Asian- Myanmarese (formerly Burma) Outreach

MgClapf (greetings in Burmese)! A good friend of mine is part Filipino and Myanmarese/(formerly Burmanese). Also, a UMM Student I've known for 5 years is from here too!

Win poses at the UMM Computer Lab on January 2005 during winter break

Post Christmas 2004 Asian Tsunami

  • Thailand: Burmese Tsunami Victims at Risk, from Missions Insider Report, February 28, 2005

  • "An estimated 3000 Burmese living in southern Thailand were killed by the tsunami, and thousands more lost all they owned. In the wake of the tragedy, few Burmese have benefited from the outpouring of aid in their area, largely because they fear being caught by authorities and deported if they try to seek help. Reports have surfaced of Thai nationals rounding up Burmese immigrants in the chaos following the tsunami in order to collect money from government officials for doing so. They also have forced Burmese immigrants to pay bribes for silence. ...
    Christian Aid assists a Thailand mission with a special outreach to Burmese immigrants. After the tsunami, native missionaries were among the first to recognize the precarious situation and great need of the Burmese."

  • Burmese migrant workers in the aftermath of the tsunami, from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development

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  • Bethel College

  • -Asian Christian Fellowship
    Karen Refugee Story at Bethel University (April 21st 2012)


    Minn. woman working to help cyclone survivors, Posted at: 05/10/2008 03:03:52 PM (KSAX)
    "WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) - While some international assistance is being kept out of Myanmar, a Minnesota woman is in the southeast Asian country hand-delivering rice and bottles of water to cyclone survivors.
    Susan Semmler is from New London. She is in her fourth and final year of teaching at the International School of Yangon in Myanmar. She is using her own money to buy staples for those in need.
    She is also trying to secure money, supplies and labor to rebuild homes destroyed by the cyclone.
    Semmler says that before she leaves the country at the end of the month, she will set up a network of Burmese people to repair a heavily damaged Baptist church in Yangon.
    In a journal entry sent to her family in west-central Minnesota, Semmler says that each time a roof goes up, it gives people hope.
    (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)"

    Minnesotans caring for Karen people
    Local churches minister to persecuted Burmese refugees

    by Jeanette Murdock Corn
    To many Minnesotans, Myanmar (Burma) is a mysterious land of sun-drenched pagodas and brown-robed Buddhist monks. With its repressive socialist dictatorship and "closed-door" policy, the country has become so isolated from the rest of the world that it seems to have disappeared.
    For several Twin Cities churches, however, Myanmar's doors have opened. At St. Paul First Baptist Church, Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, and several other Minnesota churches, opportunities to minister to the people of Myanmar are becoming more readily available.

    -Karen Veterinarian
    Bill Englund pastors St. Paul First Baptist Church (FBC). His congregation's historic building stands at the corner of 9th and Wacouta in downtown St. Paul.
    A member of the American Baptist denomination, FBC has had strong ties with Burma for many decades. Those connections go back to 1813, when American Baptist missionaries Adonirum and Ann Judson initiated the church's Burma ministry.
    Today, thousands of Burmese practice the Baptist faith.
    Ten years ago, Winston Winn, a veterinarian from Burma's Karen ethnic group, responded to worsening conditions in Burma by immigrating to the U.S. Winn's grandfather had been an American Baptist pastor, and Winn had strong Baptist beliefs. After arriving in the Twin Cities, he began attending FBC.
    Gradually, other Karen Christians resettled in the Twin Cities and many also attended the church. By 2000, the church had become a center for Minnesota's Karen community.
    "Five years ago, things really began to change," church members say.

    -Karen worshippers
    The first group, which has 80 to 100 members, is more charismatic. For several years, it met at FBC on Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Although it is still associated with FBC, it recently moved to rented space on Selby Ave. where services are conducted in Karen.
    The second group uses more traditional Baptist worship. It has approximately 120 members and continues to meet at FBC at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Its services are conducted in Karen and Burmese.
    Roughly 100 Karen also attend the church's 10:45 a.m. service, where average attendance is 220. Although other parts of the service are conducted in English, Scripture is read in English and Karen, and Karen singers frequently provide special music.
    For example, on Jan. 22, 17 adults and young people performed a Karen hymn and many wore traditional attire.

