In these pages we bring you news of some of our recent grants to helppersecuted and suffering members of our Christian family. We are sograteful for your generous giving, which enables us to send thissupport. Please pray as you read.
Christians in Burma (Myanmar) suffersevere persecution from the ruling militaryjunta, partly for their faith and partly for theirethnicity (most are from non-Burmanpeople-groups). In addition they are stillsuffering the effects of Cyclone Nargis backin 2008. Christians were very muchneglected by the government aiddistribution after this catastrophic naturaldisaster.Our latest five grants for the Christiancyclone victims totalled £64,078(US$102,158;
71,212). They coveredneeds such as rice supplies, repairing orrebuilding homes, and new village wells.They also helped to provide new livelihoodsfor families who had lost the means tosupport themselves; these included fishingboats, fishing nets, and ducklings. The costof a boat was £60 (US$95;
66), a net £16(US$25;
17) and 100 ducklings (enough forone family business) cost £60 (US$95;
66).Knowing that other believers had sent helpto them in their time of need had atremendous impact on the Christians. Atone distribution of rice, the pastor ran tofetch all the villagers from the fields wherehe was working to come and unload thesacks. When all the people had gathered,the pastor prayed and then explained who
Burma (Myanmar): Sacks of Rice Bring Tears of Joy
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75-763A grant of £6,077 (US$9,696;
6,756)provided help for three Christianorphanages. The needs covered rangedfrom a tube well, fencing and two newkitchens to exercise books and 100ducklings for a duck-rearing project.
A new village wellA Christian couple outside their new home A Christian orphanage assisted by Barnabas
had sent the rice. “The pastor as well as allthe villagers sobbed and they could notspeak to us properly,” wrote our partner inBurma who had organized this distribution.“Tears of joy made them unable to speak.Because their situation was very bad andthey felt that the Lord had answered theirprayer like the Lord supplied manna to theIsraelites in the wilderness. They thankedthe Barnabas Fund and prayed for you.”
75-745The Chin people, who are 90% Christianand one of the poorest people groups, areknown amongst Christians in Burma fortheir loud and lively worship. But “the juntatreat them as an enemy” and no outsidersare allowed to travel into Chin State. In thiscontext of ongoing persecution, ChinChristians long for the facilities to makeand disseminate more Gospel music. Twogrants totalling £5,710 (US$9,110;
6,350)provided musical instruments andrecording equipment. The money alsocovered the purchase of a generatorbecause, as in many parts of Burma, there