Jessica Ho

COUNTRY: Tanzania
FOCUS: Education

Jessica Ho grew up in Hong Kong. After serving in Tanzania with Maryknoll Lay Missioners she returned to Hong Kong fired about mission. She shared her experiences with many people and began to attract some young people who felt called to mission. She began to set up a Lay Mission organization with the help of some religious men and women as well as lay people. Finally in 1988 the Hong Kong Catholic Lay Missionary Association (HKCLMA) was established. She began to prepare herself to serve the church and this new organization better. She studied Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction in the United States. She became the chairperson of HKCLAM upon return to Hong Kong. In the past 30 years, she has served in the Executive Committee of HKCLMA, assuming the Mission formation of the Lay candidates to become missionaries.

Jessica joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1982, after orientation she was sent to Africa. She served in Tanzania for three and a half years. She worked in parish, teaching children catechism and handicraft. She left in 1985.

The HKCLMA remembers: “A few years ago, Jessica recalled how she became a lay missionary and the setting up of HKCLMA. She said, “I had a dream. I saw many brothers and sisters in other places suffered. They were people of different ethnicities and color. However, in the dream they were my relatives. This dream developed. Following the guidance of God, together with a group of lay people, priests and nuns of similar vision, as well as the blessing of Cardinal Wu Cheng Chung, HKCLMA, the first and only lay overseas evangelization organization in HK was established. 13 sisters were called and sent to Zimbawe, Kenya, Mauritius, Cambodia, Northern Thailand and India to sow seeds and to bear witnesses of God’s love.” Last year, the first couple of Lay Missioners were sent to mission from HKCLMA.

In the face of various struggles, Jessica pointed out, “Although our strength is small, we have the powerful and almighty God as our support and backup. What should we worry of? God would take care of us.”

Jessica has returned to her home in heaven on October 10, 2017 but her spirit is still in mission. Before she left us, she said, “My mission is accomplished, what remains will be continued by you all.”