Day 22

DECEMBER | 2021

Myanmar

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

When a local pastor ran outside to offer help when military shelling caused a fire, soldiers shot him dead and hacked off his finger in order to steal his wedding ring. Human rights groups have documented over 20 cases of churches and Christian leaders coming under attack. Churches have been bombed, used as military bases, and pastors detained. As the Church worldwide celebrates Christmas, we pause to remember and pray for those who no longer are able to meet in churches to hold services. We declare that Jesus, Emmanuel — God with us — is our help; the Lord is the one who sustains the Church in Myanmar (The Bible, Psalm 54:4).

Source: ‘A living hell’: Churches, clergy targeted by Myanmar military (Al Jazeera)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

In 2015, the first openly contested elections were held since 1990, favoring its first non-military president since the military coup of 1962. Aung San Suu Kyi’s democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination, and again won a landslide victory in the January 2021 elections. The victory was short-lived when a military coup led by the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, in February 2021 overthrew the government and thrust the nation into a chaos of protests and violence which has increasingly turned into a civil war.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Thein Sein
HEAD OF GOV.
President Thein Sein
POPULATION
56,320,000
CHRISTIANS
8.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
5.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
18
REFUGEES
1,186,501
LIFE EXPECTANCY
66.29 yrs
LITERACY RATE
92.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
32.7%