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Burma: May Thin Khai

Burma
May Thin Khai

The government in Burma would like everyone in their country to follow Buddhism. So they limit the number of Bibles and Christian books that are brought into Burma. Some Burmese people live their entire lives without ever reading a Bible.

May Thin Khai is a Buddhist girl in Burma. Her grandmother is a Christian, and she teaches May about Jesus. May would like to become a Christian. But it would not be easy because almost everyone she knows is a Buddhist.

May shared her story with workers from The Voice of the Martyrs. Read what she said below, and pray that she will follow Jesus.

May said:

I don’t know the exact date of my birth. I know only that I was born in 1998. My family is Buddhist.

My grandma is a Christian. My parents do not want me to go to church, but sometimes I go with my grandma. She teaches me to memorize Bible verses. I am not a Christian yet, but I do believe in God. Here is the reason why.

One day I accidentally broke the ruler my mom had given me as a present. She is very strict. I was restless and worried about what she would do. So on the way home from school, I started to recite Psalm 46. It was one of the things my grandma had taught me.

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Burma (Myanmar)

Myanmar

Myanmar

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Capital
Rangoon (also called “Yangon”) has been the capital. The government has moved many of its offices to Nay Pyi Taw, making that city the “administrative capital.” (Source: CIA Factbook)

Size
Burma is a little smaller than Texas.

Main Languages
Bangla (also known as Bengali), English

Time
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 6:30 p.m. in Rangoon.

Interesting Fact
Thanaka is a paste or powder made from tree bark. Many women and children in Burma wear thanaka on their faces to prevent sunburn and to keep their skin cool. It is also used as makeup. Some people apply it on their faces in pretty patterns.

 

History
Natural disasters are common in Myanmar. The government has not had a history of treating people fairly. Human rights and freedoms are often not respected.

Religion
About 75 percent of the people in Burma are Buddhists.

Persecution
“The government would like all the people to speak the same language, Burmese, and to follow the same religion, Buddhism,” a Christian worker said. Most Christian missionaries were kicked out of the country in the 1960s.

The government persecutes minority groups. Christianity is strong among some of the groups. This gives the government two reasons to persecute members of the groups.

Christians sometimes have a hard time getting permission to build new churches or repair old ones.