The Republic of the Union of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is a country in South East Asia about the size of Texas. The country boasts a large coastline, stunning mountainous regions, and everything in between. Its three largest cities are Yangon, Mandalay, and the new capital, Naypidaw. It is a largely Buddhist country and home to the highly-revered Shwedagon Pagoda. The country has three recognized ‘seasons’; Monsoon, summer, and winter. The monsoon rains can last up to six months and dominate a large part of daily life for the people of Myanmar.
In 1962, a military Junta took over Myanmar. Under this regime, Myanmar was subject to some of the world’s most terrible human rights violations while suffering from extreme poverty and malnutrition. The country has recently been moving toward a more democratic process and elected (widely regarded as an orchestrated process) a president (former General) in 2010. Even though the military still maintains considerable control, the country has enjoyed what Hilary Clinton coined ‘flickers of change’: more free speech, more free press, and the release of some (not all) of the political prisoners, as examples.
On November 8, 2015, Myanmar held its first free and open election in 25 years. After five decades of military rule, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's party won a landslide victory. Although, the military continues to weld substantial power, many in Myanmar and throughout the world are hopeful there will be a peaceful transition to democracy.
Myanmar is in the midst of immensely challenging transitions: from conflict to peace, from authoritarian to democratic rule, and from a closed to an open economy.
Regardless of Myanmar's many challenges, Love for Myanmar intends to continue its ministries. We don't see politicians. We don't see military personnel. We don't see Buddhists. We see people-- honorable, humble, and hurting. We intend to continue listening to their perspectives, focusing on their needs, and addressing their hurts.