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06/02/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – More than a year after the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) staged a coup to topple the democratically elected government, Myanmar continues to see intense fighting throughout the nation, especially in Christian-majority areas such as Chin and Kayah states. ICC spoke with Pastor David, who serves as a pastor at a prominent church in Kayah’s Demoso, to learn about his ministry amid ongoing attacks.

David said that pastors must take care of the IDPs’ (internally displaced persons) physical and spiritual needs. They also need to fundraise for resources and amenities for their flock. All the church pastors are still serving their congregations while they are displaced and meeting the needs of those around them. “As for our church, we manage to gather once a month for worship service, once for youth, and Sunday school for Bible study,” he said.

During the rest of the month, the Christians are encouraged to worship wherever they are. Certainly, as IDPs, they hope to return to their home. In this kind of crisis, avoiding depression and disappointment is very vital. “Because some members of our congregation do not have a home to return to, and some have lost their family members, even the most fortunate ones would be returning to their empty and ransacked houses. We always have to encourage them and remind them that our Lord is the God of hope. As long as we have Him, we do not lose our home,” he added.

He told ICC that there are 56 churches in their mission association, yet most of the churches are temporarily displaced due to escalating conflict in their areas. They could only return when the situation improves. The congregations of 10 churches in Demoso, Ngwe Taung, and Kwe Kho Palaw have been living as internally displaced persons for over a year. They often seek refuge with other churches from the same mission association, and some displaced believers have to live with their relatives. Thanks to your generosity and the support of our partners, we were able to provide food packages for dozens of displaced believers.

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