Sunday, June 22, 2014

World Watch List | Myanmar

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[ World Watch List Challenge #22 Myanmar (Burma) ]
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Quick Facts on Myanmar (Burma)

Rank: 22
Previous Rank: 32
Leader: President Thein Sein
Government: Unitary constitutional republic
Religion: Buddhism
Population: 49.5 million (4.6 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Religious militancy
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Myanmar (Burma)

Twenty-three-year-old Cho* was the only Christian in her household. She surrendered her life to Christ when Nu*, an attendee of Open Doors’ Standing Strong Through the Storm training, shared the gospel with her family.

“When I was 12, Teacher Nu, who came from the Chin state, went to our house, and told my family who Jesus was and what He did. After that, I attended the Sunday school in her house church every week. Year after year, I grew to know Jesus more. Teacher Nu taught me about Jesus and the Bible.”

“In my early Christian life, I was not accepted, and was not treated as a daughter,” Cho recalled. Though the gospel was shared with her parents, they remained Buddhists. “I wasn’t treated as a normal person, and I was disappointed.”

Aside from her hardships at home, Cho also faces persecution in school. “My classmates didn’t accept me as a Christian at first. They didn’t want to be friends with me. I used to run to Teacher Nu’s home to ask her for prayers. As some of them have gotten to know me, they have harassed me less.”

“Even though I have difficulties concerning my family and education, I praise God, and I listen to His Words, along with my teacher, who is always there to inspire and encourage me.”

*Names, photographs and other information have been changed for security purposes

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