The first Christian book I read as a young person was God’s Smuggler, by Brother Andrew. I was intrigued by his stories of border crossings, Bible smuggling, and doors closed to the Word of God. Brother Andrew helped start Open Doors, a ministry dedicated to assisting persecuted believers worldwide, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people living where governments oppose religious freedom.
In light of the terrible loss of life in Myanmar (Burma) from last Saturday’s Cyclone Nargis, Open Doors, along with other ministries, countries, and our Navy :-), is taking measures to minister to the survivors’ needs in the area. The letter below explains some of the difficulties they are up against, and prayer requests for the region. If you want more information, check out their website, listed under Great Ministries, or their Blog. They are updating needs and information from Myanmar everyday. Most of all, please pray…..
“The situation in Burma continues to deteriorate as a result of last Saturday’s devastating cyclone and they need your prayers. The pictures we are seeing and the reports coming out of the country are heart-breaking. Many of them have not only lost their homes, but many have lost loved ones.
We need to blanket these hungry and homeless survivors in prayer. Many do not have access to food, clean water or medicine. Even though Burma’s borders may be closed, our prayers can pass through.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that American diplomat Shari Villarosa said the number of deaths could eventually exceed 100,000 because safe food and water were scarce and unsanitary conditions widespread. The United Nations reported there were 1 million homeless people. Also, there were reports that the country’s military junta was making it difficult for some international aid to get into Burma, according to Associated Press.
According to the Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the worst persecution. Burma is No. 25 on the list of 50 countries. Of the 55 million citizens, approximately 90% are Buddhist and 4% are Christian. As stated in the World Watch List:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Join me in the first line of defense against this devastation as we pray Burmese victims, rescue operations and the presence of God throughout their nation.
To Him who is our Refuge,