Founder of the St Stephen's Society
Jackie Pullinger MBE is the founder of the St Stephen’s Society in Hong Kong, where she has been living and ministering since 1966. Upon arriving in the city she found work as a primary school teacher in the Kowloon Walled City, which in the 1960s was not policed and consequently had become one of the world’s largest opium-producing centres run by Chinese criminal triad gangs. She established a youth club to help drug addicts and street sleepers, and over many years grew it into a major justice-based ministry working with drug addicts and gang leaders. St Stephen's Society provides rehabilitation homes for recovering drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang members. The charity's work has been recognized by the Hong Kong government which donated land for their rehabilitation homes. The intervention process that the drug addicts go through is very intensive. Instead of giving them medication they are put into a room for 10 days, and prayed over and cared for by a group of ex-addicts. The early years of Jackie's Hong Kong ministry are chronicled in the book Chasing the Dragon.