CRACKDOWN ON ETHNIC MINORITIES
There are an estimated four million Christians, most of them in the non-Burman
ethnic minorities who live around the periphery of the country. They are being
severely persecuted by the ruling military junta, both for their ethnicity and
for their faith.
army, with assistance in some places from Buddhist monks, is cutting off such
people from food, education or any means to support themselves. But converts to
Buddhism can get food for their families and education for their children, and
will be exempted from the forced labour which literally kills so many.
minister said "It increases our faith, we are Christians, we know God will help
us, but please remember us in your prayers, please do not forget us."
YOUNG CHURCHES PERSECUTED
Police burst into the morning service of a large church in Tashkent and arrested
the minister and other leaders. This church began in 1996 with 20 members and
has grown to have over 700 people from a Muslim background, and other members as
well. They have been trying to get the church registered, but the authorities
always find a pretext to refuse.
Please pray for this church, remembering in particular the health of the
minister who has had a stroke and now has problems with blood pressure.
wave of persecution against Christians continues. A Christian head-teacher
received a letter ordering her to gather information about her pupil's church
attendance, how often they went, who their parents were, where their parents
worked, what kind of Christian literature they had at home. This is part of a
government initiative to get details of all Christian pupils and Christian
teachers. Cell groups meeting in homes have been banned. Pray for courage and
wisdom for Christians faced with this kind of demand.
PERSECUTION IN MANY PLACES
Please pray especially for the interior villages as life is very primitive.
Persecution is breaking out in various places in India.
Churches are being closed and Christians are not permitted to visit the
villages. Kathuwa, Jammu and Kashmir Districts are under great threat by anti-
brothers and sister are hurting; pray for them and their children that the Lord
would bring peace to their land and that many will come to know the Lord Jesus
Christ as their Lord and Saviour.