This post was written by Jeremy Slough who is a blogger for Thirteen Three.
I recently had the privilege of travelling to Thailand with eight people from my church.
From jolting rides in the back tray of a rusty ute holding on for dear life, to sleeping in 35 degree heat in a pool of sweat, to cooling off in a muddy waterhole with majestic mountain views, the experiences we had were unforgettable.
It certainly wasn’t a holiday. We were there to serve at a children’s home in northern Thailand. This home gives life and hope to approximately 70 children. The staff work tirelessly to provide for these children.
We met one little girl who touched everyone’s heart in the short time we were there. This girl was the child of refugees who had fled from Thailand’s oppressive neighbour, Myanmar. Her parents are currently in prison and she is being looked after by the team at the children’s home.
Persecution in Myanmar (Burma)
While there is religious freedom in Thailand, Christians are facing harsh persecution in Myanmar. Both countries are predominantly Buddhist, but in Myanmar if you are not a Buddhist then you are denied employment opportunities. Forced conversions to Buddhism occur regularly.
Evangelism is banned in the Myanmar, and many Burmese people have fled the country after being attacked for practicing Christianity “illegally”. The government still controls religious and spiritual freedom in Myanmar.
The current government has promised change and refugees have been encouraged to return home. But Burmese Christian refugees are hesitant to return as it is likely they will still face severe persecution.
Pray for Myanmar
In this dangerous landscape, true believers are rising up. Christians are marching into battle covered in the armour of the Lord. They need our prayers and support.
Christians in Myanmar are asking for prayer as they preach the Gospel and reach out to the unreached people groups. God is at work in Myanmar, and I praise Him that His children there are willing to count the cost for following Him. May we also do the same.
Please pray for Christians in Myanmar who are facing harsh persecution from the government.