Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong on Tues., Oct. 1. It was the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China's founding, and while a celebratory military parade took place in Beijing, at least 66 people were wounded across Hong Kong. One was injured critically when an officer fired a live round into his chest, a first in the four months in which these protests have been taking place. Many journalists have withdrawn after violence against them occurred.
God, as these protests go on, and as violence seems to be escalating, we continue to pray for peace that comes with justice. We pray especially for the church in Hong Kong, and for its witness and work at this critical time.