A call to all Victorian Baptist churches and communities of faith to schedule a MYANMAR SUNDAY in your church calendar and join together with many others to pray, advocate and raise funds for the people of Myanmar, particularly those of the Karen, Chin and Kachin states.
Prior to the war, the Baptist church in Myanmar was the fastest growing church in the world with 1.7 million Baptists. But the last 2 years, since the military coup in February 2021, have been horrific. Many families have lost their homes and are in hiding in the jungle from the ongoing military air strikes and attacks. The military has shot protesters in the street, released bombs that have burned entire communities and used brute force against anyone who has pressed for peace. Many have experienced the violence of a military willing to use whatever force is necessary in order to maintain their power over the people. Several prominent Baptist leaders have been arrested and remain in prison.
Within the BUV, 56 (16%) of our church congregations originate from different ethnic groups within Myanmar. These churches are both supporting their local congregation members and families and communities back in Myanmar. We ask that you set aside time in your service for a time of reflection, prayer and offering for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar who are facing ongoing hardship and are in urgent need of emergency relief supplies. Funds raised will be directed to Baptist Mission Australia who have secure channels for the distribution of funds to each of the Chin (including Haka Chin), Kachin and Karen states.
Please find below useful resources such as powerpoint presentation, video, prayer, advocacy and fundraising resources that you can use in your service. If you would like to organise a speaker for a portion of your service, please email email@example.com
The National Day of Prayer for Myanmar was also held on Sunday April 30th and was a powerful show of ecumenical and interfaith support for the peoples of Myanmar.
Thankyou for considering including a Myanmar Sunday in your church calendar.
How you or your church can be involved
Stand with Myanmar Appeal (in partnership with Baptist Mission Australia)
Download here your giving slip to be printed and handed out on the day
EFT direct deposit information for church offering donations:
BSB Number: 013 247
Account Number: 296 138 403
Payee Account Name: Baptist Mission Australia
Reference: *Church Name* Myanmar
Download our one page resource to be utilised during prayers within the service or for use within an individual context
National Day of Prayer for Just Peace in Myanmar
Ecumenical and Interfaith Prayer Service at Collins St Baptist Church 5pm, 30th April
Watch the Live stream of service
You tube link – https://www.youtube.com/@csbc311/streams
For media release and flyer click here
Write to your MP to express your concerns – Download a letter template you may like to use detailing the “asks”.
Resources for promoting in your church context:
Check out the video of Rev Daniel Bullock chatting with Pastor Peacefully about the current situation in Myanmar.
Watch also, Scott Pilgrim from Baptist Mission Australia share stories and thanks for supporting the Stan with Myanmar appeal
Newsletter banners and imagery
Download the available are images options for to utilise in your electronic and printed newsletters
Download a ready made powerpoint presentation to show within your worship to explain the importance of this significant day
Download Social media tiles and resource guide for you to utilise in the applicable social media accounts, and suggested message, mentions and hash tags
Myanmar Sunday is an initiative of the Baptist Union of Victoria and is in partnership with Baptist Mission Australia and the Stand with Myanmar Appeal