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Project: Support for Brother Cho

Project: Support for Brother Cho

Brother Cho’s* impactful ministry in Myanmar meant he was imprisoned and tortured for his faith. Because of this, he was in desperate need of medical attention.

Health problems resulting from imprisonment didn’t stop Brother Cho from his current ministry which provides Christian cassettes and literature to villages far and wide in Myanmar. To assist him and further the work he does, Voice of the Martyrs Australia stepped in with their support.

Brother Cho has now been checked by a physician four times since his release and will have twice yearly medical checks thanks to VOM.

VOM was also able to provide him with a motorbike to make long journeys easier while giving him a way to properly transport the literature. They also added 400 USD to assist in purchasing materials for this ministry.

*names have been changed

If you would like to financially support our Front Line Ministry fund please go to vom.com.au/donate.

MYANMAR: A Pastor Has Been Killed

MYANMAR: A Pastor Has Been Killed

Pastor Tun Nu was last seen alive on the evening of 19 January, when an armed rebel group forced him to leave his home, telling Nu their leader wanted to question him. Pastor Nu had been a missionary with Gospel for Asia in a troubled area of Myanmar.

“He was killed along with several others who had been kidnapped by a rebel army in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, an area torn by Rohingya conflict. During the nearly two weeks Pastor Tun was missing, the local police and government armies were unable to trace him,” Gospel for Asia (GFA) explained in a press release.

“We are heartbroken to learn of Pastor Tun’s death, and we ask you to join us in praying for his wife and family, and his church at this time, that they may know God’s comfort, peace and strength,” said Dr KP Yohannan, the founder of GFA.

Nu was married with three children and served as the pastor of a congregation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. During 20 years as a pastor, he consistently shared the love of Christ with many and started several fellowships.

Sources: Gospel for Asia, CBN News

  • Ask God to minister to those suffering from shock and grief over the loss of Pastor Tun Nu and the other victims.
  • Pray the work he has done for the Lord will continue through believers he has discipled. Pray they will be equipped by God for the task and will not be fearful.
  • Commit to the Lord the perpetrators, may they too be given the opportunity to hear the Gospel, repent and believe in the one true God.

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INDIA & MYANMAR: Persecution Over Christmas

INDIA & MYANMAR: Persecution Over Christmas

In areas throughout India and Myanmar, Christmas was not a season of peace and joy. Christians faced violence and resulting injuries, as those opposed to the message of Christ stoned, slashed and terrorised local believers.

In the Kanta Kawn Township of Central Myanmar, 27 Christians had gathered together in a home for a Christmas service on 17 December. As they prayed, villagers surrounded the house and began throwing stones. They then broke into the house to vandalise it. Along with causing damages to the home, motorbikes, furniture and dishes, the perpetrator injured six of the worshippers.

At least 18 incidents were reported in four different Indian states. The worst attack was in Kowad village of Maharashtra. Around 20 men armed with sharp objects barged into the worship service of the New Life Fellowship Church on 23 December and began slashing those in attendance. As a result, seven Christians were admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital. The injuries could have been far worse had it not been for the quick thinking of Pastor Chavan’s mother, who threw ground red pepper in the faces of the attackers to thwart the violent assault.

In Haridwar, Uttarakhand, a mob from the militant Hindu group Bajrang Dal stopped four buses that were transporting 200 children to a Christmas Day program. The militants demanded the arrest of the teacher, claiming the children were to be forcefully converted. Police were called and the teacher, a Hindu, was arrested but later released. All the children, who are Hindus from the slums, were simply going to view the Christmas program as a special seasonal outing.

Several similar allegations were made in Uttar Pradesh, where police were “exhausted” from calls alleging that children were being forcefully converted during the Christmas programs. In one station alone, police received at least 25 to 30 phone calls. The volume of the calls suggests a coordinated effort from militant Hindu organisations to disrupt Christmas activities.

Source: Morning Star News

  • Pray that the victims injured in these attacks will recover quickly.
  • Pray those affected will not be at all fearful but may continue to follow the Lord in His strength.
  • Praise God that the message of the Gospel continues to reach many spiritual seekers in both Myanmar and India.

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MYANMAR: Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to Christians

MYANMAR: Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to Christians

Authorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food.

Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. “This is not a game”, one Christian replied. “We were baptised. We believe in Christ 100% and we will die believing.”

When a Buddhist vendor sold a banana to a Christian recently, he was detained for three days and fined the equivalent of $90. The man later decided to become a Christian, asking another believer to teach him the Bible and baptise him, because he saw that the Buddhists were wrong.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank the Lord for bringing blessing from suffering and pray that this man grows and stands firm in his faith despite the persecution he will likely face.
  • Pray that all believers in the village will love those who persecute them and inspire other Buddhists to learn more about Jesus.
  • Pray for VOM’s efforts to provide these believers with food.

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MYANMAR: Forced to join the Army, Forced to Deny their Faith

MYANMAR: Forced to join the Army, Forced to Deny their Faith

Churches, priests and Christian missionaries working in Wa, a mountainous region in the eastern state of Shan, are victims of the repression of Myanmar’s largest rebel army, the United Wa State Army (UWSA). It is the armed wing of the United Wa State Party (UWSP), the state’s China-aligned political wing.

On September 9 more than 200 Christian pastors, deacons and elders were arrested, along with 41 Bible students.

Our contact in Myanmar recently visited the state and reports the following:

More than 60 Churches in the WA State have been closed. Three Churches have been burnt down and several pastor’s houses have been destroyed by JCB (machinery).

Bibles from churches and Christian houses were confiscated and burned. The rule now is, that if the WA government sees a person in possession of a Bible he/she will be arrested and imprisoned for at least three years.

The 41 Bible Students that were arrested in September were forced to join the Wa army. No one knows exactly where they are.

The 200 plus Christians, who were arrested and imprisoned, were forced to sign a declaration, in front of the WA government and under threat of death, for their release.

The declaration included:

  • I no longer believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • I will not preach about Christ
  • I will not lead a church
  • I will not worship in a church building or in a house church.
  • If I do preach, worship and believe in Jesus, I will be fined, and sentenced to five years in prison.

More than 200 signed the declaration and were released. Nine pastors did not sign, saying they will never sign a declaration stating that they will no longer believe in Jesus. They are still in prison.

Sources Asia Times, Voice of the Martyrs

  • Please pray that the nine pastors will be released, without having to deny their faith.
  • Pray for the pastors’ families and churches
  • Please pray that all closed churches will be again be open and that rebuilding of the destroyed churches and houses can begin.
  • Pray for religious freedom in WA State.