Although the Burmese economy is one of the least developed in the world, it exports 90% of the world's rubies, not to mention precious stones such as sapphires, pearls and jade.
Myanmar is the 40th largest country in the world and is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. The majority of Myanmar's population lives in the Irrawaddy valley, which is situated between the Rakhine Yoma and the Shan Plateau. The country's slow economic growth has contributed to the preservation of much of its environment and ecosystems. Rice is the major agricultural product that covers about 60% of the country's total cultivated land area. Myanmar is also the world's 2nd largest producer of opium and a major source of illegal drugs.
British rule following three Anglo-Burmese Wars (1824–1885) brought social, economic, cultural and administrative changes to the once-feudal society. Since independence in 1948, the country has been in one of the longest running civil wars that remains unresolved. From 1962 to 2011, the country was under military rule, but a civilian government has since been installed.
Myanmar has a population of about 56 million, of which over 80% consider themselves Buddhists and 8,98% Christian (5% Evangelical). According to conservative estimates, there are over 295,800 Burmese refugees located along the Thai-Burma border.
OM Myanmar's primary goal is to see locals reached with the Gospel and to share God’s love in practical ways. To accomplish this, the OM team uses many tools. Foreign team members teach English (or other languages) at OM Myanmar's language centre during the week, and informal conversation classes are held at weekends. The team provides training at local churches and Bible schools, and is involved in youth clubs, Sunday schools, worship teams and visitations with church members. They meet with Myanmar friends over tea, in each other’s homes, and at famous sites together.
OM Myanmar also runs three kindergartens and team members regularly visit orphanages to share Jesus’ love with children. A growing sports ministry team leads training in different areas of Myanmar and has an active ministry in football and tchoukball. A ministry to people with HIV and AIDS is also being developed. If you would like to use your skills in language, teaching, kids ministry, sports or compassion ministry, we would love to have you join our team! For more information, please contact [email protected]
In 2008 Cyclone Nargis devastated portions of Myanmar, Mercy Teams International (MTI) responded with emergency assistance of food and housing material, as well as farming and fishing equipment to ensure the livelihoods of the Delta Burmese. Since then, the Delta Community Centre has been established and continues to provide spiritual, physical and social support to families in the region.
The Faith Community Church and Learning Centre two hours from Yangon City was a place where shelter, food and basic necessities were sought during Cyclone Nargis. MTI workers continue to provide daily lessons to children from the nearby slum area, and a preschool has been set up for the young. The centre also sponsors 80 needy school children with school fees.
Asia Challenge Teams (ACT) has been working in Asia for more than 20 years. Participants typically join ACT for one or two years, spending at least 6 months in one location in South East Asia at a time. Through exposure to diverse cultures, languages and peoples, team members discover their gifts, abilities and interests on the mission field.
Thank You for the country of Myanmar, with its beautiful architecture and large areas of untouched nature. We pray that Your light will pierce the spiritual darkness of this nation, so it will let go of false religions and end its drug production.
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