March 1 prayer meeting to lift up people of Myanmar
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/1/21)—The second of monthly prayer meetings hosted by the Burma Refugee Commission will be held at 7 p.m. EST March 1 to lift up the people of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and those of diaspora churches and communities in the United States. The first meeting was held on Feb. 1, 2021, when the Myanmar military launched a coup to overturn the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) Nov. 8, 2020, landslide win. The Burma Refugee Commission is committed to holding monthly prayer meetings throughout 2021.
The military surge has included the arrests of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other NLD leaders. Protesters are pleading for world leaders—including U.S. President Joe Biden, the U.S. National Security Council and United Nations Security Council—to urge the immediate release of detainees. As civilians are being shot and killed in Myanmar, diaspora members in U.S. churches are protesting in their respective cities and at the Union of Myanmar Embassy in Washington, D.C.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies has been working vigorously with diaspora churches and leaders since resettlement began in 2006. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods, interim general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, church leaders, mission partners as well as the diaspora communities in the U.S. have written letters to government officials.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.