Eugene Cho

prayer for the nation and people of burma

Yes, this post is about a week late but better late…  Last Sunday was the ‘Global Day of Prayer for Burma’.  I was first introduced to the situation in Burma through a U2 song called, Walk On which was inspired and dedicated to Aung Sun Suu Kyi, ‘leader’ of Burma who’s been under house arrest the majority of the time since 1989.  Couple people at Quest shed more light in the situation through the personal convictions.  Several  months ago, I had an opportunity to travel to Asia (Thailand, Burma, and Japan) on a ‘vision trip’ and one of the highlights was preaching at a Karen church in Burma (just across the border from Thailand).  I remember a conversation I had with one of the Karen ‘teachers’ in their make shift school system.  She was young, intelligent, and a believer of Jesus Christ.  She responded with these words in her broken English, “I stay because I believe in Jesus and I must fight for my people.” 

To give you a ‘small’ glimpse on what’s going on, read this quote from a recent article about not only the situation in Burma, the genocide against the Karen people, but the alleged blatant attempt to kill the christian church:

The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled “Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma”, the incendiary memo contains point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out of the state.

The text, which opens with the line “There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised”, calls for anyone caught evangelising to be imprisoned. It advises: “The Christian religion is very gentle – identify and utilise its weakness.”

Its discovery follows widespread reports of religious persecution, with churches burnt to the ground, Christians forced to convert to the state religion, Buddhism, and their children barred from school.  [read the entire article]

To learn more about the situation, visit the following links:

You can also read David’s take on the Burma situation and his experience in Burma.  He and about eight other Questers also took a separate trip to Burma.  If you’re interested in making a donation, joining a future trip, or learning more about short or long term ‘mission/service’ opportunities, please visit the quest missions site or contact the orgs above.  We have two Quest members working with an organization called, World Aid, based out of Burma that is always welcoming volunteers and donations.  Their website is soon coming.

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One Response

  1. Randall says:

    I only briefly scanned this entry when it first came up. I had no idea what was going on there and it’s all to easy to dismiss or ignore injustices and oppression in other parts of the world because I hear it on the news everyday.

    But then I saw this story on the Frontline World website (http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/burma601/) and I revisited this entry and the one you liked to on David’s blog and I got it.

    I’m ashamed to admit how easy it is for me to ignore what’s going on in the world around me. I suppose that’s why/how evil is allowed to fester, because it’s ignored as irrelevant.

    I know so little about what’s wrong with the world and even what little I do know sometimes feels like too much. But that’s a large part of why I chose to start attending Quest, because of your emphasis on justice and global issues in addition to being a local blessing to the community.

    I’m praying for Burma and for how God can use the gifts he’s given me to bring more attention to the situation there.

    But I feel so small.

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