Pray for the Rohingya
Anyone who follows the news is aware of the persecution Christians suffer at the hands of Muslims. Few people are aware of the fact that a Muslim people known as the Rohingya, who live in Myanmar, face persecution by the Buddhist population of that country.
The Rohingya are often said to be the world‘s most persecuted minority. They are an ethnic Muslim group in the majority Buddhist country and make up around one million of the total 50 million population.
They hail from the country‘s northwest and speak a Bengali dialect. Almost all live in Rakhine, one of the poorest states, with a population of three million.
About 140,000 Rohingya in the Rakhine state live in ghetto-like camps that they can‘t leave without government permission.
It is a tragedy when Christians are persecuted but they will be rewarded for their suffering after they die.
This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
It is an even greater tragedy for non-Christians to be persecuted because for them death will bring them before God to face his judgment on their sins. We must pray that the Rohingya will have the opportunity to hear the gospel and trust in Christ for salvation. A few organizations, such as Christian Aid Mission, are preaching the gospel to them and helping them in other ways.
Following the 2012 riots, the Burmese ministry sought to share the gospel with both Muslims and Buddhists in the area. They also assisted Christian villagers and missionary families caught in the middle of the conflict.
In addition to the 800,000 Rohingya living in Burma, 300,000 are in Bangladesh, 200,000 in Pakistan, and 100,000 in Thailand.
“Please keep praying for the Rohingya, that we can preach the gospel to them and win this people group to the Lord,” said the leader of the ministry in Bangladesh. “We can also stand beside them to provide their physical needs, especially food, housing, wells, latrines, medical care, and education for their children.”
“We are not afraid to preach the truth, and there is no truth except the Lord Jesus,” he said.
We need to pray for the success of their efforts to reach the Rohingya with the gospel.