Bamboo crops were destroyed, and many homes, churches and businesses were damaged. This area already suffered great economic trouble from government instability, religious persecution and insurgent violence. Military and junta blockades complicated efforts to get relief into affected communities and are affecting churches throughout the country.
ReachGlobal Crisis Response and ReachGlobal Asia Division are partnering with the Evangelical Free Church of Myanmar to reach these communities. Several villages in the impacted region already had existing churches or church plants, while others are still being developed for future church planting.
National churches are already meeting with community leaders to collaborate for the response and are working to address the immediate food and medical needs created by Cyclone Mocha and this summer’s continued flooding.
Community efforts including malaria prevention, symptom alleviation and clean water projects will increase the quality of life of the overall community, which creates opportunities to witness to Buddhist neighbors. In the future, church-run boarding houses will allow Christian students access to education without having to live at Buddhist monasteries, allowing for a brighter economic future without having to compromise their faith.
- An end to the violence and instability in Myanmar, especially in the flooded regions that need the most aid
- Safe access for our partners to deliver medication and food supplies to the flooded communities
- Fruitful connections in Rakhine communities where churches are being planted and open hearts to accept the hope of the gospel
- Dry weather to clear up the remaining flooding and alleviate some of the water-borne illnesses
Cyclone Mocha and the recent flooding have opened the door for the spread of the gospel and our church partners are eager to bring real help and real hope to this region. Your gift will sustain long-term outreach and church planting initiatives among the Rakhine people.
You can be a part of the response in Myanmar by giving online or mailing a check designated Myanmar Flood Response - 21709-3989 to: