Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Pray these verses over the leadership and military in Myanmar, that they may turn from their wicked ways and seek peace, stability, and safety of the people. Pray that God will intervene in the ongoing atrocities that the military are perpetrating. Pray for wisdom and grace for the Christian Believers in this land, that they may powerfully share the Gospel and see much fruit (The Bible, Joel 2:13).
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.
It was a dramatic indication that the war might be coming to an end. Two years of fighting between the Tigrayans and government forces from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, supported by regional militia have taken a terrible toll. The conflict is estimated to have resulted in the deaths of 250,000 troops. An estimated 383,000 to 600,000 civilians have died. Since it erupted the Tigray War has been the scene of the bloodiest, and one of the least reported, conflicts. Journalists have been forbidden from traveling to the front lines. So, no news has come out. Pray that the peace deal brokered in November 2022 in Pretoria and Nairobi will lead to a ceasefire, aid flows and the deployment of African Union-led monitors. Pray for Ethiopians to trust in God and be delivered from continuous war led chaos and mental agony (The Bible, Matthew 11:28-30).
Ethiopia is now in 38th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution The current president of Ethiopia is Sahle-Work Zewde and the Prime Minister is Abiy Ahmed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia’s parliamentary election, a victory that assures him another term in office. It was the country’s first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, an opposition boycott, the war in the northern region of Tigray, ethnic violence, and logistical challenges in some areas overshadowed the election. He lifted a ban on opposition parties, released tens of thousands of political prisoners, and took steps to open up one of Africa’s last untapped markets. The ongoing armed conflict in Tigray in Northern Ethiopia has left many dead and injured and about two million people displaced.