Missions: Myanmar




REACHING THE NATIONS FOR CHRIST

"How shall they call upon Him in whom that have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of Peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!’”  - Romans 10:14-15

                                                                                                                                                                                           


~ M Y A N M A R ~

Myanmar is an extraordinary land that boasts gilded pagodas and rich traditional Asian culture. Sadly, decades of rampant ethnic strife have led to ongoing human rights violations, widespread poverty, and one of the longest running civil wars in the world.

Myanmar is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. 

British rule following three Anglo-Burmese Wars (1824–1885) brought social, economic, cultural and administrative changes to the once-feudal society. Since independence in 1948, the country has been in one of the longest running civil wars that remains unresolved. From 1962 to 2011, the country was under military rule.  From 2012 until January 2021, the country was under a civilian government. 


Since February 1, 2021 the country is once again under military rule.  After the military coup began with the arrest of civilian government officials, there have been hundreds of people who have died at the hands of the country's military and police state, and hundreds more arrested.  
The military has also changed Myanmar’s penal code, giving them the ability to arrest people without warrants and throw people in prison for 20 years if it’s found they are acting against the State.

The political and economic situation as “very unstable and volatile right now.”

With the growing violence, Christian believers continue to be caught in between the military and civic protesters. 

Because Myanmar’s military supports Buddhism as the one and only religion in the country, Christians in the country are targeted for persecution. Weeks after the coup, Buddhist hardliner group Ma Ba Tha expressed its support for the military government.

Click Here to view: Myanmar Country Report


MISSION OUTREACH:
  • Pastor Roger Maung - Myanmar (Whitestone Ministries of Myanmar)
PRAYER UPDATE: 
Myanmar is still under the control of the army since early February when the illegal coup took place. 

The country is still living in fear of security forces, as the brutality continues.  Protests, and armed militias have risen up throughout Myanmar, and the fighting is escalating.  Gun shots continue to be fired at demonstrators along with brutal beatings and arrests. 

There doesn't seem to be any end in sight to this tragic violence.  


HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN MYANMAR?
  • Pray for Myanmar and the believers there: As instability continues in Myanmar, so does our need to pray!
  • Pray for Pastor Roger and his family.
  • Pray that our brothers and sisters trust God to be their strength and shield.
  • Pray for the Lord's protection, and that they trust our Heavenly Father will meet their daily provisions.
  • Pray for the Lord His wisdom in these difficult times.
  • Pray for peace to prevail and reconciliation between the military and the insurgent groups.
  • Pray with grieving families who have lost loved ones in the protests.
  • Pray with churches and their leaders in Myanmar as they navigate the challenges and continue to pray. Ask God to remind them of His power and His omniscience.
  • Pray specifically for internally displaced persons who are facing extremely difficult times.
  • Pray for the political situation. Pray for the safety of leaders, and all who have been arrested and detained.
  • Pray for Christian believers to be strong, calm, wise and careful.
  • The military has complete control over the banks making it impossible for citizens to access their money.  Pray that these banks are opened up.
                                                                              

Update from Pastor Roger:

Civil War is now on a nationwide level. Military dictators are shooting, killing and destroying even the public areas such as Church buildings and IDP Camps where the children, women and aged citizens take refuge. Military dictators DO NOT allow for rescue of any kind, and deny Red Cross workers. The refugees will die without food and support from the outside. No food transportations are allowed. We are in the rainy season in Myanmar now, and the refugees are totally suffering as in lake of hell-fire.

The daily killing continues to grow. Military dictators are blindly killing everything they see. They are killing even children, aged people, mad people and people staying in homes. We have no other words to explain these horrific events by these terrorist dictators.

We are in the third wave of the Covid pandemic, but we are more afraid of the military dictators than the Covid pandemic. No one in Myanmar is interested in how to prevent the Covid virus, because people are daily running and hiding in the jungles to save their lives.





                                                                                                        

Pastor Roger's ministry is located in Yangon. Their church name is Bible-believing Church - Whitestone Myanmar which began in 2002 as an Independent church.  There are more than 100 home-churches and more than 300 believers under his leadership.  Members are poor and underprivileged.  

Pastor Roger also works with the 
Multi Churches Fellowship (Myanmar Christian Missionary Fellowship) which was founded on March 23, 1990. Myanmar CMF is nondenominational. 

The video below provides a brief look at the conditions and ministry in Myanmar.


*Turn off Background Music Before You Watch! (Player located top, right column.)


How Can We Help?

PRAY!  Your prayers are urgently needed. Many times we feel desperate in the face of difficulties, desperate for relief, and for God's intervention.   Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in these difficult times.  We know that God will make a way when there is no other way.  

As we pray for the Lord to provide for their physical needs, it is also important to remember that when Jesus was praying for others, He prayed for their faith (Luke 22:32), He prayed against temptation in their lives (Luke 22:40), He prayed for their unity (John 17:11), and He prayed for their sanctification (John 17:17). Paul prayed for the salvation of the lost (Romans 10:1); he prayed that the brothers would stay on the right path (2 Corinthians 13:7); he prayed that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit, rooted and grounded in love, able to comprehend God’s love, and filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14–19). These are all prayers for spiritual blessings; they are all “in Jesus’ name” and according to the Father’s will—prayers that are guaranteed to find a “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18). We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20), and we are to pray for the persecuted church (Hebrews 13:3). 

More About Persecution In Myanmar:

Pressure on Christians has continued to increase and converts face strong pressure from their family and community. Rebel groups are active in Wa State, and many churches have been forcibly closed. Buddhist extremists maintain that to be Burmese—the majority ethnic group in Myanmar—is to be Buddhist, so there is intense pressure on all religious minorities, including Christians. The army also maintains tight control over the government in Myanmar, restricting and minimizing the rights of Christians.

Communities that aim to remain “Buddhist only” make life for Christian families impossible by not allowing them to use community water resources. Some church groups experience opposition, too, especially in rural areas, or if they are known for proselytizing. Christians often meet in homes or business places; otherwise, they risk losing their land and churches that could be forcibly taken. Children of Christians can also face discrimination from teachers and bullying by other children. The government tries to act against radical Buddhist monks, but sends mixed signals. In the past year, it became even clearer that radical monks enjoy the support of the army.

More About How Christians Are Suffering:

In predominantly Christian states like Chin State, Kachin State, Karen State or in Northern Shan, even well-established historical churches are being attacked. Fighting increased in 2018, adding thousands more to the IDP camps (Internally Displaced People) that are already ill-equipped to provide for the huge numbers of people. Due to intense fighting in Kachin and Shan State, more than 100,000 Christians have been forced to flee their homes and are living in camps where they have been denied access to food and healthcare because they are not Buddhists.  (There are 
3 IDP Camps in Paletwa township and one in Yangon with more than 4,000 refugees. Most are Christians, and some have been converted through Pastor Roger's ministry.)

In daily life, converts are persecuted by their Buddhist, Muslim or tribal families and communities. Christians in rural areas additionally suffer from the brutal and almost forgotten long-term war the Burmese army is fighting against insurgency groups, especially in the north, in the 
the West in Rakhine State and Paletwa township in Southern Chin State.  (Paletwa township is a native township of Pastor Roger's and where most of his Church members and ministries are still badly suffering under civil wars between government (Bamar) Army and Arakan (Rakhine) Army since 2015.)






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