Rohingya Christians’ Homes Destroyed by Muslim Extremists
According to a 2012 Amnesty International report, an estimated 140,000 Rohingya people have been internally displaced within Burma. Three years ago, religious and ethnic tensions between the Rohingya Muslims and the Rakhine Buddhists, who make up the majority of the population, escalated into widespread, deadly rioting.
In Rakhine State, the homes of seven Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) were recently destroyed during an attack on their camp by approximately 25 Muslims. During the October 4 attack, the mob also threatened the leader of the camp with death, prompting him to make plans to move to another city next month. Others from the camp are taking refuge in another country.
The believers do not want to report the case to the UNCHR because they are afraid that if they do, the Muslims will give them more trouble. Please pray for God to protect these MBBs, especially their camp leader who has received death threats. Pray that the Lord would provide for repair and restoration of the homes that were destroyed and protect the Rohingya MBBs from Myanmar, both those who have chosen to remain and those who are taking refuge in another country.
Father, we do pray today for the Rhingya Muslim Background Believers who have been left homeless and who are threatened because they follow Christ Jesus. Keep them safely in Your care and provide homes and food and clothing, protection from the storms of life, both those whose source is weather and storms driven by spiritual forces. We pray for those who have fled to other countries, that they will know You as their Immanuel, “God with us.” Grant them, we ask, safe travels, especially those who travel across seas, and provide places of refuge in the new land. We pray, too, for the Muslim Rhinaya who also suffer persecution. They live in spiritual darkness–bring them, Father, into the light of the gospel that they might serve You, the One True and Living God. In the name of Jesus—Immanuel, God with us. Amen.