Southeast Asia

The (re)Forgotten War

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In a dark corner of South Asia, decades of military rule and civil war have hindered development and resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Systematic persecution of majority-Christian ethnic groups remains widespread. An international outcry over war-crimes against the innocent calmed the situation some in recent years. But as other global events grab the attention of the media and political leaders, has the plight of this shadow-nation been re-forgotten? 

 Pastor G. is working toward self-sustainability.

Pastor G. is working toward self-sustainability.

 

Against this stark backdrop, we find Pastor G. Pastor G. has been laboring quietly and faithfully along the Moei River which divides Thailand and Myanmar/Burma. There, he and his wife educate and care for orphans of the war, and share what little they have to feed the refugees surrounding them. They are working hard to become self-sustainable through agriculture.

Nearly everyone he meets has lost someone in the conflict. Political maneuvers which care nothing for the people on the ground have left thousands with no UN support, no right to work, and no homes to go back to. Thanks to Alpha Relief supporters, Pastor G. is empowered to provide life-saving relief and the light of the gospel to hundreds who have run out of places to turn.

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Wearing new school uniforms and bright smiles.

Would you consider helping empower frontline leaders like Pastor G. for the fulfillment of the Great Commission?

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Deeper Into Burma (A Rare Opportunity to Reach the Oppressed)

 

Jamie is an onsite Alpha Relief partner working along the Burma border. She offers hope to thousands of impoverished orphans and families living under the oppression of the Burmese army. Her heart’s greatest desire is to pioneer new areas of the war-torn country and reach displaced villagers with the love of Christ. But the ministry is opposed by the Burmese government, requiring Jamie to operate in secret. Even with the hurdles she faces, many are finding hope in Jesus for the first time.

An opportunity recently arose to venture deeper into Burma than she had ever been before. The covert mission included a rare visit to a special site where orphaned children from the war have found refuge. Normally, the 160 children from the camp hike many hours through landmine infested jungle to reach Jamie at the Thailand border. Sometimes hiding in caves to avoid detection, Jamie disciples the children, then offers food and other living resources for their journey home and the month ahead.

The potential danger for Jamie to bring aid directly to the camp was high, requiring ten local freedom fighters to escort her and a small ministry team from the border. The area is under constant threat and the children have been attacked before by the Burmese army. Most escaped into the jungle but were traumatized as they stayed hidden for more then two days and nights without food. 

Thankfully, Jamie arrived without incident and spent two days ministering to the camp children and local village families. Special gatherings were held in the evening for worship, prayer and teaching, allowing many to come to Christ for the first time. Jamie described the danger she felt in the midst of the celebration. “Dogs would start frantically barking in the middle of the night causing me to wonder if the army was nearby. Two freedom fighters remained stationed outside our hut as our team attempted to sleep on the bamboo floor.” The Lord protected her, and Jamie now feels as though she has a deeper empathy for the daily fear the kids experience.

Ne La Uu (orphan boy): “I like living here as we have enough food. I became a Christian two years ago when I met one of your teams. I am very, very happy that you came to Burma to see us. I am still reading the Bible you gave me two years ago, and I am learning a lot about Jesus. Five years ago, the Burmese Army came and oppressed us and fought us. They were shooting guns around us. We ran very fast and we hid under tarps in the jungle. I was very scared. Last year they came again. I am so happy that you came and visited us here, and I hope you can visit us again in the future.”

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Jamie will be visiting this special camp again and has asked for our help in continuing her mission to bring the light of Jesus where it’s needed most. Would you join this unique opportunity to offer the emergency resources and discipleship these precious children so desperately need? $25 can feed an orphan for a month. $100 can provide twenty Burmese children’s Bibles. $1000 can ensure proper shelter and other essential living supplies are available.

Click on one of the below urgent needs to get involved today!

Beaten by His own Family (The Cost of Following Jesus in Indonesia)

The Cost of Following Jesus in Indonesia

Kuwat knelt in his prison room feeling his face begin to swell and his lips crack from the beating he’d just endured. This was not the first time he’d tasted his own blood for being a follower of Christ, but it was the first time he’d been beaten by someone he knew … his own family. 

Kuwat had grown up a Muslim in Indonesia. As a young man he committed himself to Islamic studies and moved away from his family to a larger city to pursue a university program. During that time he met a missionary couple, heard the Gospel, and began to follow Jesus. 

Eager to share the truth he’d discovered with other young Muslims, Kuwat began to talk about his new faith in the hostel where he was staying. That night, some of his roommates woke him with their fists, mercilessly beating him for his conversion. It was then that he began to understand the price of his transformation.

But he couldn’t fathom what would happen next. An urgent phone call revealed that his mother had suffered a heart attack. Kuwat made the long journey back as quickly as he could,  but was shocked at what he found. His mother was alive and healthy. Many of Kuwat's older relatives and some of the local mosque leaders had gathered for his arrival. It was a trap.

Kuwat's family had learned of his new faith and tricked him into returning home. When he refused to deny his belief in Jesus, he was severely beaten and locked in a room inside his parents' home, which would serve as his cell. As the days and months passed, the beatings and threats continued. His aunt attempted to poison him and his uncle suggested they cut him up and throw his body parts in the nearby river. Miraculously, his life was spared, but he felt like little more than an animal. 

Then an opportunity suddenly arose for escape. While his family was away, Kuwat managed to slip out of the house with a few possessions and buy a bus ticket. But his flight for freedom did not go unnoticed and before he could board an outbound bus, four men from his village grabbed him and attempted to drag him back home. Kuwat did the only thing he could ... he shouted at the top of his lungs, drawing the attention of nearby police. The confused abductorss released him as the officers came running, giving Kuwat just enough time to slip on the bus as it was departing. 

When Kuwat finally arrived at the home of the missionaries who led him to Christ, he was exhausted, empty-handed, and in desperate need. Your support provided this brave convert shelter, basic living resources, and most of all hope for the future. He is now working alongside the missionary family discipling other young Muslim converts in their new relationship with Jesus!

Interested in helping others like Kuwat? You will find some great ways to get involved below. Thank you for ensuring hope!