20th September 2021

Prayer and support for our Brothers and Sisters from Myanmar

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 Name Billing Address Line 1 Billing City Postal Code Website
Australia Zophei Church Inc Western English Language School, 46 South Road BRAYBROOK 3019  
Australia Zotung Church 618 Melbourne Road Spotswood 3015  
Australian Gospel Baptist Church c/ Hansen Park Pre School Kilsyth 3137  
Chin Baptist Church Inc 11-15 Hampton Ave SUNSHINE 3020  
Chin Baptist Church Pakenham 1 Bentley Court Pakenham 3810  
Chin Christian Church Melbourne 178 Lincoln Road CROYDON 3136  
Cloverdale Karen Baptist Church c/- Cloverdale Baptist Church, 230 Purnell Rd Corio 3214  
Croydon Hills Baptist Church 6-8 Bemboka Rd CROYDON HILLS 3136 www.chbc.org.au
Ebenezer Karen Baptist Church 156 Purnell Road Corio 3214  
Falam Baptist Church Melbourne Inc 31 Russell Street Werribee 3030  
Gospel Baptist Church Melbourne 57 Wantirna Rd Ringwood 3134  
Grace Baptist Church of Melbourne 21 Cooke Ave Sunshine North 3020  
Htoo Moo Plaw Baptist Church Bendigo Baptist Church, 757 McIvor Highway Junortoun 3551  
Kachin Baptist Church Footscray Baptist Church, 60 Paisley Street Footscray 3011 www.facebook.com/KBCMelbourne
Kangaroo Flat Karen Baptist Church 32 – 38 Church St KANGAROO FLAT 3555  
Kilsyth South Baptist Church 382-388 Liverpool Road KILSYTH SOUTH 3137 www.ksbc.org.au
Kingsville Zotung Baptist Church 381 Geelong Road YARRAVILLE 3013  
Lai Christian Church Melbourne Mitcham Baptist Church, 8-12 Simla St MITCHAM 3132  
Lutuv Baptist Church 66 Cornwall Road Sunshine 3020  
Mara Christian Church of Victoria 17-19 Ormond Avenue SUNSHINE 3020  
Matu Immanuel Church 1/26 Devonshire Rd Sunshine 3020  
Melbourne Agape Baptist Church 17-19 Falconer Rd Boronia 3155  
Melbourne Chin Church 315 Mason St, (rear of St. Leo Catholic Church) ALTONA NORTH 3025 www.melbournechinchurch.com
Melbourne Immanuel Baptist Church Heathmont Baptist Church, 78 Cuthbert St HEATHMONT 3135  
Melbourne Karen Baptist Church 152-154 Bellbridge Drive HOPPERS CROSSING 3029  
Melbourne Karenni Baptist Community Church Inc C/-Christ Centred Ministry, 6 Gildan Court Hoppers Crossing 3029  
Melbourne Matu Baptist Church Inc 3 Vule St St Albans 3021  
Melbourne Mizo Church Maroondah Family Church, 44 Dublin Rd RINGWOOD EAST 3135  
Melbourne Siyin Burmese Mission Church 30 Lennon Parkway Derrimut 3030  
Melbourne Thadou Baptist Church 1 Ashton Crescent Hoppers Crossing 3029  
Nhill K’Nyaw Baptist Church C/-Nhill Uniting Church, 16 Pine Street Nhill 3418  
Noble Park Karen Baptist Church C/- Mordialloc Baptist Church, 48-52 Warren Road Mordialloc 3195  
Pwo Karen Baptist Church Victoria 26 Mason St NEWPORT 3015  
Shalom Church of Melbourne 239-241 Station Road Melton 3337  
Shepherd Centre Church 5 Armytage Way Wyndham Vale 3024  
Victoria Gospel Baptist Church Blackwood drive community hall Melton South 3338  
Victorian Chin Baptist Church 55-57 Lusher Road CROYDON 3136 www.vcbc.com.au
Victorian Matu Christian Church 116 Robinsons Road Deer Park 3023  
Victorian New Creation Church C/- Knox Presbyterian Church, 358 Mountain Highway Wantirna 3152  
Werribee Karen Baptist Church 225 Heaths Rd Werribee 3030 wkbc.net
Westgate Karen Baptist Community Church 16 High Street YARRAVILLE 3013  
Zomi Baptist Church Victoria 320/340 Wonga Road Warranwood 3134  
Zomi Mission Church Lilydale Baptist Church, 305 Swansea Road LILYDALE 3140 www.melbournezcf.com.au
Zotung Baptist Church c/- Hope of Life Community Church, 8 Watt St SUNSHINE 3020  

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