19th October 2021

Prayer and support for our Brothers and Sisters from Myanmar


Update on Myanmar – our prayer and support is vital at this time.

The difficult situation in Myanmar is changing all the time and currently is not improving. We have 44 Chin and Karen congregations, originally from Myanmar, in our Union, who are extremely concerned and distressed for their loved ones still in Myanmar. They are often sending money to family and friends and desperately crying out to God on their behalf. 

Last Friday 15 October at our Nourish event for pastors we shared an interview with Rev Daniel Bullock and pastors from Werribee Karen Baptist Church and Melbourne Chin Church.  You can view this interview by clicking here

We invite you to continue to pray for our BUV congregations from Myanmar, for the country of Myanmar and its people.   


As you may know, in February this year a military coup began resulting in many deaths, arrests and oppression of civilians. The situation in Myanmar/Burma continues to be diabolical with people gripped by fear and fatigue as they flee violence and are unable to access everyday items, including food, shelter and medical supplies. At present, there is continued fighting and attacks by the military with many people being hurt or killed.  Many are taking refuge and hiding in the mountains or fleeing to bordering cities like Mizoram, India.  The possibility of a full-scale civil war is very real.  All this comes on top of the toll that Covid infections are also having on the population. 


Excerpt from Baptist World Alliance Statement  Click to view the full statement: bit.ly/BWAMyanmar

Recently there have been two events in Chin State of Myanmar that demands our strongest condemnation and concerted prayer. Over the weekend, a young Baptist Pastor Cung Biak Hum was shot and killed while attempting to help a church member whose home had been set on fire by military forces. He leaves behind his wife who is pregnant with their third child and two boys. 

Baptist Pastor Thian Lian Sang was robbed and arrested last week. At around 11 am on September 16th he was arrested in front of his house between 40th and 41st Streets by armed men in plain clothes. At the time of the arrest, three military vehicles and about 20 armed men on three motorcycles were involved.  After that, members of the SAC entered the house and checked the phones. Five phones were confiscated, including his mother’s as well as his wife.

“They also took 400,000 kyats. That 400,000 kyats was the money they received for the funeral of his father as of 25th of last month,” said a family member. The family members said he has just recovered from Covid19 and still not well yet. It is not yet known why he was arrested and but people close to him say the pastor is politically neutral.

We call for the immediate release of Rev. Thian Lian Sang.

We also call for those who killed Rev. Cung Biak Hum to be held legally responsible, and we ask for restoration of the homes burned by the military.

 A joint press release has been issued by the BWA, APBF and the Women’s Ministries. We call upon the military junta to restore religious freedom, human rights, and peace through dialogue across Chin State and Myanmar as a whole.


Here at the BUV, we are a union, Together on Mission.  We have 44 local Chin, Karen and other Burmese congregations, originally from Myanmar, in our Union, who are extremely concerned and distressed for their loved ones still in Myanmar.  They are often sending money to family and friends and desperately crying out to God on their behalf. 


We invite you to please pray for our BUV congregations from Myanmar, for the country of Myanmar and its people.   

A way of standing in solidarity is to reach out to a neighbouring BUV congregation from Myanmar and ask how you can pray specifically or support them.  We have a listed below and have indicated on a Google Map where our BUV Burmese congregations are located in relation to all of our BUV churches. If you have a congregation from Myanmar in close proximity to your church or your home, why not reach out to them and see what support you can be to them.  If you don’t have a congregation nearby, feel free to talk to your Regional Pastor about how you can be support Burmese congregations in our Union.



