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Presbyterian World Mission’s Myanmar webinar series resumes

Prayer service to stream live on Facebook

by Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service

Photo by Sincerely Media via Unsplash

LOUISVILLE —  The second installment of a video/webinar series highlighting the Christian mission in Myanmar (formerly Burma) resumes at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday. An ecumenical prayer service commemorating the violent regime change in 2021 will broadcast live on the World Mission Facebook page.

The prayer service will include classical Burmese music, hymns and readings in Burmese from Isaiah 25 and Romans 5. There will also be a chain of prayers towards the end of the service and viewers can pray on any subject of their choice.

According to Hery Ramambasoa, World Mission’s area coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, violence continues in some regions of Myanmar, causing thousands to flee their homes, disrupting normal activities, and restricting freedom of movement and expression.

“We are concerned about the increase in violence where Christian communities have been working for several decades,” said Ramambasoa. “We pray for a rapid resolution in this conflict which is causing humanitarian disasters throughout the country and neighboring countries. Piety and harmony are part of the Myanmar culture, so the power of prayer and non-violence is important to the peace, reconciliation and rebuilding of the nation.”

The prayer service is part of a larger effort to bring about awareness of Myanmar’s complex history and social and economic development. Two webinars in the series, A History of Christian Mission in Burma and Social and Economic Issues have been rescheduled to undetermined dates due to violence in the country. The World Mission Facebook page will provide up-to-date information about the two rescheduled webinars as it becomes available.

The Presbyterian Church of Myanmar has about 30,000 members and has been a global partner of the PC(USA) for several decades. The PC(USA) supports the work of the Agape Hospital and the Theological College in the northern part of Myanmar.

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