ICC Pays Rent of Christian Orphanage in Myanmar

By Linda Jones

04/05/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In Myanmar, Christians and churches in the states of Kachin, Karen, and Northern Shan are constantly harassed by Buddhist leaders. Children are required to participate and recite Buddhist prayers in most schools, regardless of their difference in religion. Even though Christians face many challenges because of their faith, many of them are willing to teach about God’s love to younger generations. Such is the case at the Love Myanmar orphanage.

Children at the Love Myanmar orphanage receive a place to live, food, and support until they graduate from college. Currently, the orphanage is home to 32 children, ranging from preschoolers to college freshmen. Half of the children at the orphanage were already Christian before they arrived, while the rest were Buddhist. Thet Naing, the director, and his staff are all Christians and lead devotions every morning as part of their curriculum. They also encourage the children to pray before every meal and to pray for each other.

The orphanage director shared, “One of the teenage girl’s mother in the orphanage runs a prostitution house in their hometown. Her grandmother forced her to go away from the prostitution house as the grandmother worried her granddaughter will also become a prostitute like her mother. So she brought her to the center and left her there for good.”

The orphanage has created a solid support system for the children, but many are still bullied at school for being orphans which is considered by many as bad karma. Furthermore, they currently have a water shortage and must buy water from a local contractor, which is difficult for them to afford since the orphanage relies on donations.

International Christian Concern (ICC) learned about the orphanage and the challenges they were facing, and decided to ease some of their burden. Through ICC’s Kids Care fund, we were able to pay three months of rent upfront for the orphanage to continue operating. The director and the staff were very grateful for the assistance and God’s provision. This assistance will allow them to invest more in the children and ensure that they are well nourished.

Please pray for the children at the orphanage and for God to continue providing for all of their needs. Ask God to continue to guide the director and the staff as they care for the children and teach them about God’s love. Finally, pray for the children to be a good testimony to their classmates who are nonbelievers.

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