Burma Background

ActionOverseas has partnered with Stand By Me, a global movement of people who rescue kids in crisis, to come to the aid of children in Burma. In 2009 land was purchased, staff trained and four homes built to cater for 48 young children who have no parents to care for them. The teachers come from a nearby Bible college where ActionOverseas has a good relationship with the principal. It is our hope that all children will come to accept Jesus as their saviour during their stay at the home.

Visits are made twice a year by teams from the UK to promote and assist with the work in these homes. Such encouraging progress is evident to see as each child has his or her own bunk bed with a comfortable mattress, which they are very proud to show you, this is something many Burmese children do not have. They attend a local school, have clean clothes and nourishing food, and are surrounded by loving, caring Christian people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to care for them.

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Burma - Latest Report

Update November 2016.......A team has recently visited Burma.

Carol Jenkins and Rachel Bainbridge report on their trip.

'The team which included Pastor Glen Chaplin and his wife Sarah and ourselves spent time with both the children in the home and the students in the Bible College.

The Children's Home

On the Saturday we spent the day with the 49 children and 6 staff at the village. The children looked healthy and happy. Recently two new children had arrived at the home, both boys. One of whom is only 18 months old. This little boy has a diagnosis of T.B, but whilst we were there he was happily running around with the other children. 

The children took part in a day of 'Sunday school' style activities, including: bible teaching, games, worship and fun. It was immensely enjoyable for the children and the team and it enabled us to share on the theme of 'running the race' and how we can prepare for the challenges of this in our lives. It was great to see the children engage with worship and sing songs we had taught them in previous years,  it was a real blessing to witness this. 

We were able to buy lunch for the staff and children and this provided a lovely opportunity to eat and share together. 

Children and families connected to the dance school we run had put together pencil cases with stationary and equipment for school inside and a booklet about being a Christian. Each child received one of these and in addition to this, Glen was able to provide each one with pocket money. 

The following day saw us in church, where members of the team provided teaching, preaching, worship and children's ministry. There were one or two new faces in church which was great to see.

During the afternoon we were back at the children's village with the children and staff, playing games and making crafts, we were blessed to hear the children's excitement and laughter as they took part. 

We were able to provide money to enable them to mend the children's bikes and also to fix the taps, quite a few in the homes had become blocked and stopped working.  Money was also given for the provision of the bus that enables the children to attend church. A guitar was purchased and given to enable Lydia to continue teaching the children songs, as her own, much used guitar had broken. 

A few of the older children who have done very well academically, now attend a private school which is enabling them to make great progress in their education. 

The Bible College

The college currently has 18 students, which is fewer than in previous years. It was a pleasure to meet the new first year students, they seemed happy and positive about the future.

Members of the team provided bible teaching on the themes of practical help from the gospels, worship and the bible characters Peter and Paul. 

Afternoons were spent doing more 'Hands on' practical based things, Sarah taught a few students the basics of keyboard playing - they managed to learn to play a few songs, which was a great achievement. We worked with the rest of the students giving them practical ideas and experiences on working with children, which many of the college students will have to do during their time at the college.  The combination of sharing bible teaching and practical input seemed to be effective and was appreciated a lot. 

The team were able to take the students out to lunch at a nearby restaurant, this was a great opportunity to chat and get to know a few of them better.

An electronic keyboard was purchased for the bible college and money given to help with the provision of food for the students in the college. Many of them cannot afford to pay the basic fees to attend the college and so some times this shortfall of funding has an impact upon the provision of basic needs, such as food

Please Pray for Burma

Pray for the newest member of the children's village, that the T.B would be healed and he would continue to settle in well.

Pray for God's provision to enable the bible college students to complete their studies.

Pray for Burma as this is a rapidly changing country with many difficulties for the people.'

 



 

 

Burma - Special Report

Burma Profile

Burma was once a prosperous country with thriving agriculture, rich deposits of jade and extensive timber industries; it was known as the Golden Land. However a cruel and military junta, persecution and corruption have resulted in poverty, starvation, hunger, child prostitution and the largest percentage of child soldiers in any country in the world. Until recently isolation and persecution of Christians and the closure of churches was an everyday occurrence. One million people live in the forests of Burma still afraid of the government forces.

There is a glimmer of hope for the country as a new government has come into power and progress is slowly being made. Some aid is now reaching the country from the UK, with an aim to tackle malaria, reduce child mortality and enable children to build their future. This is still only a tiny proportion of that truly required by the nation.

The country is still predominantly Buddhist with some 89% of the population following this religion. Christianity meanwhile accounts for only 4%, with people facing attack and persecution by the military. In early 2012 talks between the government and Christian leaders were held, there is hope these will lead to an end of the sixty year conflict within the nation but there is a long way to go as the conflict, the warfare, the death of civilians, and attacks specifically targeting Christians are long running issues.

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