Photo: A Rohingya child learning to pray to God by closing her eyes with her hands. It was great to see a Rohingya child praying. We will never know what she prayed for, only God knows. But it brings joy to our hearts to see her come to know Him through her parents.
The Rohingya people are a minority community from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. They have their own distinct culture and language and they are predominantly Muslim. There were an estimated one million Rohingya people living in Myanmar at the start of 2016, but the population has dropped significantly following an ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by Myanmar’s security forces.
To escape the mass killings and atrocities, the Rohingya people fled, some by land and others by sea, to neighbouring countries. There is a small church among the Rohingya people, but because of their Muslim background, this little church is persecuted by their own community. Not only are these believers rejected by their own country, they are also rejected by their own people.
In 2013 the United Nations described the Rohingya as one of the most persecuted of minorities in the world.
Rohingya believers in diaspora are in dire need of prayer and support.
1. Please pray for the Rohingya Isa Almasi believers who are in diaspora that they will be able to return to their homes in Myanmar. It is also their prayer and hope that they will be able to return one day and share the gospel to their Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists.
Though their villages are burnt down and houses destroyed, pray that God will restore their losses. Pray that God will open a way for the Rohingyas to return.
2. Pray for the government of Myanmar and Bangladesh, and organizations which are involved in helping taking care of the refugees. Pray for God’s intervention in the discussion and decisions made for the Rohingyas by the governments. Pray that God will touch the hearts of the people.
3. Pray that the Rohingya believers will grow stronger in faith, rooted in prayer and persevering in midst of hardships.
4. Pray for Mr Asif, a believer who is left behind in Myanmar, he is suffering from hepatitis. He is not given work in the village he is staying because he is a believer. He had to travel to distant villages to find work and earn for his survival despite his illness. Please pray for healing and strength.