“…for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” – 1 Corinthians 16:9
The military junta has increased not only their internet policing but have also started to block many of the apps and internet outlets that Burmese people rely on. Prior to the coup, digital evangelism was taking off in Myanmar: Over 20.7 million people had seen Gospel ads on Facebook, over 1 million had been ministered to one-on-one by indigenous digital evangelists, and over 730 made a profession of faith in Jesus. The internet shutdown impacted the scope of using Facebook to seed all of Myanmar with the Gospel. It also increased the difficulty of connecting these new believers to local churches and pastors, and all efforts to continue using Facebook to seed all of Myanmar with the Gospel. In the year following, we have seen an increase in follow ups, but many churches are wary of adding strangers to their fellowships as dalans, or spys, are constantly trying to infiltrate groups.
1. Pray that the Lord would faithfully shepherd and guard these new believers, making them strong in faith and fruitful in His Spirit.
2. Pray in bold faith that a great and effective door for the Gospel would be re-opened in Myanmar through digital evangelism and that the church would be filled with boldness as they follow up with these new Christians.