Area: 676,577 sq km
Basin and delta of the Irrawaddy River ringed by a horseshoe of high mountains that isolates the country from India, China and Thailand.
Population: 50,495,672 Annual Growth: 0.87%
Official language: Burmese Languages: 116 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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The continued growth of the church amid great suffering and repression is an answer to prayer. While the majority of believers still come from certain ethnic minorities, there is an increasing response from the Buddhist majority, particularly monks. Momentum in evangelism is building as an indigenous missions movement begins to flourish.
A policy of systematic violence against certain minorities yields a harvest of destroyed villages, rape, torture, uprooted populations and international condemnation. Great suffering is inflicted upon such peoples as the Karen, Chin, Shan, Mon and Wa with the Karen and Chin particularly sought out due to their Christian faith and separatist militias. Myanmar is a deeply fractured nation on a political, ecclesiological and especially ethnic level. Pray for seemingly impossible ethnic harmony, effective federalism and peace.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Myanmar.