The Burmese originated in the hills of Tibet, and they speak a language called Bama (Burmese). Today, they are the political, economic and religious leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Myanmar has had a long history of coups, wars, and rebellions. Ethnic divisions and political unrest have been common since the first Burman kingdom in the 11th century. Today, the Burmese military maintains forcible control over the ethnic groups who want equal importance in the government and in commerce. The military promises cease-fires; but at the slightest hint of rebellion, they attack. Consequently, the Burmese have lived in a constant state of instability, defense, bitterness, and fear. Those who can flee to safer lands.
The vast majority of the Burmese live in Myanmar. Those who flee usually go to nearby Thailand. A smaller number wind up in Western nations like Finland where they can begin new lives without the threat of an evil government.
Unless these Burmese learn fluent Finnish, they are most likely going to have to depend on low-paying jobs in Finland. There are so few of them in Finland, that there is very little information about them.
The Burmese are predominantly Buddhists. The traditional goal in Buddhism is to seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace. The Burmese have mixed these Buddhist beliefs with their own animistic beliefs (belief that non-living objects have spirits).
The Burmese, like other Buddhists, believe that death is not a threat to one who has done good deeds. Instead, death is simply a "passing" from one life to another. They believe that "rebirth" is determined by the accumulated good or bad deeds done in the previous live. Therefore, those who have earned less merit are reborn as demons, ghosts, animals, or inhabitants of hell.
There are some believers among the Burmese in Finland who can be used of the Lord to introduce them to the Savior.
The Burmese need language and job skills so they can flourish economically in Finland's modern economy.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Finland and share the love of Christ with Burmese Buddhists.
* Ask God to use the Burmese believers to share the gospel with their own people.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will being faithfully interceding for these precious people.
* Pray for the effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Burmese.
* Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Burmese in Europe.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Burmese|
|People Name in Country||Burmese|
|Population in Finland||1,500|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bama, Bamar, Bamas, Burman, Man, Myan, Myan, Myen, Myanmas, Myen, Yaw, बर्मीज़|
|Primary Language||Burmese (1,500 speakers)|
|Language Code||mya Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Burmese|
Primary Language: Burmese
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1832-1987)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||A Greater Love (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Burmese|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||To the Golden City (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Common Language Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Judson Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||Father's Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.07 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|