Published on March 1st, 2011
A Burmese monk
Luke grew up in a Buddhist family in Burma. He and his family are part of the Rakhine tribe.
Few Rakhine people know about Jesus. Only about one-tenth of 1 percent are Christians. That means if there were 1,000 Rakhine people, maybe only one would be a Christian. (There are actually more than a million Rakhine people in Burma.) Source: Operation World, 7th Edition
Many Rakhine boys spend a few months living as monks in a monastery. A monastery is a place where monks live together, separate from others and from their families. Monks spend their time studying their religion and following its rules. Some Buddhist boys decide to become monks for the rest of their lives.