Remember 2007? Buddhist monks peacefully protested in the streets of Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). As they walked or stood, in robes of crimson and saffron, they were arrested, beaten, shot, killed, silenced. The international community was outraged, celebrities were contacted, and suddenly we were all sporting t-shirts and bracelets. Protests took place here in the US, and a campaign was started to put pressure on the illegal military junta: 30 days for a million voices, the Burma Can’t Wait campaign for freedom for the people of Burma. The new Rambo movie even highlighted the ongoing civil war in the country. Only Burma is still waiting. The fickle media attention has waned, and democratically elected ruler Ang San Suu Kyi has celebrated her 64th birthday under house arrest.
Fast forward to now. The Burmese military continues their nationwide campaign of terror, and is currently focused on the Thai/Burma border, home to many ethnic refugee camps, orphanages, and the most vulnerable. Children and families are fleeing for their lives, and Thai border police who stand watch are told they must return the children to the Burmese military so they can be killed. Most of the reports we have received through our contacts we cannot share here, for the safety of those involved. One secure way to keep in touch with the conflict is through the Thai Burma Border Consortium Website, a group dedicated to helping those in the border region.
Quest has partnered with organizations helping meet needs in the area for years, and we have pledged $3,000 from our Global Presence Foundation to provide the most vulnerable with the most needed supplies: giving food, mosquito nets, blankets, medicine and tarps to children and families. If you would like to contribute as well, give through our partner organization, World Aid. Give, and pray for these children, women and men who fight and run for their very lives. In the words of one border worker, pray that they persecutors (Saul’s) would become witnesses (Paul’s), that God would turn the hearts of the military officers and soldiers. Pray for safety for those who flee, and for freedom and peace for all people living in Burma. Shine the light.