Myanmar is currently in a period of crisis and conflict. On 1 February 2021, the military seized control and declared a year-long state of emergency. The country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and members of her party are now under house arrest.
As a result, all ethnic and religious minorities, as well as people who speak out, are in danger. The country is home to more than 1.7 million Baptists, one of the largest Baptist communities in the world.
One Baptist leader in Myanmar wrote, ‘With guns in hand the military has ruled with an iron grip, arresting and destroying many lives. The whole country is mourning in grief but this time the people did not come out to protest in the streets knowing many would be shot and killed.’
There have been a social media blackout alongside blackouts of certain news channels (e.g. CNN and BBC). There are also reports that healthcare workers have been told any protest would result in their immediate arrest.
‘Our people have lived under military dictatorship for more than 60 years, and the thought of our children and grandchildren having to go through this life cycle again is a dreadful thought,’ said another Baptist leader. ‘We have no guns but a God that protects us. Even though we walk through the darkest valley, we will fear no evil.’
At this crucial time, we invite you to stand together with the global Baptist family in supporting the people of Myanmar as part of a Global Solidarity Weekend on 1–2 May.
We are pleased to share this prayer resource produced by leaders from the Burmese, Karen and Kachin Baptist communities here in Australia to help you pray.
This short video has been produced in South Australia with the pastor of the Adelaide Chin Christian Church.
There are some further resources including a video on the Baptist World Alliance page for Myanmar.
We are continuing to work together with the Baptist leaders here in Australia and in the region and will provide further prayer, advocacy and response resources here as they are available.