    Most Karen who attend FBC came to Minnesota from Thai refugee camps.
    A big influx came in 2004, when U.S. State Department restrictions for Burmese refugee immigration temporarily eased. That summer, the church received Karen immigrants at the rate of 20 per week.
    The church experienced some burnout at that time, and longtime church members looked around and wondered, "What are we becoming? Have we become a Karen church?"
    But the Karen, who are characteristically gracious and hard working, brought new life to the church.
    "First Baptist used to be a typical downtown church with an aging congregation and declining membership," Englund explained. When the Karen immigrants came, church members realized they had received a special calling, or opportunity, but they also understood that they could lay aside this ministry.
    "The church decided to move out of its comfort zone and we stayed there. As a result, our church has changed. We are not the same church we were five years ago," Englund said.

    -Getting settled

    FBC has sponsored a few immigrants, but Karen come to Minnesota primarily through sponsorship of World Relief, Lutheran World Relief and other international agencies. The church's primary role is to "respond to them after they get here and try to get them settled."
    Initially, the church puts together "welcome baskets" - laundry baskets filled with sheets, towels, household essentials, a rice cooker, and 50-pound bags of rice. With the help of volunteers from Five Oaks Community Church in Woodbury, it also collects and distributes used furniture.
    For new immigrants, housing is often a problem. "For awhile, we kept an apartment in our church basement," associate pastor Loren McLean recalled. "At one time, 25 Karen immigrants were living temporarily in the basement of FBC. Eventually, the fire department told us we couldn't do that any more, so we closed the apartment."
    FBC also sponsors English as Second Language classes and "Living in America" classes that teach basic living skills. Recently, instructors from Jane Addams School of Democracy taught classes about democratic government and U.S. citizenship. The church also has set aside money in a credit union CD as collateral for loans to responsible Karen newcomers who need to purchase cars.
    In efforts to support Karen immigrants in their first months of U.S. resettlement FBC is assisted by Woodbury Baptist, First Christian of Minneapolis, Five Oaks Community Church in Woodbury, University Baptist Church and House of Mercy, St. Paul.

    -Going to Myanmar

    In its ministry to the Burmese people, Living Word Christian Center (LWCC) has taken a different approach.
    In September 2005, the Brooklyn Park church sent a 12-member mission team to Burma's heavily populated capital city of Rangoon. Kent Otey, LWCC's missions pastor, led the team. Although Otey has made 16 previous journeys to Asia, this was his first trip to Myanmar.
    LWCC staff members Jim and Kristin Hammond lived in the Asian nation of Singapore for two years, Otey explained. While in Singapore, the Hammonds learned about a two hundred member Burmese underground church. This church runs a Bible school that ministers to 125-150 students from Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. All students at the Bible school have identified calls on their lives to preach the Gospel and start churches in their native areas.
    The mission team's goal was to build up this underground church through teaching and ministry, to encourage the church's pastor, and to share the Word with students at the Bible school.
    Burma was unlike other places he has traveled, Otey said. Not only was there great spiritual hunger among Burmese believers. There was also great spiritual depth.

    "It seems like there had been a lot of spiritual seed. The seed of God's Word had been planted there in the past," he said.

    -Burmese believers also have great depth of prayer.
    "They don't have ready access to the Word, but they know the Lord from personal experience, and their theology lines up with Scripture," Otey said. "It does something to you to realize that there are believers in foreign lands that are walking more closely with the Lord than we are. Therefore, they're seeing an outpouring of the Spirit and manifestations of God that we're not seeing in America. It was just total unity, pressing into God. I've never been where it was like that."

    The underground church's pastor came to Rangoon from a northern tribe, the Chin. This group is experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and seeing many miracles.

    "The government is aware of what is taking place and is trying to prevent the spread of the revival by restricting travel to Chin. However, the revival continues to spread. No government in the world can stop something like that," Otey said. "We did everything God opened for us, and in about five or six days, we left. But we left totally changed because a love for the people was deposited into our hearts. It was a wonderful thing."

    Burmese believers

    The Burmese people cope with grisly realities. Their government oppresses them. Their soldiers destroy their crops and burn their villages. If they are Christians, they are driven underground. Sometimes, they are forced to run for their lives.

    Some have immigrated to a country whose citizens often describe themselves as "the Christian nation," but in reality, Burma's humble Christians have humbling lessons to teach Americans. Persecution has made them strong.

    Kent Otey describes the Burmese as "deep." Bill Englund simply says, "They have affected us."

    'To the jungle'

    "And then we went to the jungle," she said. Her brown eyes twinkle as she smoothes her softly striped longyi and shifts her boot-clad feet.

