Hit first by COVID-19 and then a bloody coup that has brought ongoing violence, local missionaries in Burma (Myanmar) are bringing light to unprecedented depths of darkness.
With some civilians dressed as soldiers and some soldiers dressed as civilians, it is often impossible to know who is responsible for ongoing acts of terrorism, the leader of a native ministry said.
“The situation is very bad – we are in a battlefield, every day there is killing,” he said.
“We have bombs exploding everywhere. It is very risky to go outside. If it is not necessary, we dare not go out.”
Since the military took over the country on Feb. 1, most workers stay inside, fearing for their lives. The hunger that nearly a year of COVID-19 lockdowns brought grew more acute as indiscriminate killings left people even more isolated, and local missionaries and those they were serving would not have survived without support from Christian Aid Mission donors.
“After this coup, everybody is frightened, so we pray – I think everybody is praying more than before,” the ministry leader said. “Because everybody has no work, no job, no office, nothing, it encourages us to love each other. We are more united, so we share things with our church members. In our church, when someone doesn’t have food, we call each other and we share with each other. We show Christian love more.”
More local missionaries surviving the deadly combination of COVID-19 and the coup allows them to help others. Some are able to provide food and other aid; many others share the Gospel.
“In one state one of our Bible school graduates is doing a very good job,” the leader said. “It is a very remote area, and it is not easy to get to, even by bicycle or motorbike, in the rainy season. But we can reach it in the summer.”
Other local missionaries have reached out to an ethnic group that traditionally has been in conflict with their own tribe, he added.
“They were able to reach many people,” the leader said. “The rest of those spreading the Gospel are mostly in towns and cities. There are some pastors who are always on Facebook, always preaching.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for protection from the pandemic and persecution, and that the Lord would call more people to Christ.
- Consider giving through Christian Aid Mission to help local missionaries in Burma survive, so that they in turn can help keep others from perishing physically and spiritually.