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Union Day

Burma (also called “Myanmar”) celebrates Union Day on February 12th. The celebrations remember the time in 1947 when leaders agreed to unify all areas of Burma into one nation.

The majority of people in Burma are Buddhist. “Some teachers at government schools reportedly still require students to recite Buddhist prayers….” Many classrooms display Buddhist altars or idols. (Source: U.S. State Department) Christians have been persecuted on their jobs, and officials sometimes attack and arrest Christians.

Jesus prayed that His followers would serve Him in unity. (See John 17:21.) At times, disagreements have kept Christians in Burma apart. (Source: Operation World).

Pray that Christians in Burma will work together and stand firm in their faith.

Download the book Bold Believers in Burma from the Downloads section of this site.

Burma, Judson, and Burmese

A boy in BurmaA boy in Burma

January 4th is Independence Day in Burma (Myanmar). The country became independent from Britain in 1948.

More than 100 years before Burma’s independence, American missionary Adoniram Judson went to Burma to share the gospel. He translated the Bible into the Burmese language.

The work was difficult. At that time, Burmese had no capital letters or punctuation, and no spaces between words, sentences, and paragraphs.

Read the English sentences below to see if you can read Bible verses with no spaces or punctuation. You may want to photocopy the sentences and draw lines between the words.

  1. thelordismyshepherdishallnotwant Psalm 23:1
  2. sowemayboldlysaythelordismyhelperiwillnotfearwhatcanmandotome. Hebrews 13:6
  3. thewickedfleewhennoonepursuesbuttherighteousareboldasalion Proverbs 28:1
  4. nowlordlookontheirthreatsandgranttoyourservantsthatwithallboldnesstheymayspeakyourword. Acts 4:29
  5. andmostofthebrethreninthelordhavingbecomeconfidentbymychainsaremuchmoreboldtospeak thewordwithoutfear Philippians 1:14

Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge, a missionary biography for children, is available at

To learn more about Adoniram Judson and Christians in Burma, download Bold Believers in Burma from the Downloads section of this site.

Ask a VOM Worker: Missionary Biographies


Jonathan, a VOM worker and the father of two children, shared the following ideas about his work and about what influenced him to serve the Lord.

“I have served in more than 28 nations around the world, both with The Voice of the Martyrs and before coming to VOM. My favorite country in all the world is Burma (Myanmar), where I have made more than 26 trips. It was the story of Adoniram Judson and his work in Burma which first ignited a passion for missions in my heart as a high school student.

“God brought some very influential people into my life as a young man who helped to challenge me to follow Jesus no matter what the cost. In addition, I have always loved missionary biographies and have read hundreds over the years. Each one challenged me in different ways regarding the Lord and His heart for the nations.

“I would encourage young people to walk with the Lord from an early age, learning about the nations and His church in the various nations of the world. In addition, dive into mission biographies and learn the stories of those who pioneered missions in some of the most difficult places in the world.”

(Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge, a missionary biography for children, is available at

Homework and Academic Fair Ideas

Bold Believers in Nigeria

Are you looking for a topic for a school report or academic fair project? The free Bold Believers activity books in the Downloads section of this site provide information about many unique subjects. Read the list below to find examples of some of the topics featured in the books.

(Find additional homework help ideas in our posts Homework Help and Write a Report: Be a Voice.)

Bold Believers in Nigeria
Nigerian languages
Shariah law
Bold Believers in Pakistan
9/11, the Taliban, al-Qaida
Blasphemy laws
Bonded laborers
Pakistani culture
Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia
Who are the Khmu?
Buddhist beliefs
Bold Believers in North Korea
Robert Thomas, missionary
Learning About Islam
Muslim beliefs and practices
Comparing Islam and Christianity
The Quran
Women in Islam
Bold Believers in Burma
Bold Believers in Colombia
Comparing Marxism and Christianity
Bold Believers in Turkey
Smyrna, a Turkish city
Bold Believers in Gaza and the West Bank
Bold Believers in Eritrea
Eritrean Christians
Bold Believers in Egypt
Making papyrus
Comparing Christianity and the ancient religion of the Pharaohs
Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs
Who are the Uygurs?
Bold Believers in China
Big things in China
Christians in China
Bold missionaries who went to China
Bold Believers in Iraq
Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims
Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia
Christians in North Africa (also see Bold Believers in Morocco and Egypt)
Berbers and Berber cave homes (also see Bold Believers in Morocco)
Bold Believers in Indonesia
Religions of Indonesia
Islands of Indonesia
Bold Believers in India
The states of India
Bold Believers of the Hmong People
The Hmong people
Bold Believers in Vietnam
The religions of Vietnam
Children of Christian prisoners
Bold Believers in Nepal
The religions of Nepal
Bold Believers in Chiapas (Mexico)
Christians in Chiapas
Bold Believers in Ethiopia
Ethiopian culture
Bold Believers in Uzbekistan
Uzbek culture

U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report


This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at for further information about selected countries.