    Eighty-five year old Daphne Tun Baw, a tiny, well-educated member of Burma's Karen ethnic group, has "gone to the jungle" many times. Her eventful life illustrates the struggles the Karen have faced.

    "All of my family are Christians," she said. Two great-uncles were missionaries, and Tun Baw, who speaks fluent English, attended a British missionary high school in her native city, Thaton. Afterward, she went to teachers' college, and then spent one year in a remote Burmese village because her grandmother insisted that she give her first year of teaching to Christ.

    After completing her teaching service, she returned to Thaton, where she taught English in a girls' school until December 1941, when the Japanese invaded Burma and overwhelmed the British colonial government.

    "Everyone evacuated to the jungle," she said.

    When World War II ended, she moved to Tavoy, a river city. In 1948, when Burma gained its independence from Great Britain, she returned to her native town.

    One year later, the Karen revolution began. "The government ordered us to surrender. 'No surrender,' we replied. Back to the jungle," Tun Baw says, shrugging good-naturedly.

    In 1954, she married a former British naval officer, Daniel Tun Baw, who was a member of Karen's revolutionary army. Her new husband became ill with tuberculosis and spent two years at a hospital in the Burmese city of Syrian. When he recovered, he attended Bible college, after which he became a pastor in Namkham, a city in Burma's northern Shan state. While living in Namkham, Daphne and her husband brought up two sons.

    Daphne's husband died in 1974, but Daphne remained in Namkham until 1985, when she retired from teaching and returned to her native Karen State.

    Men were "at the front," but Tun Baw settled into a village that contained approximately 2,000 women, children and elderly. Three months after her arrival, however, the Burmese army attacked the area, and everyone was forced to flee across the border into Thailand.

    Tun Baw never returned to Burma. For 12 years, she lived in villages on the Thai-Burmese border, and then she moved to a Thai refugee camp. "For 20 years, I had no permanent house," she said. She immigrated to the United States in October 2005.

    Tun Baw's older son, Wilfred, came to Minnesota in September of 2000 and lives in northeastern St. Paul with his wife and three children. He is a coordinator for Vietnamese Social Services, a Karen sponsoring agency. In the past five years, Wilfred has helped 500 Karen relocate to Minnesota from Thai refugee camps, and he hopes to co-sponsor 2,000 Karen refugees in 2006.

    Tun Baw's second son, Daniel, came to the Twin Cities with his wife and six children in 2005.

    The family attends Karen services at St. Paul First Baptist Church.

    Tun Baw says that she feels at home in Minnesota's tightly knit Karen community and expresses gratitude to the U.S. government for providing refuge to the Karen people. As she grows accustomed to snow boots and winter weather, her spirit is unbroken, despite the hardships she has faced.

    "The [U.S] government told me to come to the United States and rest," she said. "But I don't want to rest. When my grandchildren come home from school, they don't know everything they need to know. I have nine grandchildren to teach. I have a lot to do."

    Her determination remains strong.



  • Burma's Almost Forgotten Christians find themselves battered by the world's longest civil war and a brutally repressive regime. By Benedict Rogers | posted 03/05/2004 from Christianity Today
  • Ministries

  • Myanmar Indigenous Evangelism , from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Indiana
  • New Life for Burmese People in Fort Wayne Indiana's New Life Church
  • GLOBAL-Multicultural

    Current News

    Exclusive footage of Myanmar crackdown - 10 Oct 07

    "For almost two weeks, Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley saw first hand the popular protests against Myanmar's military government and the subsequent crackdown. Each day he filed reports as soldiers were ordered to open fire on unarmed protesters. Three Al Jazeera cameras captured the events as they unfolded in the largest city, Yangon. The scenes of repression show the violent treatment meted out to protesters. You can Watch Al Jazeera's exclusive programme 'Inside Myanmar: The Crackdown' at the following times GMT:"

  • Still Fighting for Freedom in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand Sylvester Stallone, who has just filming the sequel to �Rambo� on the Thai/Myanmar border describes the situation as a �full-scale genocide� By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries Thursday, October 4, 2007

  • "...�The Karen, the Shan and other minority groups who live along the Myanmar-Thai border have been attacked, raped and killed by government soldiers. Their thatched-roofed, bamboo homes have been torched. Men have been seized into forced labor for the army, while women, children and the elderly either hide out in nearby jungles until the soldiers leave or flee over the mountains to crowded, makeshift refugee camps.�
    �Many, many thousands of Karen have died in those 60 years,� Karen National Union secretary general Mahn Sha was quoted by Elmore as saying this week of his people's struggle for autonomy since 1947....

