April 04, 2022

Hope for Persecuted and Displaced Rohingya

The Rohingya, a Muslim people group from Myanmar (a Buddhist majority country), is one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. Myanmar’s successive military rulers have waged violent campaigns against non-Buddhist minorities. The conflict with the Rohingya climaxed in 2017 when the military reportedly burned hundreds of their villages and tortured and killed many.

Nearly one million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh and now survive in the world’s largest refugee camp, where conditions are horrendous, and hope can be hard to find.

“The military attacked our village,” said a Rohingya man named Aslam, with tears in his eyes. “We had no time. I grabbed my family, and we began to run into the forest. But my 10-year-old son was shot and killed. There was nothing I could do but watch him die.” 

Aslam now lives in an overcrowded refugee camp. But God is drawing near to him, and fellow displaced Rohingya. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit,” says Psalm 34:18.

Babu, a young Rohingya fisherman, came to faith in Jesus and was baptized in 2017. Now, much like Jesus’ disciples, Babu is a fisher of men and women; he has led many family members and friends to Christ.

“More of my people need to hear this message,” says Babu. “Please tell the other village.”

Now Babu and other believers minister in the refugee camps, sharing Jesus and distributing audio Bibles in the Rohingya language. 

Pray that God will send more people like Babu to fulfill Isaiah’s vision: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8).

  • Pray that Rohingya refugees in the Bangladesh refugee camps would hear and embrace the Gospel.
  • Ask God to raise up more laborers to engage the Rohingya (Luke 10:2) in Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia.
  • Pray that those like Aslam, who have experienced significant loss and suffering, may find peace and a future through knowing the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3-7).

 

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