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Hold the Ropes for Myanmar

Hold the Ropes for Myanmar

In early February 2021, the military junta of Myanmar staged a coup to contravene the results of the Parliamentary elections as it was not in their favor. Martial law was declared, communication lines were cut, opposition leaders jailed, and hundreds of demonstrators killed. The world was quick to condemn the reversal of democracy in the nation.

We have continually interceded for our leaders, members, and church in Myanmar but get very little information as communication is limited and monitored. Nevertheless, our pastor was able to send a letter to us a few weeks ago. This was the first time we have heard from Pastor John in a year:

“Mingalaba! Warm greetings! Shalom! First of all, we are doing well and stand firm in our faith by His Grace through your prayer. We trust that you are holding the ropes for us from your end. Myanmar is still crossing her darkest days without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. In these darkest hours, many times, we sob. We feel dismayed. We are afraid and disappointed. However, we choose to preach the word, make disciples, pray for the sick, and encourage one another. The joy of the Lord is our strength!”

Pastor John continued to describe their current realities: daily gun battles, deaths, thousands of houses burned in villages, relatives and friends still in hiding, explosions, check points. The value of the local currency is now just a third of its value before the coup. That would be equivalent to the Philippine peso dropping to USD 1 = PHP 150! In response, the church started the Food Basket Project, where they distribute rice and cooking oil to 120 families every month.

The best news is that Every Nation Myanmar is back meeting onsite. Around 80 of our church members are willing to brave the dangers of just getting to church on Sundays, coupled with COVID protocols that are still enforced. Most church activities and programs are now being run through small groups, where many Burmese are coming to Christ and getting baptized. Even this is clouded with risk, as new attendees could actually be police informants. Every church service and small group meeting is a step of faith. 

Our pastors and leaders in Myanmar are true heroes of the faith. They constantly put their lives on the line for the sake of the people God entrusted to them. They are our brothers and sisters. Let us do our part by regularly holding them up in prayer.

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for the safety of our pastors, leaders, church members, and their families. Ask God for protection. May our church and the people be surrounded especially when they gather together. Pray for discernment against spies and informants. 
  2. Believe God for provision for our church members as they experience hyperinflation. Intercede for open doors for the gospel and favor in the community as they continue to bless families through their Food Basket Project.
  3. Pray for the families of our full-time workers, especially their children. May they be filled with grace as they pursue their schooling despite circumstances. They are believing for scholarships so they can pursue studies outside Myanmar.
  4. Intercede for the Burmese people to open their hearts to God and the gospel during this time of crisis in their nation.

Every Nation is a global family of churches and campus ministries, of which Victory is a founding member.

We are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). This is the reason we value world missions as a church and persistently pray for the nations every month.

Pray for the Political Turmoil in Myanmar

Pray for the Political Turmoil in Myanmar

“From day one, the situation is now hourly changing.” That is how Pastor John, senior pastor of Every Nation Myanmar, described the situation in the first of five updates he has sent to friends outside. He described how, in the early hours of February 1, the ruling military junta staged a coup before the newly elected Parliament members could hold their first session. All communication lines (telephone, media, internet) were cut and opposition leaders were arrested which left the people of Myanmar unaware of what was happening until later that day. The outside world was first to know, and Pastor John himself only learned what was happening through the messages of friends from outside much later. Since then, martial law has been declared and lines of communication are intermittent.

The people have gone out and participated in daily acts of unprecedented civil disobedience as displays of defiance and courage. People have refused to report to work to cripple the nation, have engaged in a nightly noise barrage, and have openly demonstrated on the streets in the thousands.

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But there are troubling signs ahead. The Burmese military junta has always brutally repressed all forms of protest since it took power over thirty years ago. Fake news is intentionally being spread to create confusion. There are constant nighttime arrests. A reported 23,000 prisoners were released to burn houses down. Local communities have organized themselves street by street to protect their homes from these armed criminals. Members of Parliament who have not been arrested organized themselves into a government so there are technically two governments now. All Covid-19 protocols and reports are being neglected.

