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A Myanmar military leader sued the head of the Kachin Baptist Convention of Myanmar, accusing him of ‘knowingly giving false information’ after speaking to President Trump for less than a minute about religious persecution. […] Read More

White supremacy, nationalism and racism threaten many people of faith. Those of us undeniably privileged by our culture at birth must use that privilege to benefit those who do not move through the world as easily as we do. […] Read More

I was in Myanmar last week with a group from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. We visited churches, the Kachin Baptist Convention, a camp for internally displaced persons, two drug rehabilitation centers, two theological schools and the Fountain of Love Orphanage. At each stop, a leader invited me to say words of encouragement and then offer […] Read More

About 300 Baptists from nearly 50 nations trekked to Bangkok, Thailand, this week for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. Meeting in a predominately Buddhist nation, global Baptist leaders learned from Thai Baptists and offered encouragement to Baptists in the region. About 94 percent of the nation’s 68 million people identify as Buddhist, […] Read More

Since Baptist missionaries arrived in Myanmar nearly 200 years ago, there’s been a minority Christian population among the Karen people. In the aftermath of a devastating civil war, Karen Baptist churches have a mission to save lives in some of the country’s poorest communities. The Karen people, the second largest ethnic group in Myanmar, have […] Read More

Leaders from four faith traditions in Burma (also known as Myanmar) have called for a fuller embrace of religious freedom and increased respect between traditions, which is vital to the well-being of children who represent the future of their nation. The statement, released by Interfaith for Children, has been issued in the leadup to the […] Read More

Religious liberty restrictions were passed by the parliament of Burma (also known as Myanmar) on Aug. 21. The legislation, set forth by Buddhist monks and first drafted in late May, would increase government control over religious conversion. The proposal was initiated at the urging of a Buddhist organization connected to the 969 movement, the U.S. […] Read More

The intersection of humanitarian crises, conflicts and religious persecution was highlighted in a new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF “recommended that the United States designate all five of these nations – Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma – as ‘countries of particular concern'” (CPC). A CPC is […] Read More

A Baptist church in Burma has been closed after its pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the ruling party. Pastor Mang Tling was ordered by local police to stop holding worship services at Dawdin Baptist Church and to discontinue its nursery learning program for allegedly trying to influence voters in the recent […] Read More

“You know,” the young man across the table said, “American Christians are oppressed, too.” When I asked him to explain he simply said, “By your culture.” Then he picked up his chopsticks and returned to his bowl of rice and chicken and vegetables. He, his wife, and I were sitting in a modest Chinese restaurant […] Read More