Over the last two weeks the media’s attention has been drawn to the plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar. Boatloads of Rohingya refugees have become some kind of political football, kicked from one country to another by governments who do not want to take responsibility for their plight.
A ship full of starving migrants has made its way to Thai shores only to be shunned by the Thai government. The Thai Navy helped fix the ship’s engine, but they still left the people at sea. No country wants the Rohingyas, except maybe the Philippines, whose government declared an openness to receive the 3,000 refugees at sea. But the Philippines is more than a thousand miles away.
The good news – for now – is that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said that Malaysia will organise search and rescue missions for Rohingya migrant boats; that the Rohingya people would not be towed back out to sea, and that they would provide humanitarian aid and shelter.
It is not a moment too soon for those stuck in the ocean with no provisions and hardly any strength left.
The Rohingyas are a Muslim people – this is why they are persecuted so harshly by Buddhist-governed Myanmar. But there are a few Rohingyas who know and follow Jesus. They are persecuted even by their own people. Open Doors ministers to Myanmar’s Rohingya Christians. This is very dangerous and discreet work – a Christian worker once said: “If the wrong people find out that we’re helping the Rohingya, we will be lynched.” We are also working to support refugee Christian Rohingya who are in desperate need.
Please pray for these believers to stand strong in the faith, and pray that even in the midst of great suffering, they can share the saving truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.