Jackie Pullinger

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Jackie Pullinger
Born1944 (age 73–74)
Croydon, London, England[1]
CitizenshipHong Kong
EducationRoyal College of Music, London
OccupationChristian missionary
OrganizationSt Stephen's Society
Known forRehabilitation program for drug addicts
Notable workChasing the Dragon
Crack in the Wall
Home townLondon
TelevisionThe Law of Love
Spouse(s)John To (married 1992-1999; his death)
AwardsMBE (1988)
Honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences (HKU)

Jacqueline Bryony Lucy ‘Jackie’ Pullinger, MBE[2] (born 1944) is a British Protestant Christian charismatic missionary to Hong Kong and founder of the St Stephen's Society. She has been ministering in Hong Kong since 1966. The early years of her Hong Kong ministry are chronicled in the book Chasing the Dragon (1980).


Pullinger graduated from the Royal College of Music in London having specialized in the oboe. At the age of 22 she wanted to be a missionary, so she wrote to various missionary organizations. Unable to find support from missionary organizations, she then sought advice from Richard Thomson, a minister in Shoreditch, who told her that she should buy a ticket for a boat going as far as she could get and to pray to know when to get off the boat. At first she wanted to go to Africa, but then she had a dream that impressed upon her the idea of going to Hong Kong.[3]:28 She followed the vicar's advice and went to Hong Kong by boat in 1966. However, when she arrived she knew no one there and had only $10 on hand.[3]:22 The only reason the immigration officers allowed her in was because her mother's godson was a police officer there.[3]:33 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. Jackie got to know some of the gang members and leaders, despite the danger, and helped them to find that Jesus can give a purpose and reason for living with out having to use drugs. [4] Later she established a youth center that helped the drug addicts and street sleepers inside the walled city.

St Stephen's Society[edit]

In 1981, she started a charity called the St Stephen's Society which provided rehabilitation homes for recovering drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang members. By December 2007 it housed 200 people.[5] The charity's work was recognized by the Hong Kong government who donated the land for the rehabilitation homes.[3] Instead of giving them medications they live in a family environment and are helped to withdraw from drugs with prayer and support.

Published works[edit]

  • Jackie Pullinger; Andrew Quicke (1 Sep 1980). Chasing the Dragon. Hodder & Stoughton Religious. ISBN 978-0-340-25760-9.
  • Jackie Pullinger; Nick Danziger (1 May 1989). Crack in the Wall. Hodder & Stoughton Religious. ISBN 978-0-340-49067-9.


  1. ^ Pullinger, Jackie (1980). Chasing the Dragon. London: Hodder. p. 16. ISBN 9-780340-908808.
  2. ^ "No. 51365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1988. p. B18.
  3. ^ a b c d Jackie Pullinger; Andrew Quickie (1 Sep 1980). Chasing the Dragon. Hodder & Stoughton Religious. ISBN 978-0-340-25760-9.
  4. ^ Booth, Martin pp. 99-100
  5. ^ Baynham, Jacob Hong Kong missionary uses intensive prayer to help heroin addicts San Francisco Chronicle. 17 December 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2008

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