Myanmar Red Ribbon Solidarity Weekend

April 28 – May 2, 2021

An Opportunity for Global Baptists

to Stand Together in Prayer, Advocacy, and Theological Reflection

Help us raise awareness within your congregations, organizations, and community about the military coup and the ensuing violence perpetrated against the citizens of Myanmar. Stand with Myanmar in word and deed. Stand with Myanmar in prayer and advocacy.  

The BWA has provided an emergency grant to support Baptist leaders on the ground. Your gift today will help us continue our support at this critical time.

What is Happening in Myanmar?

On February 1, 2021, the military seized control and declared a year-long state of emergency. The country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and members of her party are now under house arrest. As a result, all ethnic and religious minorities as well as actors of conscience and conviction are in grave danger.

Un dirigente de Myanmar nos escribió: "Con las armas en la mano, los militares han gobernado con mano de hierro, deteniendo y destruyendo muchas vidas. Todo el país está de luto por el dolor, pero esta vez la gente no salió a protestar a las calles sabiendo que muchos serían disparados y asesinados."

On-the-ground leaders report social media blackouts as well as blackouts of news channels such as CNN and BBC. Healthcare workers have been told any protest would result in their immediate arrest, and peaceful protesters have been met with violence and death.

"Nuestro pueblo ha vivido bajo una dictadura militar durante más de 60 años, y la idea de que nuestros hijos y nietos tengan que volver a pasar por este ciclo de vida es un pensamiento espantoso", dijo otro dirigente. "No tenemos armas, sino un Dios que nos protege. Aunque caminemos por el valle más oscuro, no temeremos ningún mal".

At this crucial time, will you stand together with the global Baptist family in supporting the people of Myanmar – including the 5,800 BWA Baptist churches and 1.7 million BWA members? 

Daily Focus

Beginning Wednesday, April 28, join us for five days of strategic focus and action on behalf of the people of Myanmar.  

Miércoles

Study Day:
Reflecting on the Word of God

Jueves

Advocacy Day: Mobilizing Support and Signatures

Viernes

Prayer Day: Petitioning the Lord Together

Saturday

Share Day:
Standing Together on Social Media

Sunday

Worship Day:
Standing Together as One Body

Recursos

Click below for resources to share with your church, community, or organization.

Due to the varying global media coverage related to this situation, many are unaware of the escalating violence and injustice. Resources included a Myanmar fact sheet, a series of biblical reflections, and a “Save Myanmar” video. 

Speak out by signing a petition calling for a full U.S. government and international response to free the imprisoned leaders of Burma or by customizing an advocacy letter to send to the ambassador at your local embassy.

Join us in prayer for 7 minutes daily, focusing on the more than 700 people who have been killed since the military regime’s takeover on February 1Access prayer guides below and share a prayer of solidarity with the people of Myanmar. 

We also invite Baptists to join together in wearing red ribbons as a sign of solidarity with the people of Myanmar. Take a picture wearing your ribbon and post it on social media with the hashtag #standwithmyanmar or use one of our graphics.

Pastors

We invite Baptist pastors worldwide to stand together for the people of Myanmar. We invite you to utilize your mid-week Bible study and/or a portion of your Sunday worship service to call your community to prayer, reflection, and action. 

    To support your church’s participation in this initiative, we have created a variety of resources including a fact sheet, biblical reflections, prayer guides, social media graphics, and a slide presentation in addition to an assortment of video content.

    VIDEOS:

    Youth Leaders

    In response to the escalating violence in Myanmar, the Asia Pacific Baptist Youth have issued a call for prayer and asked youth worldwide to stand in solidarity with the young people of Myanmar. The protests in response to the military coup in February have been largely organized by those in their teens and twenties, and the military has responded with brutality. The average age of the casualties is only seventeen. Please join us in prayer for an end to the violence and restoration of peace and justice.
    Youth are also encouraged to:

    1. Post on social media with the hunger games symbol and hashtags #standwithmyanmar, #youthstandingwithmyanmar, and #myanmarredribbon.
    2. Hold an hour online prayer gathering to stand with Myanmar youth.

    Access resources to help facilitate your youth-led response to this crisis.

    Pequeño arroyo de Mae La Camp

    El Coro de Refugiados de Mae La comparte un lamento titulado "Pequeño arroyo del campo de Mae Lae". 

    Junto al pequeño arroyo de Mae La Camp
    Nos sentamos y lloramos
    Junto al pequeño arroyo de Mae La Camp
    Nos sentamos y lloramos

    En el calor de muchos días
    A través de las noches de insomnio en la tierra extranjera
    Tenemos hambre, sed de libertad
    Cuando la libertad está tan lejos

    ¿Cómo cantaremos la canción de la libertad?
    Cuando la libertad se encadena y se encadena
    ¿Cómo cantaremos la canción de la alegría?
    Cuando la libertad se encadena y se encadena

    Oh my God, oh my God
    ¿Por qué has abandonado
    Oh my God, oh my God
    ¿Por qué nos has abandonado?