Dirty, dangerous and difficult. These adjectives reflect the work of Burmese refugees who live in Thailand. These people have fled their own country in search of work, education and peace. Unfortunately, they rarely obtain legal status in Thailand and consequently they are often subject to violence, low wages and discrimination in the workplace. Muslim refugees have fled from Myanmar because of religious persecution, yet they cannot receive work permits in Thailand.
The Burmese embrace Buddhism, the goal of which is to seek Nirvana, or ultimate peace. This peace eludes them, as their circumstances in Thailand are fraught with poverty and adversity—both political and social.
Nearly half of the migrants are women and are particularly susceptible to gender discrimination and violence. Outreach ministries can put extra efforts into reaching these women. In this way, believers can live out James 1:27— "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction."
"I know the greatness of the Lord—that our Lord is greater than any other god." Psalm 135:5
Pray that they will understand that there is no god as great as God, the one who gives us all we need.
The Burmese have left their homeland in pursuit of economic stability. Sadly, they are not finding it. Pray that the Lord Jesus would give them the kind of stability that lasts forever—peace and assurance of a bright future. Pray for a movement to Christ.
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