Members of the United Wa State Army, a Marxist-influenced militia that controls territory near Myanmar’s eastern border with China, arrested 24 Christians as they made their way to a Christmas service on Dec. 24, 2019. The Christians were traveling to a nearby village to celebrate with other believers because they were not allowed to have a Christmas celebration in their own town. “They were all arrested on grounds of being Christians and for planning to go to a worship service on Christmas day,” said a VOM worker in the region. The believers were held for two days before being released. Thank God for the believers’ determination to celebrate Christmas even though they were not allowed to do so in their own town. Pray that Christians in the region will overcome fear.
Christians Arrested on Way to Christmas Service
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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