Myanmar is Buddhist country

Myanmar islocated in south-east Asia between Lattitudes 0932N and Longitudes 9210E and10111E. To the west are Bangladesh and india. To the north is China. To the east are Laos and Thailand. In the south and west are Bay of Bengal and Andamansea.

Buddhism is thenational religion of Myanmar and consequently about 85 % of the populations are Buddhists. But like Thai Buddhism Myanmar Buddhism is strongly intertwined with spiritism. Myanmar was the first country in Southeast Asia where the words of the Buddha were spread. Buddhism has been taught since the first millennium of Christian reckoning by Indian merchants, who entered the Ayeyarwaddy delta for trade purposes. But Buddhism became the dominant religion of Myanmar only after King Anawratha ascended the throne of the Burmese Kingdom in Bagan in 1044 year. King Anawratha was converted to Buddhism by a Mon missionary by the name of Shin Arahan. Myanmar a Buddhist temple is always the center of the village community.

Myanmar Buddhist temples are the traditional places for education every male Burmese is expected to temporarily don the monk's robes at least once in his lifetime usually as adolescent. Although Myanmar is predominantly a Buddhist country, following the school of Theravada Buddhism, | there are also Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists. Myanmar respects the freedom of belief and the people practice religious tolerance, evidenced by the existence of religious edifices of different U faiths in large cities. Freedom of worship for followers of different religions has exited in Myanmar since ancient times. Buddhism is practiced by about 86.87 percent of the population, Christianity by 8.70 percent, Islam by 3.8 percent, Hinduism by 0.5 percent and Animism by 0.2 percent. Buddhism, which teaches that people can find happiness only by freeing themselves of worldly desires, strongly influences family and community.

There are 86.87 % of the populations are Buddhists and then 8.70% of
the populations are Christians in our country. There are about 56 million people living together in Myanmar. The population is composed of 135 ethnic groups speaking 106 languages.

A burden for souls is my motivation factor. I am convinced that soul winning is the most important task under heaven. Referring  to the scripture in Luke 16:25. I assert that a soul is more precious; to win a soul is more important than to gain the whole universe, and to a soul being saved is the most precious task in the sight of God. Thus to promote and bring renewal within the church and to seek souls outside the church is the most urgent call of my pastoral ministry.

The gospel is now shared in different ways in Myanmar. We have started orphanage and boys’ and girls’ homes in order to provide health care, education, clothing and other services to be glorify His kingdom. We see that so many non-Christian who become to believe Jesus by teaching freely children.  As a result, many Buddhist young people have become active Christians.