Members of the LCA/NZ are being urged to pray for peace in Myanmar, where the military staged a coup d’etat and took control of the country last month.
Following an overwhelming victory by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party in elections last November, the military disputed the result, detained elected leaders, and instigated a 12-month state of emergency.
LCA International Mission works with four Myanmar churches through the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Myanmar and Pastor Matt Anker, LCA Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission, has invited Australian and New Zealand Lutherans to pray for a ‘peaceful resolution’ to the unrest in the South-East Asian nation.
‘Please join us as we pray for a peaceful resolution to this latest unrest in Myanmar, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ as they live in times of increased uncertainty and insecurity’, Pastor Matt said. ‘May our Heavenly Father send his holy angels to watch over the churches of Myanmar and the entire country and use this moment as an opportunity for the gospel of forgiveness, life and salvation to be proclaimed in this troubled country.’
Pastor Matt said a Myanmar church leader shared with him details of the situation there recently, including the public demonstrations held in response to the coup.
The church leader, who asked not to be named, said: ‘Many Christian churches, organisations and local NGOs [have issued] statements opposing this military coup. And Christians are not fearing at this time of need [to] stand up for the truth and welfare for the people of Myanmar. We invite all our brothers and sisters from Christian and non-Christian communities to protest this inhuman action by the military. Please continue to pray for the people of Myanmar.’
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