Date: May 11, 2023
Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – Church leaders at the diocese in Kalay, Myanmar, organized a pilgrimage to churches affected by the conflict between the Tatmadaw – the ruling military junta – and pro-democracy civilian forces.
Priests and nuns were accompanied by hundreds of young people while visiting seven churches in the Kalay diocese that covers parts of the majority-Christian Chin state.
The Kalay diocese has been among the worst-affected dioceses in the conflict. Churches suffer almost daily gunfire while, at the same time, housing hundreds of internally displaced people.
Churches remain prime targets for the military junta in the predominately Christian regions of Chin, Kayah, Kachin, and Karen states despite the Buddhist-nationalist military’s claims that it is fighting against the civilian pro-democracy forces.
The Tatmadaw has controlled Myanmar since it deposed its democratically elected government in the February 2021 coup. ICC has reported extensively on the campaign of violence it has waged against Burmese civilians to maintain power. Religious minorities, including Christians, have faced heightened levels of violence from the military.
Please pray for those suffering from violence in Myanmar.
HOW TO PRAY: Pray for protection for churches amid this violence. Pray for a swift and peaceful end to this conflict. Pray for wisdom for Christian leaders throughout Myanmar.