Myanmar military burns Baptist church to the ground

by Seth Udinski
Myanmar military burns Baptist church to the ground

Seth Udinski, FISM News

 

Christians around the world continue to come under fire for their faith. Unfortunately in Myanmar last week that platitude became a reality, as the state military burned a town inhabited by many Christians to the ground, destroying the local Baptist church.

Reports from the country have revealed that the military attacked Rialti village late last week. People from the area have indicated that the entire village was damaged, and many of the buildings were destroyed. One of the those buildings was the Rialti Village Baptist Church.

A human rights group in India called the crime a violation of religious freedom and an act of war.

One local believer said on Thursday after the attack:

This morning, it was the church and our warehouse — those two were set on fire earlier this morning and at about 9 a.m., the remaining three houses. All were gone in a short while. The whole village, including the church, was set on fire. Eight houses were torched yesterday. In all, 13 buildings, including the church, were destroyed.

Christians, particularly Baptists, have ministered with effectiveness in this region since the 19th century, when the faithful missionary Adoniram Judson began his ministry there. Judson faced severe persecution in Myanmar (known as Burma in Judson’s time), and so do Christians in the region today. Some sources indicate that this is now the eighth attack against a Christian church in the region in as many months.

Christians represent only 6% of the region’s Buddhist-dominated population.

International Christian Concern said:

The military together with Ma Ba Tha has targeted the Muslims in the country, but they also go after Christians. Once they get a hold of the power, they might resort to things they were doing before they passed the power to the civilian government. They kill. They rape minority Christians.

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