  • Take action against Myanmar violence while the world watches Posted: 11 October, 2007 (Mission Network News)

  • "...WEA says the situation in Myanmar is "extremely urgent." They reported that the death toll could be as many as 200 and cited other reports that claim the government has burned bodies of the dead as well as the wounded. Buddhist temples have also been raided in order to round up monks and activists."


    The Tribes of Myanmar (Burma): Shan State - Today's Christian Videos

    The Tribes of Myanmar (Burma): Shan State from asiaharvest on GodTube.

    "Asia Harvest is a Christian organization serving in Asia. Check us out at . Shan State in eastern Myanmar is home to many unreached tribes, including the Palaung, Shan, Intha, Pa-O, Danau, and the Taungyo. Produced by Video Soft."

    Human Rights

  • ABC Nightline, did a coverage on 5/5/05 on Burmese Human Rights

  • -Earth Rights International



  • Karen refugees a 'forgotten story', June 23, 2008 -- Updated 2302 GMT (0702 HKT By David Challenger CNN

  • " MAE SOT, Thailand (CNN) -- Nine refugee camps stretch along western Thailand's border with Myanmar, but Mae La, with a population of 43,000, is by far the largest.
    "I came to the camp 10 years ago after the army burned our village and took our rice," one young mother told me.
    Most of the camp's residents arrived after being forced to flee their homes due to the violence in Myanmar, as documented by the United Nations.
    The refugees' stories were often identical: Direct military attacks by the Myanmar army, forced labor, destruction of homes and food crops, and enslavement.
    The camps are overseen and run by the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), a union of 11 international non-governmental organizations that provide food, shelter and non food items to refugees and displaced people from Myanmar, also known as Burma.
    The Mae La camp is situated about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Mae Sot, a Thai border town known for its cross-border trade in gems and teak, and more recently, as the home to the Sylvester Stallone movie character, John Rambo.
    The first view of the camp is spectacular -- hundreds of wooden houses with roofs made from leaves dot the lush, hilly landscape, as limestone cliffs rise steeply in the background. Video Take a video tour of the camp and listen to refugees »
    There were no guards and little fuss while entering the camp, which somewhat reflects the plight of these displaced people. Don't Miss
    The conflict between the Myanmar government and the Karen and other ethnic groups such as the Karenni, Mon and Shan is considered by many analysts as the longest-running civil war in the world. Yet, according to TBBC director Jack Dunford, it has become a "forgotten story." Learn more about Myanmar's recent political history »
    The recent storm that hit Myanmar's delta region, killing at least 78,000, has raised the question of whether border camps will be inundated with new refugees.
    But Saay Tae Tae, a coordinator with the Karen refugee Committee, believes it would take months, if at all. Video Saay Tae Tae talks about the plight of refugees »
    "The Delta is where most of the Karens live, but it would be very difficult for them to get here. Travel is very restricted by the army, and the people have no money to pay for transport," Saay said. "It will take four or five months until we see the real picture."
    Mae La, which sits about five kilometers from the Myanmar border, is huge -- one expression of its age; the camp has been running for almost 25 years. Watch an audio slideshow on Mae La »
    The camp's population is mainly made up of families of farmers and low-income workers, while religious lines are more or less evenly divided between Buddhists and Christians.
    Some of the violence has followed them, such as when the Myanmar army attacked Mae La in 1997. Since then, it's been peaceful, though according to TBBC, tensions rise every dry season -- the preferred time of activity by the Myanmar army.
    But while refugees have escaped direct violence, other problems exist. There's little or no employment, education for children is minimal, and boredom is rife. Camp dwellers not only have to deal with the horrors of their past, but the grim outlook of their future.
    Despite this, the people at the camp appeared stoic, and carried with them a sense of humor and pride. They welcomed strangers into their homes, openly told their stories and for the most part, seemed resilient.
    The young mother told me. "But if the situation in Burma changes, I hope to go back to my country."

    A visit to Mae La 3:24

    "CNN's David Challenger tours the Mae La Karen refugee camp in Thailand."
    Karen refugees a 'forgotten story'

    "Plight of the Karen 1:50 CNN's David Challenger talks to a leader from the Karen Refugee Committee."

    The Karen of Burma - Today's Christian Videos

    The Karen of Burma from digipodgemissions on GodTube.

    "The assistance from the "Remember Them".org."


