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Judson Baptist Church
Photo: Graham Norton

Military authorities in Chin State, Myanmar, announced on February 13th that Christians residing within areas governed under martial law will be forced to register with township administrators seven days in advance of attending any church services. No information about the form of punishment that will be administered to those failing to comply had been provided at that time.

Concerned about the fear and distress this new requirement will cause among his predominantly Christian community, a pastor from one of the affected areas explained: "This is yet another act of terrorism by the military council. It's been very distressing for the public, regardless of race or religion, since they declared martial law." Another Christian resident declared: "The military not only bombed, burned and destroyed our churches, they're now also restricting our rights to go to church."

Under the pretence of fighting separatist forces, the military has frequently targeted Christians and church buildings. To learn more about the challenges being encountered by followers of Jesus in Myanmar, go to our country report.

Although we can praise God for the wonderful work that He has accomplished in Myanmar over the years through the transformation of many lives, please join us in praying for the continued outreach of the Gospel throughout this war-torn nation. Be mindful to pray for the protection of Christians in the affected areas who are at risk of persecution by those opposing them. Also ask God to grant these believers wisdom, peace and direction as they contend with these new requirements and discern how to best respond in the situation.

Country Information


57,069,099 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Burman (68), Shan (9), Karen (7), Rakhine (4), Chinese (3), Indian (2), Mon (2), Other (5)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (87.9), Christianity (6.2), Islam (4.3), other (1.6)

Prime Minister Min Aund Hlaing (August 2021) - self-appointed

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Burma

Pray that the newly elected civilian government will respect the religious freedoms of all its citizens – including the followers of Jesus. Ask God to prove Himself victorious over the longstanding abuses in Burma, and to demonstrate His transforming power by bringing many more to salvation. May He bless and multiply the evangelistic efforts of the seminary students and graduates, granting them divine appointments with people who are silently yearning for the truth of the Gospel.


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