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18 Myanmar

WHO IS THE LEADER OF MYANMAR?

President U Win Myint is the leader of Myanmar.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN MYANMAR?

4.3 million Christians live in Myanmar – they make up just over eight per cent of the total population of 53.9 million. The majority of the population are Buddhists.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN MYANMAR?

Anyone deviating from the Buddhist heritage of Myanmar is regarded as an outsider and potentially dangerous. The radical Buddhist movement Ma Ba Tha continues to ‘protect’ Buddhism as the country's national religion. Leaving the faith of your tribe is seen as a betrayal, and can lead to social isolation or house arrest. Areas with a high percentage of Christians are deliberately disadvantaged through poor infrastructure and health care.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN MYANMAR?

Over 100,000 Christians have been forced to flee their homes, and are living in camps where they are denied access to food and healthcare.

Churches are monitored and church leaders are targeted. Christians often meet in homes or business places because land grabbing from Christians is a problem.

Children of Christians face discrimination by teachers and bullying by other children.

 
"Thank you for your support. Your work and your prayers are not in vain. It has produced fruit in my life, and in the future it will bear more."
- Pastor Tun, who has received persecution survival training and livelihood support through Open Doors PARTNERS
 

 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN MYANMAR?

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You can give to provide vital support

Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through literature distribution, training, livelihood support, and youth and family programmes.

£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians from South East Asia in their faith.

 
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You can SPEAK OUT

Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.

 

 
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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”

A PRAYER FOR MYANMAR

Lord Jesus, we lift our church family in Myanmar to You. Please protect and provide for all believers who are displaced. Refresh and restore the vision and futures of the young people there. Help Your church to stand firm amidst the turmoil, and bring peace to Myanmar.

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