  • Burmese Language, from Norther Illinois's Southeast Asian Studies
  • Military

    -World War II

  • Burma in WWII, from WWII Database

  • " Landings in Burma commenced on December 8, 1941, the first day of the war. An independent Burmese army that was agitating for Burmese independence accompanied Japanese troops. The Allies under General Joseph Stilwell fell back to India, where resistance was organized for both China, India and Burma.
    The Chindits, a specially trained jungle fighting force under British General Ord Wingate, was dropped into Burma in 1943. They attacked Japanese supply lines and were sustained by gliders. The fighting was bitter, and most of the Chindits, as they were called, suffered either battle wounds or disease. A similar American unit, Merrill's Marauders, followed the Chindits into the jungle in 1943. Merrill had several heart attacks during the campaign. "

  • China Burma India Theater of World War II, from Wikipedia

  • "# March 10, 1942 Stilwell is named Chief of Staff of Allied armies in the Chinese theatre of operations.
    # March 19, 1942 Stilwell�s command in China is extended to include the Chinese 5th and 6th Armies operating in Burma after Chiang Kai-Shek gave his permission.
    # March 20, 1942 Chinese troops under Stilwell engage Japanese forces along the Sittang River in Burma.


  • Info Please

  • "The ethnic origins of modern Myanmar (known historically as Burma) are a mixture of Indo-Aryans, who began pushing into the area around 700 B.C., and the Mongolian invaders under Kublai Khan who penetrated the region in the 13th century. Anawrahta (1044�1077) was the first great unifier of Myanmar."
  • Wikipedia

  • "In 1989, the military junta officially changed the English version of the country�s name from Burma to Myanmar, along with changes to the English versions of many place names in the country, such as its former capital city from Rangoon to Yangon (which does represent its pronunciation more accurately). This decision has, however, not received legislative approval in Burma[2]. The official name of the country in the Burmese language, Myanma, was never changed. Within the Burmese language, Myanma is the written, literary name of the country, while Bama or Bamar (from which �Burma� derives) is the oral, colloquial name. In spoken Burmese, the distinction is less clear than the English transliteration suggests."


    *see Bible

  • Densu Ministries
  • World Christian Resource Directory
  • WINK

  • WINK-Home Myanmar

    "Mission to Myanmar WINK-home 2006"


  • Burmese Music, referred from Wen
  • -Worship

    At the feet of God (Myanmar Praise and Worship Song)

    "Another powerful Myanmar Worship songs"


  • Christian Witness to Bhuddist, from Lussane's gospelcom
  • Social Justice

    Burma: A Journey for Change - Inspirational Videos

    Burma: A Journey for Change from csw_uk on GodTube.

    "A moving and inspiring film from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Join the CSW team as they travel across the Thai-Burma border to show solidarity with the people of Burma. Journey with us and find out how you can help bring change! Copyright: CSW/Benny Manser 2009"


  • Buddhist Monk Raised, an amazing story!
  • Travel

  • Lonely Planet, travel info
  • Myanmar Tourism
  • Weather

    -Natural Disasters

  • US: Myanmar junta failed to warn people on cyclone, Monday, May 5th of 2008 (@5:30pm CDT)

  • "With the official death toll at 10,000 and expected to rise sharply, Bush declared that "the response to the cyclone is just the most recent example of the junta's failure to meet its people's basic needs."
    Bush also warned the regime off holding a planned constitutional referendum Saturday and said that US President George W. Bush on Tuesday would sign a law giving imprisoned democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian honor that US lawmakers can bestow."...

    Cyclone devastates Myanmar

    " Mar. 4 - Hundreds of people have been killed after a powerful cyclone pounded parts of Myanmar.
    Myanmar's military government declared disaster areas in five states on Sunday after Cyclone Nargis pounded the Irrawaddy delta region. The former capital Yangon suffered a direct hit by the Category 3 storm, which packed winds of 120 mph (190 kph). One diplomat described the city as an "utter war zone." United Nations disaster experts said it would be days before the full extent of the damage was known."

