Letter From the Director
Christians Concerned for Burma has been working with and for the people of burma since 1993
Thank you for your prayers and love for the people of Burma. Burma has now faced over 70 years of civil war, death, displacement, injustice and sorrow. But we don’t give up praying because God has not given up and we see in our own lives how God answers prayer and does the impossible. We are told by Jesus to be persistent in prayer, not give up and pray that God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Every time we pray and we obey Jesus we feel His presence and we are part of His kingdom on this earth regardless of the other kingdoms around us. God works through prayer, first to change our own hearts and to guide us in what we are to do, and then to bring change to others. Daniel in the lions’ den prayed to God for help and it took time but help did come.
There have been many good changes in Burma because of people’s prayer, love and action. We keep praying for Burma because the war goes on and there is a need for that to stop. There is a need for justice, freedom and reconciliation.
In November 2020 there was an election, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD winning an overwhelming majority of the seats in the national parliament. But the Burma military, the Tatmadaw, unhappy with these results, staged a coup on February 1, 2021, declaring the results of the election invalid and declaring a state of emergency, leaving the military as the sole “official” authority in the country. The Tatmadaw proceeded to round up and imprison elected officials – in many ways a return to the situation in Burma of ten or even twenty years ago. Protests have erupted across the country, and are continuing at the time of this writing.
The ethnic people with us, as well as the Burmans we communicate with in the cities, believe that the dictators cannot win. Please pray with us for the dictators to have a change of heart or that they fall, and Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners are released and there is a new start for everyone. We pray that together the people can build a democratic and truly representative Burma for all people. Please pray that until then the people under attack get the help they need to survive. We also pray that even now the message of forgiveness and reconciliation will be extended to the dictators and Burma military and police. We know that behind the deadly attacks of the military and police against the people of Burma is a deep and formidable evil. This is first of all a spiritual battle. We pray against this evil in the powerful name of Jesus.
And so, In spite of this we do not give up and we thank you for caring enough to pray for God’s will and for the people of Burma to be free from oppression from the military and government. And in some ways, the coup has only clarified and brought to light the reality of the situation in Burma; which is that the military has never truly given up power to the democratically elected government, and has continued its campaign of oppression in the ethnic states, in violation of ceasefire agreements it has made with various ethnic groups. During the past year the Burma Army increased attacks in Arakan State, western Burma, displacing over 70,000 Buddhist Arakan people while at the same time preventing over one million Muslim Rohingya from the same state from returning. The Rohingya were attacked in 2017 and forced to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh where they live in squalor with very little likelihood of change. In northern Burma attacks against Kachin, Shan and Ta’ang continue with over 100,000 displaced. In eastern Burma in Karen State the ceasefire was regularly violated with the killing of men, women and children. There are now over 9000 displaced internal refugees in Karen state, and the ceasefire agreement is officially terminated.
When we dedicate ourselves in prayer and action those things that we pray for begin to come true in our lives and the lives of those around us. This is because this is God’s world and God works with us to make this world good. We thank God that He forgives, leads, empowers, and uses us and gives us joy to do His will in His name.Thank you for being in this with us and for the presence of God we feel through your prayers.
God bless you,
Dave Eubank, family,
Christians Concerned for Burma