The Wa Army destroyed churches in the region in 2018.
The Wa Army destroyed churches in the region in 2018.
Jan 23, 2020 • Myanmar

Army Official Arrested for Celebrating Christmas

A high-ranking army official was among three soldiers arrested for celebrating Christmas. Denpo knew that his employer, the United Wa State Army, had arrested many Christians, but he was determined to share the joy of Jesus’ birth with others at Christmas. He decorated his house and arranged to celebrate Christmas on Dec. 26, 2019, with two other soldiers under his command. In the middle of their worship service, some soldiers came in and arrested the three men. The two lower-ranking soldiers were held for two days before being released and fired from their positions, while Denpo remains in detention. “He is a strong believer, fearless in all matters of his faith and belief,” a VOM worker said. Denpo is a father of six, and the other two men also have families. Pray for all three families involved, and pray that Denpo will be a strong witness for the Lord while he is in prison.

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