Pastor Carlo Ratilla, who serves on our Missions Team and in Victory Santa Rosa, planted our church in Myanmar in 2002 together with his family. According to Pastor Carlo, during their time in Myanmar under military rule, “We encountered and ministered to a lot of young people who felt they had lost their hope, freedom, and future. It saddens me to know that the military regime has gone back to full control. But in the midst of this very difficult and dark time, what gives me hope is that we have our church community who is responding by regularly praying for peace and forgiveness towards the military regime and its leaders. I have hope that God is going to do something greater than what we have seen before. A transformation is coming to this nation. Let’s continue to pray!”

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Pastor John rallied the church to pray as families, in small groups, and as a church through a weekly online prayer meeting. They have also joined a prayer chain with the rest of the body of Christ. Pastor John is asking us to intercede for the nation and their church, “We cannot be feeble and shabby. We need to stand up and call upon the name of God. That is what we are going to do every day. Only Yahweh can save Myanmar. So my dear friends, would you hold the rope on the other end for us? In our desperation, may the name of the Lord be blessed in Myanmar. May El Shaddai turn this situation into a beautiful and wonderful thing for He is awesome. Will you pray with us?”


Pray for Freedom and Justice. Ask God for the integrity of the recent elections to be upheld and for the rightfully elected leaders to be set in place. Pray that the long and slow path to democracy that Myanmar has been on since 2010 will not be hindered by these recent events.

Pray for Peace. Intercede against the outbreak of violence on all sides. Intercede that the government, military, and demonstrators would value all life and property. Pray that the intentional acts of violence against innocent people and property will completely cease.

Pray for Unity. Myanmar is made up of over a hundred distinct tribes with strong cultural and political differences. Pray that this current crisis unites them as one people.

Pray for the Church. Ask God that Every Nation Myanmar and the body of Christ there will become witnesses for His kingdom during this great trial in their nation’s history. Pray that this Buddhist nation will be drawn to God and His gospel through the example and faith of Christian Burmese. Intercede also for wisdom and discernment for all Christian leaders in the nation to know how to respond and lead His Church at this time.

Every Nation is a global family of churches and campus ministries, of which Victory is a founding member.

We are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). This is the reason we value world missions as a church and persistently pray for the nations. Starting today, we will be posting prayer points for different nations every month.

To learn more about the events in Myanmar, you can read the news in the links below.

Faith for the Nations

Faith for the Nations

Lyn Abad, an upcoming campus minister from Victory Ortigas, shares her experiences on what it means to reach the nations through a Ten Days mission trip.

I’ve always had a desire to reach out to Buddhist countries. I believe God gave me a burden to reach out to the people from these nations. He honored that desire when in 2012, I took part in my first Ten Days mission trip in Macau. I was able to participate in another mission trip in Myanmar, another Buddhist nation, shortly after.

Joining a Ten Days mission trip involves enlarging your vision and territory, for you to be used in different parts of the world. One of the challenges I encountered was overcoming my natural shyness to talk to people I didn’t know—from a different culture, no less! I learned to trust God with regard to my shyness. Didn’t He say in His Word that we can do all things through Him, who gives us strength?

I also discovered that engaging people isn’t just about making friends with them and finding out about common interests—it also involves imparting to others who God is, in terms of who He is. In one of my mission trips, for instance, my teammates and I got to talk to young people who were asking about the earth, how the universe came to be, and the existence of God. This was a beautiful opportunity to share about creation, and most importantly, the Creator.

Lyn and her teammates engaged Macanese in different sporting activities
Lyn and her teammates engaged Macanese in different sporting activities

Part of being in a Ten Days mission trip includes raising funds for ministry support. The entire process of the mission trip was challenging in a faith-stretching way! It really takes faith to believe God to provide for everything that you need.

My faith was also stretched in terms of trusting God as my healer. Two weeks prior to my second mission trip, I had to undergo an operation. I was already discouraged from pushing through with the actual trip, and experienced pain even up to a few days before the trip, but I believed God for my speedy healing. I had faith that He would bring me complete healing, and at the same time be able to go to the nations. What’s interesting is, when I set foot in our destination, I didn’t experience any pain at all. God healed me completely so I could do the work He’s called me to do!

Another facet that made me so encouraged about joining short-term missions is the character molding I experienced. I got to be in a team with different people of different personalities and temperaments. God really taught me about unity–that I should fight for it, not shift blame to other people, but really step out in faith to love them.

Overall, a Ten Days mission trip is a life-changing experience. If God has called you to go and reach the nations for Him, no one can stop you from doing this!