Burmese government killing Christians

By November 14, 2005

Burma (MNN) — The situation in Burma is simply awful. The UN and other rights groups have accused the military junta of atrocities including forced labor and extra-judicial killings. Many of those killings have been tribal Christians, says Strategic World Impact’s Kevin Turner.

“This is being conducted by the government, using it’s military all up and down the border with Thailand and of course the entire country, where there’s not just persecution, they’re actually killing, slaughtering whole villages,” says Turner.

Burma heads the United States’ 2005 list of Countries of Particular Concern released last week by the State Department.

Turner says the government has actually had an impact on their work in Burma. “We’ve be smuggling in Bibles across the border, we’ve been bringing in food and supplies. We helped build a church and a school. Within one month the Burmese military had come in and not only burned our church to the ground, but they also destroyed the entire village.”

However, that hasn’t stopped their resolve to work in the country with dangerous short-term mission teams. “We cross the border from Thailand and go into these internally displaced. We’ll have services in there with them. We’ve done training of medics who are Christians, who can go out as well with stocks of Bibles, so that they can minister to their spiritual well being.”

Strategic World Impact needs your prayers and financial support to allow these programs to continue. But, more importantly, pray for these Burmese believers who face life-threatening situations daily.

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