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Rebel force attacks Bapt. churches in BurmaYANGON, Burma (BP) -- Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said.
On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar's largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), attacked the churches in the rebel's autonomous region in Shan state, according to Christian leaders.
"We confirmed that at least 12 churches have been destroyed or closed as of Sept. 20," a Christian leader who has lived in the Wa region for several decades told Morning Star News. The Wa people worship ancestral spirits, and the move by the UWSA was meant to hamper Christian missionary activity, said the leader on condition of anonymity.
Most of the targets were Baptist churches in Panghsang, where Wa soldiers destroyed crosses, the source said. The headquarters of the UWSA is located in Panhsang, on Burma's border with China. Read More
UN accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocideGENEVA (BP) -- Murder, rape, enslavement and other crimes against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims necessitate the country's military leaders be charged with genocide, the United Nations said Aug. 27.
"Criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law," the U.N. said in a special report, accusing the generals of "genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes." Read More
Home by home, Burmese hear church's Gospel appealSAN DIEGO (BP) -- Thirty people made professions of faith in Jesus during Agape Myanmar Mission's home visits for its third annual Christmas outreach.
"And a lot of Burmese people hear the Good News for the first time," pastor Silas Lian told Baptist Press. "Please keep praying for us and support us as we will follow them up and disciple our new believers."
Not just locally in San Diego, but Lian is building a strategy for reaching Burmese throughout California, the United States and Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia. Read More
Myanmar crisis draws BGR aid, recalls Judson legacyYANGON, Myanmar (BP) -- Residents of Myanmar -- early beneficiaries of the Baptist missions movement two centuries ago -- once again are the focus of work by Baptists. This time, Baptists are providing aid in response to a humanitarian crisis among the Rohingya, a large Muslim people group in southwest Myanmar.
Baptist historian Jason Duesing said the Rohingya crisis illustrates that the legacy of Adoniram Judson, the first missionary funded by the Triennial Convention in 1814, largely has been eradicated in contemporary Myanmar. Read More