Pray for Myanmar

What is The Task Unfinished?

29% of the world’s population are considered unreached, that’s over 2 billion people with little access to a church, a believer or a bible.

Currently, among East Asia’s peoples, over 667 million people are still unlikely to meet a follower of Jesus.

Billions of East Asians do not know Christ, and millions have little to no access to the gospel, a Christian church, or even a single believer. We believe God is calling us to focus prayer, people and resources to bring the hope of Christ to unreached peoples in East Asia and around the world.

For OMF, The Task Unfinished is a focused effort to inspire believers world-wide to work together to bring the gospel to unreached people groups.

Each month during 2017 our aim is to connect you with a focused prayer movement for a different unreached country or people group. We hope you will consider being part of this movement—and help bring the hope of Christ to those who have little to no access to the gospel.

Stories from Myanmar

How to pray for Myanmar in 2021

Editor’s Note: The situation in Myanmar is rapidly changing but we provide the information below to help inform prayer for the country. We’re aware we cannot provide a complete picture of this complex situation and the diversity of perspectives on it. Last updated: 30/03/2021 In Myanmar, thousands are protesting in the streets after the military [...]

The Case for Multi-Ethnic Churches in Multi-Cultural Myanmar

Many churches in Myanmar are ethno-culturally defined and predominantly consist of people from a single ethnic group. This strong ethno-linguistic demarcation creates a significant obstacle for other ethno-linguistic groups to join. In order for Christians in Myanmar to make a significant impact in this largely Buddhist country, the church may need to rethink its strong ethnic [...]

Mission to the Shan in Burma (Myanmar) – Lessons We can Learn from the Historical Work

This article briefly looks at the entry of Protestant missions into Burma, reviews the growth of missions to the Shan, and shows how the gospel spread in a number of areas of Burma. It introduces some of the key workers who brought the gospel to the Shan, and looks at the long-term results of their [...]

The Word for a New Generation: Updating a Bible Script

In 1866, American Baptist missionary Josiah Nelson Cushing arrived in Burma (now called Myanmar) as a missionary appointed to the Shan people. Few, if any, of the Shan people in Southeast Asia had heard about the Lord Jesus Christ. Through Cushing’s and his fellow missionaries’ efforts, that was about to change.   Mine is the [...]

God’s Healing Touch in the Face of Simple Faith

As she listened, she became convicted that she, too, needed to touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak.

October – Month of Prayer for the Shan, Shui & Zhuang

    Can your prayers make a difference on the other side of the world? Recently a colleague shared how absurd it is to see what God is doing during the month of prayer for their people group in comparison to the rest of the year. God delights to work through the prayers of His […]

Deadly Dreams

    A believing Shan woman in the Shan State had a dream of an old cow sleeping beside the road. Then another cow came up to the old cow. Both had a lot of parasites on them. Then the Shan woman was surprised by the dream and woke up. As soon as she woke […]

God is our Healer

“Around me, smoke and incense burn and multitudes of followers lay their offerings in front of Buddha.”

A Modern Day Joseph’s Story

“I grew up in Northern Rakhine State in a big family”, Mujib recalls, taking a sip from his tea cup. He is sitting on his bed in the small room he shares with a friend. “My parents died when I was young, so I had to take responsibility for my younger siblings early on. I [...]

Sharing God’s Big Picture

Having studied at bible school in Thailand Ami, a Lisu Christian, has returned to Myanmar where she is part of a group which focuses on student evangelism and discipleship. Ami’s tribal background does not stop her from interacting and sharing with the different people groups of Myanmar, including the Burmese. A few years ago Ami [...]

Asa’s Story

Asa, a Lisu Christian, was discipled and trained at James O Fraser Centre, a bible school in Thailand where he got to know OMF workers Linda & Jim. Since graduating his heart for mission has led him to serve among his own people group in Myanmar. He has kept in touch with Linda & Jim [...]

Disabled but not forgotten

Now in his early 30s, Kyaw Lwin has been profoundly deaf since birth. Although well cared for by his family, he lives a very isolated life. Until last year, he had never even eaten a meal with anyone outside his own household, and had never been to school. Like the majority of hearing impaired persons, [...]

Poor or Rich?

“I read through Galatians recently and this has encouraged me a lot. I am poor, I do not have a husband, I am not very skilled, I do a simple job. I am not like the foreigners who come to our office daily. They are educated, have money. I am just a cleaner. But as [...]

Shifting Sands

One of the challenges of partnering with the local church in Myanmar is understanding the local context, which is rapidly changing. As a result, training programs and ideas that work in other contexts, or used to be valid in Myanmar, are now less useful. Migration affects at least one in five rural households, and this is [...]

