Unprecedented opportunities after a long, harsh dictatorship
Ministry in Myanmar
The majority of Myanmar's Christian population is from the Karen tribe, one of Myanmar's largest ethnic minorities. For over 70 years, the Karen tribe’s battle for an autonomous homeland has resulted in brutal retaliation from Myanmar's highly repressive authoritarian military regime – primarily from the Myanmar Army, which marches against the Karen tribe under the pretext of stamping out rebel activity.
According to the book Operation World, the military seeks to eradicate Christianity, which it has called the “C-virus”. The Army’s attacks have resulted in torture, rape, enslavement, and severe loss of life and property. Tens of thousands of Karen refugees now huddle on the border between Thailand and Myanmar, seeking asylum from these terrible attacks.
Though Myanmar has no official state religion, the government shows preference for Buddhism. The constitution alleges to provide Freedom of Religion for all religions, but Christianity in particular suffers greatly at the hands of the Myanmar Army.
Will you support the persecuted church in Myanmar?
Bible League Canada is committed to placing Bibles into the hands of Christians who are persecuted for their faith in Myanmar but this is not possible without prayerful and financial support. With your help, Bible League Canada will partner with frontline workers who will deliver the proposed Bibles to refugee camps. Bibles are extremely rare, so for most of the Karen people, these Bibles will be the first they have ever held, let alone kept for themselves.
With your help, these previous people will hear the name of Jesus - many for the very first time.
Myanmar is located in South East Asia and is sandwiched between the two most populous nations in the world: China and India. Myanmar is also bordered in the east by Laos and Thailand, in the south by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, and in the west by Bangladesh (which is five times smaller in size with a population three times larger than Myanmar).
Population: 56.3 million
Human Development Index: 150th (out of 187 countries)
Life expectancy: 65.2 years
Religion: 89% Buddhist, 4% Christian, 5% Muslim, 2% other