Ralph Bell Manila Crusade, 1974. One color poster promoting crusade meetings, February, 1974. From Folder 1-2.

Decision magazine (Chinese edition). 8 posters: 6 full-color posters promoting the magazine, 1973, 1978, n.d.; 2 color posters promoting Time for Decision, Billy Graham's radio program in Taiwan, n.d. From folder 1-5.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 82-89
Type of Material: Periodicals
The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY:

Decision, Chinese edition
August, October-December, 1973 and January-December, 1974 (bound)
January-December, 1975
January-December, 1976
January-December, 1977
January-December, 1978 (bound)
January-December, 1979 (bound)
January-December, 1980
January-December, 1981

Decision, special bilingual edition (Chinese/Hindi). Printed in Calcutta, India, for Graham's 1977 visit there. Two (2) copies; 1977.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 82-89
Type of material: Photograph
The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

BGEA TAIPEI CRUSADE--TAIPEI, TAIWAN; OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 7, 1975 (OS). Meeting hall on opening night. 1 b&w.


CONTAINER LIST
Box Folder Folder title
1 1 Associate Evangelists: Correspondence--Roy Gustafson Meetings, Bangkok, 1978; 1977-1978
1 2 Associate Evangelists: Printed Material--Ralph Bell Manila Crusade;1974
Decision
1 3 Address lists--Philippines; n.d.
1 4 Editorial Guidelines; 1973, 1979
1 5 Promotional Material; 1975, 1979, n.d.
1 6 Sample Correspondence--Granting Permission to Reprint; 1979
1 7 Sample Correspondence--Seeking Permission to Reprint; 1981
1 8 Sample Correspondence--Subscription Complaints; 1976-1977, 1980
General Office
1 9 Dear China Friend tracts; n.d.
1 10 Correspondence--Malaysia; 1974-1982
1 11 Correspondence--Philippines; 1973-1982
1 12 Guest Book; 1976-1978
1 13 Guest Book; 1978-1982
1 14 Guest Book; 1973-1975
1 15 Incorporation Articles; 1973
1 16 Official Seals; 1973-1982
1 17 Sample Correspondence--Book Promotion; 1981
1 18 Sample Correspondence--Criticism of Billy Graham; 1975
1 19 Sample Correspondence--Donation Acknowledgement; 1979, 1982
2 1 Scrapbook; 1973-1976
1 20 Stationery; n.d.
1 21 World Wide Pictures: Arrangements, Correspondence, and Reviews--The Hiding Place; 1977



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