“Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there.”
As violence spreads across Myanmar from the military junta, gang warfare is also spiking in the nation’s worst slums. Since all rule of law has broken down, gangs have stepped into slum communities to offer protection in the absence of police – and as they always do, they prey on men and youth who are desperately hungry for a sense of security, belonging, and control in their chaos-ridden world. The result has been a massive increase in violence. Armed with machetes and molotov cocktails, these groups are highly vengeful and have caused a surge of blood feuds and killings. One ministry reported recently hearing about two young men who joined a gang and were killed in a fight over two dollars.
1. Cry out to the LORD God for these residents, that He would protect them and bring salvation instead of violence to fill their communities.
2. Pray for the leaders of these gangs, that the LORD God would change their hearts and transform them into true protectors of these vulnerable communities.