Congregation NameBilling Address Line 1Billing CityPostal CodeWebsite
Australia Zophei Church IncWestern English Language School, 46 South RoadBRAYBROOK3019 
Australia Zotung Church618 Melbourne RoadSpotswood3015 
Australian Gospel Baptist Churchc/ Hansen Park Pre SchoolKilsyth3137 
Chin Baptist Church Inc11-15 Hampton AveSUNSHINE3020 
Chin Baptist Church Pakenham1 Bentley CourtPakenham3810 
Chin Christian Church Melbourne178 Lincoln RoadCROYDON3136 
Cloverdale Karen Baptist Churchc/- Cloverdale Baptist Church, 230 Purnell RdCorio3214 
Croydon Hills Baptist Church6-8 Bemboka RdCROYDON HILLS3136www.chbc.org.au
Ebenezer Karen Baptist Church156 Purnell RoadCorio3214 
Falam Baptist Church Melbourne Inc31 Russell StreetWerribee3030 
Gospel Baptist Church Melbourne57 Wantirna RdRingwood3134 
Grace Baptist Church of Melbourne21 Cooke AveSunshine North3020 
Htoo Moo Plaw Baptist ChurchBendigo Baptist Church, 757 McIvor HighwayJunortoun3551 
Kachin Baptist ChurchFootscray Baptist Church, 60 Paisley StreetFootscray3011www.facebook.com/KBCMelbourne
Kangaroo Flat Karen Baptist Church32 – 38 Church StKANGAROO FLAT3555 
Kilsyth South Baptist Church382-388 Liverpool RoadKILSYTH SOUTH3137www.ksbc.org.au
Kingsville Zotung Baptist Church381 Geelong RoadYARRAVILLE3013 
Lai Christian Church MelbourneMitcham Baptist Church, 8-12 Simla StMITCHAM3132 
Lutuv Baptist Church66 Cornwall RoadSunshine3020 
Mara Christian Church of Victoria17-19 Ormond AvenueSUNSHINE3020 
Matu Immanuel Church1/26 Devonshire RdSunshine3020 
Melbourne Agape Baptist Church17-19 Falconer RdBoronia3155 
Melbourne Chin Church315 Mason St, (rear of St. Leo Catholic Church)ALTONA NORTH3025www.melbournechinchurch.com
Melbourne Immanuel Baptist ChurchHeathmont Baptist Church, 78 Cuthbert StHEATHMONT3135 
Melbourne Karen Baptist Church152-154 Bellbridge DriveHOPPERS CROSSING3029 
Melbourne Karenni Baptist Community Church IncC/-Christ Centred Ministry, 6 Gildan CourtHoppers Crossing3029 
Melbourne Matu Baptist Church Inc3 Vule StSt Albans3021 
Melbourne Mizo ChurchMaroondah Family Church, 44 Dublin RdRINGWOOD EAST3135 
Melbourne Siyin Burmese Mission Church30 Lennon ParkwayDerrimut3030 
Melbourne Thadou Baptist Church1 Ashton CrescentHoppers Crossing3029 
Nhill K’Nyaw Baptist ChurchC/-Nhill Uniting Church, 16 Pine StreetNhill3418 
Noble Park Karen Baptist ChurchC/- Mordialloc Baptist Church, 48-52 Warren RoadMordialloc3195 
Pwo Karen Baptist Church Victoria26 Mason StNEWPORT3015 
Shalom Church of Melbourne239-241 Station RoadMelton3337 
Shepherd Centre Church5 Armytage WayWyndham Vale3024 
Victoria Gospel Baptist ChurchBlackwood drive community hallMelton South3338 
Victorian Chin Baptist Church55-57 Lusher RoadCROYDON3136www.vcbc.com.au
Victorian Matu Christian Church116 Robinsons RoadDeer Park3023 
Victorian New Creation ChurchC/- Knox Presbyterian Church, 358 Mountain HighwayWantirna3152 
Werribee Karen Baptist Church225 Heaths RdWerribee3030wkbc.net
Westgate Karen Baptist Community Church16 High StreetYARRAVILLE3013 
Zomi Baptist Church Victoria320/340 Wonga RoadWarranwood3134 
Zomi Mission ChurchLilydale Baptist Church, 305 Swansea RoadLILYDALE3140www.melbournezcf.com.au
Zotung Baptist Churchc/- Hope of Life Community Church, 8 Watt StSUNSHINE3020 

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