Since the coup, the opium production rise over 33 percent in Myanmar. Estimated to be the world’s largest region for meth production, the Shan State eastern regions which borders the infamous Golden Triangle of China, Thailand, and Laos floods the country with narcotics.
We are now seeing that poverty is causing a dramatic increase in young boys and men turning to narcotics which cost only 0.20 a pill. This drug is appealing to many young people to experience a little relief from life’s constant burdens of hunger, fear, despair, depression, debt and sickness.
One of our ministry partners has begun to run support groups for addicts. These groups are led by staff who once used themselves, they share their testimony of how they got free of the drug and turned their life around. However, the ministry’s obligation to reach addicts across the country remains enormous. Let’s pray that this ministry group and churches will actively involve in the ministry of liberating addicts from drugs and begin a new life.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age,
Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)