    Samaritan�s Purse mobilizes team from six countries to aid survivors of Myanmar Cyclone By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service Wednesday, May 7, 2008
    "BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA (ANS) -- In what is being described as possibly the world�s deadliest storm of the 21st century, Cyclone Nargis swept through Myanmar affecting what the United Nations estimates to be 1 million people.
    Boone, North Carolina-based international Christian relief organization Samaritan�s Purse has staff members on the ground in Rangoon, Myanmar�s capital city. Two of these relief workers are water and sanitation experts.
    In addition to the staff already in Myanmar, Samaritan's Purse is assembling an emergency team from six countries to respond as soon as the government opens the borders to relief agencies.
    The team includes experts in food, agriculture, and livestock. Heavy flooding and rains continue to displace people, increasing the number of survivors that need immediate shelter and clean water. Many of the survivors reside in Myanmar's poorest provinces where most families live on less than a dollar a day. It is expected that food will be a long-term problem because vast rice-growing areas - a main source of food sustenance - were destroyed.
    "During a natural disaster of this magnitude, clean water is essential to preventing outbreaks of cholera and other contagious diseases caused by contaminated drinking water," said Ken Isaacs, vice-president of Projects & Government Relations for Samaritan's Purse.
    "We have seen the devastation a storm like this can cause and our immediate concern is equipping survivors with clean water and shelter. The people of Myanmar need our help and prayers," said Franklin Graham, President and CEO Samaritan�s Purse.
    Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief organization that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations - especially in locations where few others are working. Through its various projects including World Medical Mission, Children�s Heart Project and Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan's Purse is working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.
    To donate to Myanmar relief efforts visit or call 1-828-262-1980. "

  • Ministry encourages churches in Myanmar response Posted: 9 May, 2008 (Mission Network News)

  • ..Shibley (Global Advance) explains, "This is a very repressive culture against the Gospel, and yet there is a small but vigorous and growing and multiplying church." He conducted a pastors' training conference some time ago that laid the groundwork for partnerships. From that, he saw a readiness from these leaders to communicate the love of Christ however they could.
    That's what's behind his great hope for evangelistic opportunities. Shibley says these Christians will be ready with answers because, "For some, they will see this tragedy as an act of punishment for not following their religion closely enough. But many others will see the bankruptcy of their traditional religions and be open to the Gospel in a way that they had not been, previously."
    Pray that food, clean water and shelter will be delivered to the neediest as soon as possible. Pray too that Christians in Burma will feel the peace and comfort of worldwide prayers. "

  • National church focuses on rebuilding in Myanmar Posted: 13 May, 2008 (Mission Network News)

  • "Jon Lewis, president of Partners International, says their team is helping people rebuild their lives. "There's a village where we have had an orphanage that we have supported for a number of years. In that village, people had over 400 homes destroyed. The people have crowded into the school. That's where they're living. Now the military has come and said, 'We want you all to leave the school in the next four days.' They have nowhere to go...."

    Operation Blessing Brings Relief to Cyclone Victims in Burma - Today's Christian Videos

    Operation Blessing Brings Relief to Cyclone Victims in Burma from cbnnews on GodTube.

    "The Christian charity Operation Blessings delivers food and water to victims of the cyclone in Burma."

    Minn. man flying supplies to Myanmar, Posted at: 05/13/2008 11:42:47 AM (
    "UTAPAO, Thailand (AP) - A Marine pilot from Minnesota flew the second flight of relief supplies into Myanmar on Tuesday, and more flights are expected.
    Lt. Col. Douglas Powell says the Marine C-130 cargo plane left for Yangon Tuesday carrying 19,900 pounds of water, blankets and mosquito nets.
    The pilot was Capt. Mark Hamilton of Becker, Minnesota. He says the local crew that unloaded the cargo was very polite and professional. He says the Yangoon airport is in good condition and could accommodate quite a few large airplanes.
    Powell says he expects flights will continue on Wednesday. He did not give details.
    The first flight delivered relief material to Myanmar on Monday after prolonged negotiations with the country's ruling junta.
    It was a major breakthrough given that the junta considers the United States its enemy. The agreement was to initially send three flights on Monday and Tuesday.
    (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)"

    Myanmar church strong, but needs relief resources * Print View * Mobile Version Posted: 9 June, 2008
    "..Myanmar (MNN) ― New reports indicate 133,000 people are either dead or missing in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. Those numbers are expected to increase as disease takes its toll on the victims. Many aid agencies are still being denied access to the region.
    However, International Aid -- a Christian humanitarian organization -- was just allowed into the hardest-hit areas of the country. Senior Advisor for IA's Disaster Relief is Sonny Enriquez. He just returned from Bogale (bohg-ah-lay). "It's got a population of about 300,000 people, of which 80,000 people died in the process. There are about 32 relief camps around that area, and only 15,000 people are in the relief camps." ...
    International Aid needs your prayers and financial support. Click here to contribute."

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