Green and Blue Bags

One afternoon, there was a knock at the door of my apartment building. One of the guards from downstairs was outside, a blue and a green plastic bag and a sheet of paper in his hands. A little puzzled, I wondered what on earth this was all about. Despite my limited language, he managed to [...]

Natural Disasters

Recently ranked third in the world for an increasing occurrence of natural disasters, Myanmar is listed as one of the countries most at risk from the effects of climate change in the next few decades. In recent years, widespread flooding has almost become an annual event.  Despite improving government efforts, the economic and social impacts [...]

Bringing Hope

Twice a month on Saturday morning Christian workers take the ferry to tell Bible stories to children in a very poor and marginalised community on the other side of the Yangon River. As soon as they see the children’s workers approaching, the children come running out of their small bamboo houses. A 12-year old Christian [...]

Knowing God’s Love

Moe Moe, a university student, came to our Bible study five years ago. She sat quietly during the three hour Bible study because she came to meet her friends and hang out with them afterwards. I sat down beside her and invited her to come over and cook lunch together the following week. We became [...]

Fisher of Men

A Rakhine fisherman, Mr. T.S. became a believer after two Christians prayed for his healing from alcohol-induced liver disease about seven years ago. He became completely well within a week but was without any Bible or fellowship for five years because he lived on an island five hours by boat from the mainland.  Later, he [...]

Taking a Boat to Sunday School

About two years ago we were invited to accompany an Ethnic Karen Christian to a children’s work in a rice-farming village about 90km from Yangon. The distance isn’t that far, but it takes two-and-a-half hours each way by bus and motorcycle taxi. Over the past two years we’ve gradually built a trust relationship with people [...]

The Power of the Nats

He stood in front of the shrine, muttering a few words. I was seated a short distance away, but being only mildly interested, I didn't listen to his words. After a while, he lifted the offering basket that was in front of the idol, and held it a few inches above the bench. When he was finished [...]

Buddhism in Myanmar

Every day on the bus ride from where I stay to where I teach, the bus will pass by a section on Pyay Road where the dome of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the plaza built around it, can be clearly seen. It is really a magnificent sight compared to the old buildings and thick [...]

Every High Hill, Every Spreading Tree

When I’m trying to describe Myanmar to friends who have never been there, one of the things I often do is mention how at home, we can’t drive anywhere in our city without passing half a dozen churches. In Myanmar, you can’t drive anywhere without passing a dozen pagodas or shrines. A number of verses [...]

Say that again – Myanmar

‘Don’t worship golden idols’ – the preacher from overseas said in English.                                                                                                                                                                                ‘Use your gold to worship God’ – the translator said in Myanmar. Live translation from English to Myanmar, and Myanmar to English is very difficult as the thought patterns are very different and the words are arranged very differently. So, many times we […]

Myanmar – The vicious circle of urban poverty

Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love Him? James 2:5 Hidden behind wealthier houses in the capital city of Yangon are side roads cluttered with bamboo shacks. Many of the families living here […]

The Monk and the Disciple in Myanmar

The monk, proud and confident, smiled encouragingly at me. Every morning, tourists came to his monastery to see one thousand monks receiving breakfast. He was on duty, sharing the Buddhist road to extinction with gullible westerners. We talked a bit more, and he confided that he was superior to those villagers who donated the food […]

Reaping to the Edges- A Lesson from Myanmar

Living in another culture for a long time begins to put a different perspective on our own culture, and sheds new light on Scripture. One example of this is the Biblical principle of not reaping to the edges of the field. In a culture with little or no tax payer funded social security, this becomes very […]

Feeble Efforts before a Faithful God

Article featured in 2014 OMF US East Asia Insight Q2 A story of lives transformed in Myanmar. After a “honeymoon” period in Myanmar, her new ministry home, Trisha found her rose-colored glasses fogging up. “Why is it so hard to simply find toilet paper in this hotel?” she asked herself. She rummaged through a storage [...]

A Song in the Shadows

Daniel had only heard the rumors, but as he entered his hotel in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, a young man invited him to witness the event himself. “Want to come play music with us?” the security guard asked. “Right now?” Daniel said. “Yeah,” the guard replied. Daniel exited his hotel, following the twenty-something young man. […]

When Jesus calls …

When Jesus calls you, and you get up, leave everything behind and follow him, your life gets changed. It is happening to Bai Chaa (Tea Leaf) and I marvel at the impact her meeting with Jesus is having. Tea Leaf lives in a very simple house at the edge of her village, together with her […]

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