The World Looks at Burma
I guess I will never know all that God intends to do with the country of Burma but there are some things that have happened in recent years that has caused the world to pay attention to this small Southeast Asian country.
Twelve years ago, Burmese native Aung San Suu Kyi., won the Noble Peace Prize. She was subsequently put under house arrest.
Around three years ago my friend Tom White with the Voice of the Martyrs called for prayer for the people of Burma, highlighting it in their monthly magazine.
About two years ago the Buddhist monks of Burma protested against the government and were incarcerated.
A couple of months ago cyclone Nargis devasted Burma and many people died from a tidal surge. First lady, Laura Bush, had an unprecedented press conference requesting the free flow of emergency provisions in the light of the recent cyclone.
Two weeks ago international publication Reader’s Digest, did an article in the July, 2008 edition on page 128 about the plight of the Burmese.
When you take all of these things together you see a great big spot light on Burma with the international community asking the question of the ruling military junta, “What in the world are you doing to your people?” Although the human suffering and death is hard to accept, I wonder if there might be some global perspective changes ahead for the people of Burma. We need to pray for the people of Burma. Particularly lift up the Christians who are being subjected to persecution and martyrdom.
In case you wonder why I call this country Burma, it is because our nation, America, has never recognized the military junta. The politically correct have adopted the illegal junta’s name of Myanmar.