Pray for: Myanmar

Flag for Myanmar

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Naypyidaw
Population: 54,806,014
% Urban: 31.4 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 25.9 %
Official Language: Burmese
Languages: 116
Literacy Rate: 93 %
HDI Ranking: 147 / 189
% Christian: 9 %
% Evangelical: 5 %
Largest Religion: Buddhist
% Largest Religion: 80 %
People Groups: 146
Least Reached People Groups: 53
% Unevangelized: 40 %
Persecution Ranking: 18 / 50

Myanmar

Title: Myanmar

Tier: 1

Type: country

Myanmar’s military junta (1962-2011, 2021) was ruthless. Their policies brought poverty to a land rich in resources. They reacted violently to protests, put their opponents in prison, and implemented forced labour. A policy of violence against certain minorities led to destroyed villages, rape, torture, displaced populations, and international condemnation. Myanmar was deeply broken as a result, with divisions along political, religious, and especially ethnic lines. After an era of more democratic governance, the military performed the third coup of Myanmar’s short history, on 1 February, 2021. Pray for what seems impossible except through Christ: the solidarity, peace, and courage represented by the three colours of the nation’s new flag.

Myanmar

Title: Myanmar

Tier: 1

Type: country

Buddhism has a strong hold on the Burmese majority, as well as over the Shan, the Rakhine, and the Mon peoples. Most children receive education in Buddhist monasteries. Burmese Buddhism mixes in occult beliefs, superstition, and fear of the spirits. The Church must learn to understand the Buddhist mindset, and must also minister in spiritual power, in order to see a breakthrough among the majority. Reportedly, thousands of Buddhist monks have quietly become believers and many study the gospel and listen to Christian radio. Pray for this quiet movement of Buddhists to Christ to keep spreading, growing, and deepening.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.