- Leader: President Htin Kyaw
- Population: 54.8 million (4.4 million Christians)
- Main Religion: Buddhism
- Government: Unitary constitutional republic
- World Watch List Rank: 28
- Source of Persecution: Religious nationalism
Despite hopes that Myanmar's new government would bring increased religious freedoms, attempts to build trust between the Burmese army, insurgents and minority groups, including Christians, have so far met with little success.
Buddhism is weaved into Myanmar's culture, and conversion to Christianity is seen as a betrayal of the family, community - even the country. Churches are monitored and church leaders targeted by radical Buddhists in order to paralyse the church. Local communities put extreme pressure on believers from Buddhist and Muslim backgrounds to reconvert.
- That persecuted Christian minorities would lovingly minister to other persecuted minorities, like the Rohingya Muslims
- That Christian converts from Islam or Buddhism would have the courage to endure pressure from their families, friends and neighbours to recant their faith
- For Open Doors partners supporting believers through literature distribution, discipleship programmes, pastoral and leadership training, and livelihood support.
KEEP HOPE ALIVE. PRAY. GIVE. SPEAK OUT.
How we help
Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through:
- Literature distribution
- Discipleship programmes
- Pastoral and leadership training
- Livelihood support.