Colorado Burma Roundtable Network: CBRTNChristian Missions to SE Asia and Colorado
Colorado Burma Roundtable Network: CBRTNChristian Missions to SE Asia and Colorado • OVERVIEW • Current situation in Burma • Persecution of ethnic tribes: The Karen People • What does CBRTN do to help? • What can you do to help?
Colorado Burma Roundtable Network: CBRTNChristian Missions to SE Asia and Colorado Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58: 6-9 (KJV)
What is happening in Burma Today? - Military JuntaHouse arrest of - Aung San Suu Kyi since 1989Majority ‘Burmans’ terrorizing ethnic hilltribes – including the ‘Karen’Over 3,000 villages destroyed – internally displaced people (IDP’s) flee to camps in Thailand, live in jungle
Reality of the situation inside BurmaGreat suffering – Karen and others used as ‘porters’; rape, torture, murder – commonMen used as human mine-clearersChildren and women are not spared
Where are the IDP’s fleeing to?Thai authorities have established large refugee camps inside ThailandThere are many IDP camps inside Burma
Amidst this suffering – joy, singing, happiness and love!Many (perhaps over 80%) of the Karen in camps are Christian: Missionary Adoniram Judson ~1814, RangoonKaren speak of the legend of ‘The Golden Book’ – that the white brother would bring to them…Bible Schools in the jungle
What is being done to help those being persecuted?Organizations like the Free Burma Rangers document abuses inside Burma – at great danger to themselvesThe UN has been petitioned: Burma is blacklisted – it is the world’s #2 opium producerBurma Military expenditures: (2005 est. 40% GDP) [Burma Army ~500K men]; compared to 3% on healthcare
Cyclone Nargis – junta refused the delivery of international aidAmidst the suffering caused by the Burma Army – cyclone Nargis impacted Karen and other Burmese tribesIrawaddy delta badly affected – many tens of thousands deadThousands still without basic supplies – disease will cause many more fatalities
What does CBRTN do?Christian Missions to SE Asia: support for Christian missionaries, delivering food, drugs, healthcare etc.Acts of Christian mercy to refugees here in USA: food, clothing, education, travel, advice etc.
What does CBRTN do? - http:\\www.cbrtn.org CBRTN is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizationIn the last 12 months we have provided ~$100,000 in aid and acts of mercy – without ANY overhead expenses!We are overtly Christian – and God is good!
How can you demonstrate Christ’s love to the Karen?How to get involved? • There are many ways to help: • Adopt a Karen family – you will need training from the resettlement agencies • Assist with transportation, medical and food needs, educational needs here in Colorado (e.g. clothes, rice cookers, rice, food) • Commit to providing funds on a regular basis to meet needs as they arise – e.g. funds to transport IDP’s into a camp, assistance to missionaries in the field, etc. • Take a trip to Thailand and Burma with us • Commit to prayer on a regular basis • Commit to writing to your senator and other political leaders • As God leads you…the needs are great
CBRTN: Thank You and May God Bless You Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me. Matthew 25:40
CBRTN: Thank You and May God Bless You ‘They call us a displaced people, But praise God; we are not misplaced. They say they see no hope for our future, But praise God; our futures are as bright as the promises of God. They say they see the life of our people is a misery, But praise God; our life is a mystery. For what they say is what they see, And what they see is temporal. But ours is eternal. All because we put ourselves In the hands of the God we trust. Reverend Dr. Saw Simon Mae La Refugee Camp