Teenage Christians in Myanmar hope to serve God, despite persecution

In rural Myanmar, where Christians are a minority and often face persecution for their faith, Open Doors partners have been running camps for children and teenagers from Christian families, to encourage them and help them to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. Children from Christian families are often bullied by other children for following a faith other than Buddhism, receive less opportunities and help from their teachers, and will often be overlooked for further education or special honours.

At a recent camp, the young people were asked to draw their hopes for the future. Despite the discrimination and attack that Christians in Myanmar frequently experience, many of them hope to be involved in Christian ministry in the future. mar, where Christians are a minority and often face persecution for their faith, Open Doors partners have been running camps for children and teenagers from Christian families, to encourage them and help them to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. Children from Christian families are often bullied by other children for following a faith other than Buddhism, receive less opportunities and help from their teachers, and will often be overlooked for further education or special honours.

At a recent camp, the young people were asked to draw their hopes for the future. Despite the discrimination and attack that Christians in Myanmar frequently experience, many of them hope to be involved in Christian ministry in the future.

The teenager who drew this is a Christian from a Buddhist family. He says, “My hope is to pass Class 10. I also hope to become a teacher. My dream is to pass with flying colours. My father is Buddhist. All my relatives are unbelievers. After I see the results of my Class 10 exam, I will confess my faith to my father and then to my relatives. I will share the gospel with them and everyone in this place will know the good news. Everyone will know Jesus; they will know the truth.”

Myanmar is number 24 on the Open Doors 2018 World Watch List. Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through literature distribution, discipleship programmes, pastoral and leadership training, livelihood support, family and marriage enrichment programmes, children and youth training and preparing the church to face persecution.

Beth Fuller 

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