During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are praying for Burma
The Challenge for Prayer
The military junta is the primary source of persecution against minority groups, which include Christians. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom, faiths other than Buddhism face restrictions. Christians are prohibited from buying or renting properties for their activities. New believers are pressured to return to Buddhism both by their families, who see conversion as a betrayal of the country, and by Buddhist monks, who traditionally hold power in the villages. Most believers live in Chin State, and are very poor.
Answers to Prayer
The continued growth of the church amid great suffering and repression is an answer to prayer. While the majority of believers still come from certain ethnic minorities, there is an increasing response from the Buddhist majority, particularly monks. Momentum in evangelism is building as an indigenous missions movement begins to flourish.
- There has been severe famine in Chin State since 2008. Pray for pastors’ families, who sometimes have very little to eat.
- For opportunities to learn about new crops that the rats will not ravage – and other livelihood skills
- For women lay leaders and pastors’ wives, who silently submit to domestic violence.