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Fambawl Run Lian & Grace

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Myanmar

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is an Asian country bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. It is predominately a Buddhist country with about 100 different ethnic groups. The largest city is Yangon, which used to be called Rangoon. The population is about 50 million of which 6% identify themselves as Christians.

Since British rule ended in 1948 Myanmar has existed largely isolated from interaction with most other countries, and in the absence of trade has suffered from economic stagnation and consequently remains today an underdeveloped country in which the basic necessities of life are barely in reach of large numbers of the population.

The Christian history of Myanmar began in the 19th century. You can find a good account of the period of missions at https://sialki.wordpress.com. However there is today a strong indigenous church in Myanmar which cannot be explained by missionary activity. In the twentieth century there have been a number of amazing revivals in which literally millions of Myanmar people were swept into the Kingdom by the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. An account of one of these revivals, which took place in Chin State in the 1970's, can be found at www.muc7.org/2017/03/the-great-revival-of-1973-in-tedim.html. It was in this revival the Run Lian as a young man gave his life to the Lord.