Despite Burma’s recent transition to democracy, its government is still nominally Communist and will do anything to keep control of its people. Being Burmese is synonymous with being Buddhist, and anyone who deviates from this heritage is viewed as a potential threat. Christians face pressure from extremist Buddhist movements and from the government, which tacitly supports them. Churches are monitored, and sometimes closed. Christians are often caught in the crossfire between different ethnic groups and the army – dozens of Christians have been killed, and church buildings and homes destroyed.
- Registering a church is almost impossible. Pray for wisdom and perseverance for church leaders.
- For pastors and church workers receiving livelihood grants and skills training through Open Doors.
- For children from Christian families, who face constant disadvantages in education.