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God bless you as you serve Him this week. Today I read an update on the persecuted church in Burma. Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most oppressed nations in the world. The Kachin people of Myanmar are mostly Christian. The Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin sent out this email:

Ten people were killed (all children) and 27 were injured on Sunday evening 13 November when a parcel bomb was thrown into an orphanage in Myitkyinar, Kachin State, during a study. The  owner-manager of the orphanage, Dayaung Tangoon, was away travelling with Christian pastors at the time. Though Tangoon, a leader in the  Kachin community, lost a son, a daughter and grandchild in the attack, he was arrested. Meanwhile the 27 wounded, including Tangoon's wife,  are in hospital, barred from receiving visitors. Furthermore, the  regime is deploying chemical weapons against the Kachin. Residents of  Mai Ja Yang village recently fled their homes reporting toxic and caustic 'yellow rain'. Likewise, residents fleeing Prang Ngawn village  in western Kachin also reported that a plane had delivered 'yellow rain' to their village. On 17 November the Association of Southeast  Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that Myanmar ( Burma ) will chair ASEAN  in 2014. Pray for the besieged Christian Kachin of northern Burma.

If you are interested in receiving weekly updates on the persecuted church from the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, email: [email protected]. Why don’t you pause and pray for the persecuted church of Myanmar?

Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  Hebrews 13:3

During Advent we are focussing on Christ in Luke’s Gospel: His glory, grace and mission. As we work through Luke, let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will overcome us with the glory of the King and the beauty of His restorative reign.

You might like to read through Luke’s Gospel between now and Christmas. About a chapter a day will get you there!