Christians in Myanmar are in a desperate state as the military’s grip on power brings unending conflict, disruption and fear. Please continue to lift in prayer the country and its believers.
The military’s unrelenting control in Myanmar is having a devastating impact on Christians. The physical and emotional turmoil facing many of them is putting huge pressure on pastors and resulting in some Christians turning away from faith.
The impact of the military’s seizure of power in February 2021 has been catastrophic. It’s exacerbated the country’s long-running civil war, increased displacement and crippled the economy. Fear pervades the country.
Many Christians are facing emotional turmoil due to the stress of living as displaced persons and refugees, and trauma because of the killings and fighting they have experienced and witnessed. Pastors are facing challenges shepherding believers.
“Many people in the area I am serving are experiencing trauma on a daily basis,” shares Pastor Koo*, an Open Doors local partner. “It has affected the believers, their souls and their physical bodies such that many believers are discouraged and frustrated. They are in need of counselling.”
“Many people in the area I am serving are experiencing trauma on a daily basis”PASTOR KOO
“There are lots of displaced persons and refugees; some of them do not want to share anything, they are so closed off emotionally it is hard to reach them, and some are sick because of this, and it is difficult to help them,” adds Sister Meii*, a local partner who is helping displaced believers.
“For us, as Christians, we are relieved by God’s Word when we feel burdened, and I have hope in God’s Word and promises. But for some Christians and Buddhists, they don’t care for their lives anymore and they have resorted to drinking and getting drunk. Some Christians have given up on their faith, while some Buddhists seek the Christian God. Our brothers and sisters need our help.”
Open Doors local partners recently ran counselling training for leaders, equipping them with the basic skills to provide pastoral care for believers. It’s one of several ways your gifts and prayers are enabling partners to help our family in Myanmar. Other support includes emergency relief aid and persecution survival training.
*Names changed for security reasons
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