Global Outreach News from Burma
A post from Liz Gray, Restoration’s outreach coordinator, about what’s going on in an area of the world that Restoration, through prayer and financial support, is caring for. Thanks, Liz!
What’s happening in Burma…
Bombs: Yesterday, three explosions in Burma’s former capital city, Rangoon, killed at least nine people, reports say. Read more here.
Elections: Burmese elections are coming up in May – not much chance of them being free or fair. The UN is protesting. Read more here.
Rats: “The disaster, known in Burma as maudam, is caused by a cruel twist of nature. Once every 50 years or so the region’s bamboo flowers, producing a fruit. The fruit attracts hordes of rats, which feed on its seeds. Some believe the rich nutrients in the seeds cause the rodents to multiply quickly, creating an infestation. After devouring the seeds, the rats turn on the villagers’ crops, destroying rice and corn. In a country once known as the rice bowl of Asia, thousands of villagers are on the brink of starvation.” (From here.) This famine is continuing and thousands of people are starving in Burma (and other Asian countries including India).
Displaced children: Meanwhile, groups of Free Burma Rangers are trying to counsel displaced children through The Good Life Club (funded by Partners) in the Burmese jungle in Karen state. Read the report here.
And what are we doing about all this at Restoration? Do we care?
We at Restoration have recently given The Good Life Club a grant as a sign of our love and support for all they do… on Sunday we will have copies of the latest report available in church – but save a tree and read it on line!
If anyone ever wants to hear more about Burma or find out ways to get involved talk to me. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, do pray for Burma.