BMBC will be participating in MYANMAR SUNDAY on Sunday APRIL 30th when we will be joining together to pray for, advocate and raise funds for the people of Myanmar, particularly those of the Karen, Chin and Kachin states. Prior to the war, the Baptist church in Myanmar was the fastest growing church in the world with 1.7 million Baptists.
But the last 2 years, since the military coup in February 2021, have been horrific. Many families have lost their homes and are in hiding in the jungle from the ongoing military air strikes and attacks. The military has shot protesters in the street, released bombs that have burned entire communities and used brute force against anyone who has pressed for peace. Many have experienced the violence of a military willing to use whatever force is necessary in order to maintain their power over the people. Several prominent Baptist leaders have been arrested and remain in prison.
Within the Baptist Union of Victoria, 56 (16%) of our church congregations originate from different ethnic groups within Myanmar. These churches are both supporting their local congregation members and families and communities back in Myanmar. BMBC have a particularly close partnership with Nobel Park Karen Baptist that meet in our Mordialloc Site.
We ask that you join us for a time of reflection, prayer and offering for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar who are facing ongoing hardship and are in urgent need of emergency relief supplies. Funds raised will be directed to Baptist Mission Australia who have secure channels for the distribution of funds to each of the Chin (including Haka Chin), Kachin and Karen states.
How Can I Help?
Baptist Mission Australia have secure channels to distribute funds to each of the Chin (including Haka Chin), Kachin and Karen states for healthcare, supplies, and food.
Click here to donate online via Baptist Mission Australia
Download our one-page resource to be utilised during prayers within the service or for use within an individual context.
Write to your MP to express your concerns – Download a letter template you may like to use detailing the “asks”.
Join with the Nobel Park Karen Baptist Church at 12 pm at the Mordialloc Site for a joint service in Karen and English.