Day 22

DECEMBER | 2022

Myanmar

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, urged the Myanmar military government to immediately return to democracy. The military coup turned civil war has been escalating, causing concern for the whole region. So far all attempts at diplomatic negotiations have not resulted in any fruitful change. Meanwhile civilians suffer and violence continues. Declare that Jesus Christ was born into our world to mediate peace and reconciliation between us, the human race, and God. Praise God that this is also true for people in Myanmar and pray that many will come to understand this gift from God is free for them too (The Bible, Ephesians 2:14).

Source: UN’s Guterres urges Myanmar military gov’t to return to democracy (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 descended the nation into the chaos of protests and violence which has turned into an ongoing civil war. The impact of COVID-19 has been extremely severe. Religious violence has been a long-running crisis faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority group who have spilled across the border into Bangladesh, and Christian minority groups who are largely internally displaced. Some of the Christian minority groups experience widespread false teaching, and cults have found fertile ground.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Myint Swe (acting)
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Min Aung Hlaing
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%