Myanmar, also called Burma, takes up a landmass the size of Texas, yet has twice the population, with 54 million residents. A beautiful country with a majority Buddhist population, Myanmar is rich with history, architecture, precious gems, incredible landscapes, and diverse culture. The country has a long history of foreign colonization and local military rule. After being under a military junta since 1962, a gradual liberalization began in 2010, leading to free elections in 2015 and the installation of a government led by veteran opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the following year. This led to an opening of the country, leading to an active tourism industry. Since then, an army operation and genocide against Muslim Rohingyas highlighted the continuing grip of military rule in Myanmar. On February 1st, 2021 the military staged a coup, claiming election fraud as their reason to declare a state of emergency and arrest Aung San Suu Kyi, while giving no evidence of the fraud.
Now under the Military Junta again for the foreseeable future, Myanmar and the pastors and missionaries we come alongside there are walking into a completely new and extremely difficult era. We ask for your prayers for comfort, wisdom, and strength for the men and women we partner with and serve, and their fellow citizens. Now more than ever, we will continue to stand beside these brothers and sisters in their work of sharing the love of Christ.
With a growing network of missionaries throughout the country, 26 of whom receive regular monthly support, Harvest Bridge comes alongside pastor training, child protection and education, women’s empowerment, economic development, printing and distribution of theological materials, and disaster relief. In 2020, about 3,675 men, women, and children – received several weeks’ worth of life-saving food supplies in the face of a hunger crisis precipitated by COVID-19 lockdowns. 51 children received monthly sponsorship. Nine women received micro-grants to invest in or continue their small businesses. Pastors and missionaries received 11 motorbikes and 15 bicycles to aid in their ministries. Over 120 men and women began following Jesus this past year, and 71 were baptized.
Population: 54 million
Religion: Buddhist 87.9%, Muslim 4.3%, Christian 6.2%, Other 1.6%
Persecution Watch List Country Ranking: 18
Leadership Information: Our Myanmar leaders oversee church planting teams in five regions of the country, including areas affected by long-running civil war. In addition to planting dozens of churches among unreached people groups, they have established two children’s homes and an organization that advances the well-being of tribal people.
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