WORLD WATCH LIST

Myanmar

#12

Buddhist extremists attack churches and build Buddhist shrines inside.

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"Jesus said, ‘Carry your cross and follow me.’ That is our motto too.”

– Moses, a pastor from Myanmar

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Religious Nationalism
Population
55,269,000
Christian population
4,409,000
Religions
Buddhism
Leader
General Min Aung Hlaing
Score
79
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Those who convert to Christianity in Myanmar find themselves persecuted by their Buddhist, Muslim, or tribal families and communities because they have left their former faith. Communities who aim to stay “Buddhist only” make life for Christian families impossible by not allowing them to use neighbourhood water resources.

Non-traditional church groups also experience opposition, especially when they are located in the country’s rural areas or are known for evangelising.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

After the military coup in February 2021, fighting has continued in predominantly Christian states. Churches have been destroyed, Christians killed in Chin State (another majority-Christian region), and churches and pastors have been targeted.

More Christians than ever have been driven out to live in camps for displaced people, where they are often deprived of access to food and health care because of their faith.

PRAY FOR MYANMAR

– Pray for courage for those who have left Buddhism to follow Jesus.

– Pray for opportunities for Christians to gather as a church and disciple one another.

– Pray the church will be a source of hope and peace in the turmoil of Myanmar’s civil war.

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