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Please continue to pray for the Khumi people.
Photo: Wikipedia / M. Sangma

Political and religious conflicts are widespread in Burma (also known as Myanmar). The difficulties facing the Muslim Rohingya people have resulted in cries around the world for help and protection. However, there are also lesser-known groups suffering from the atrocities, such as the Chin people who are predominantly Christian. (For more information on the difficulties encountered by Christians in Burma, go to this page.)

In 2018, the United Nations declared that Chin refugees would no longer be eligible for protection since the situation in the state had stabilized. Despite such pronouncements, the situation remains shaky. In February, a rebel group known as the Arakan Army detained 52 ethnic Khumi villagers in western Chin State during a conflict with government troops near the predominantly Christian village of Kintalin.

Over the months, the rebels repeatedly denied they were holding these Khumi people captive. However, on August 1st, it was announced that the villagers were being released to an internally displaced persons camp in Meezar. Pastor Moses has confirmed their safe arrival at the camp where they will be staying at this present time.

Ask God to minister greatly needed healing and strength to each of the released Khumi villagers. In addition, pray for the many other refugees who are unable to return to their homes because of the country's volatile situation. May they receive necessary safety and provision while residing at camps in Burma and surrounding countries. Pray that the witness of Christians in these areas will serve as a bright beacon of God's light and hope to people representing all sides of the conflict, further reflecting the peace that can only be found in Christ.

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VOMC partners with a seminary in Myanmar which is committed to teaching foundational Biblical truths and practical ministry opportunities to ensuring that students are well-equipped and prepared for Christian ministry.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
57,069,099 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Burman (68), Shan (9), Karen (7), Rakhine (4), Chinese (3), Indian (2), Mon (2), Other (5)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (87.9), Christianity (6.2), Islam (4.3), other (1.6)

Leader
Prime Minister Min Aund Hlaing (August 2021) - self-appointed

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Burma

Pray that the newly elected civilian government will respect the religious freedoms of all its citizens – including the followers of Jesus. Ask God to prove Himself victorious over the longstanding abuses in Burma, and to demonstrate His transforming power by bringing many more to salvation. May He bless and multiply the evangelistic efforts of the seminary students and graduates, granting them divine appointments with people who are silently yearning for the truth of the Gospel.

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