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Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui supports people with physical and spiritual needs

Publish Date: 13-Aug-2019

Hong Kong was rocked by social unrest in recent months triggered by the government’s proposal of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019. Apart from staging a series of marches and assemblies, some organized uncooperative movements. Violent conflicts between the police and demonstrators had been intensifying. Take 5 August, for example, police fired a total of 20 rounds of sponge bullets, 140 rubber bullets and 800 rounds of tear gas to disperse crowds taking part in the uncooperative movement in several districts. Many people feel anxious, fear and depression because of the late situation. In response, the churches, schools and social service units of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui organize projects and services to support those in need so that they can move forward.

Since 12 June, when protestors blocked the main roads to the Legislative Council Building and police fired tear gas rounds, bean bag rounds and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, St John’s Cathedral, All Saints’ Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Calvary Church, St James’ Church, Holy Spirit Church, St Philip’s Church, St Peter’s Church Castle Peak, St Barnabas’ Church, St Matthias' Church, St Joseph’s Church, the Church of St John the Baptist have organized individual prayers and Taize services to pray for the peace of Hong Kong and for its citizens, who may be troubled physically and spiritually.

As for social services, the Welfare Council has set up hotlines to provide counselling services to young people and parents who were troubled. (For youths: 3500 4430 parents: 3500 4431).

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