Sponsor a Child in Myanmar
Myanmar, formerly called Burma, was once the richest nation in Southeast Asia. Now, it is one of the poorest in the region. Little economic progress has been made in the last 40 years, and the military dictatorship that came to power in 1988 has been the source of frequent political tension and civil war. As a result, children are often victims of poverty, disease, and broken families. Some children go to school early in the morning and then help in the fields until late afternoon. Frequently these children appear much younger than their actual age due to their poor diets. Sometimes children are 10 or 11 years old before they are able to start school.
Because foreign missionaries have been forbidden since 1966, the task of evangelism rests on the efforts of local Christians. Established in 1952, our partner Christian Nationals Evangelism Commission (CNEC) assists ministries in Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Their strategy is to win people to Christ through holistic ministries and train them as local missionaries among their own people. Through church planting, leadership training, and children’s ministries, doors are open for outreach to people who live in physical and spiritual need. Nearly 1,500 children are assisted by the Sponsor A Child ministry spread throughout 20 locations in northern Myanmar.
Grace Haven: CNEC also operates a network of orphanages in Myanmar.The great need for educating poor children was recognized by Pastor Cha Tan Yone who, with his wife, Susan, established the first Grace Haven Orphanage in eastern Myanmar. Grace Haven is a government-registered Christian orphanage that cares for orphans and children whose families are so poor they cannot provide for them. The numbers grew rapidly as abandoned children were brought to Grace Haven by relatives and neighbors. Today, more than 900 children in 13 Grace Haven homes receive assistance.
After accepting Christ through the Sponsor A Child program, a number of Burmese children go on to Bible school and then return to their country to work as church planters, evangelists, and teachers.