Months of protests in Hong Kong are continuing, and many Christians involved are choosing to fight spiritually rather than on the streets.
Protestors are fighting for a list of 'five demands' to improve their democracy in the Chinese special administrative region.
"When there's demonstrations going on, the best thing to do is just stay home," says Christian student Karen Chu, reports Premiere.
Chu has not participated in the protests, but living in Hong Kong she has seen much of what has happened. Recent escalation in the protests, she says, have resulted in fewer people of faith participating actively.
"At the beginning there are quite a lot of Christians that were going out and singing the song 'Sing Hallelujah to the Lord', or otherwise participating, but recently they got a lot more violent and so most of the Christians I know have not been going out and doing those things," says Chu.
"I do know some people that have escalated their actions as these protests escalate, but I think most Christians decided that this has gone too violent and illegal and they don't want to take part too much in it."
Chu shared that instead of protesting themselves, Christians in Kong Kong frequently gather for prayer meetings, with several different churches calling for fasting and extra times of prayer for the region.
"To be honest, I personally feel quite fed-up with the demonstrations. I understand that people are frustrated, but honestly I just want to see things go back to normal, even though normal isn't that great either," says Chu.
Prayer, she says, will play an important part in these protests. "I feel like there's a lot of fear and anger and hatred going on and I guess just pray for peace and pray for more understanding because I personally think that I judge these people quite a lot...and pray for the police because their jobs are hard and people hate them."
C3 Church Hong Kong Director Ming Lai Cheung says that political systems cannot truly fulfill those who are protesting.
"We're praying that people will fix their eyes upon Christ. What we are seeing is that many people are putting their heart in government, in money or in different political systems but we really, truly believe that only one person can give people hope and that's Jesus Christ. So, what we're doing a lot is to pray for the city, we pray for the people, we pray for the leaders to have wisdom, we pray for people who are in authority and we also pray that God will come and help us."
Cheung's church has been impacted by the unrest in Hong Kong, having to cancel services on October 6, 2019 due to trains being affected by the protests.
Every Nation Church turned to online broadcasting of its services recently because protests have made commuting to services difficult for many members of their congregation. Lifehouse Hong Kong, another affected church, has asked those attending services to make alternate travel arrangements due to train station closures.
"We believe in praying in Scripture," says Cheung. "So, we pray for the government and we pray for those who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives, marked with godliness and dignity."
When praying for those in Hong Kong, Cheung advised praying the words of 1 Timothy 2:1-6, which highlight submission to authority.