Mr. U Tan was baptized on February 25. Buddhism is the majority religion in Myanmar. Leaving Buddhism and following Jesus can have serious consequences. For Mr. U Tan, it did. We just received word that Mr. U Tan’s house was burned down because he became a Christian. Local Buddhists told him that because he accepted Jesus, they burned his house down.
It will cost $500 USD to rebuild his house and replace what was lost. $500 is about half of an average annual salary. In a highly inflated economy, it will be difficult to afford this. This act of violence reminds me of several things.
First, our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Yes, people did this, but the real enemy is the devil, who seeks to tear people away from God. Second, following Jesus costs everything and invites danger in this world. Third, this is an opportunity for the Body of Christ to rise up and demonstrate her identity.
Would you consider two things:
- 1. Pray for Mr. U Tan and the rest of the new believers. 19 people were recently baptized, 12 of them former Buddhists. Pray they continue to follow Jesus despite the opposition they’re facing. Jesus called them to a whole new way of life, to radical living. They’re getting an early taste of that.
- 2. Consider giving financially. Your donation is tax deductible, and if we exceed the cost to rebuild, the money will go to support the new believers.
Offering prayers or financial support will send the message that we as the Church support these new believers, and no matter how much geographical distance separates us, we’re members of one Body.
Use the online form to send a message of encouragement or to contact me to donate. Thank you.