Kachin Baptist churches launch prayer campaign in solidarity with anti-dictatorship movement

More than 400 churches affiliated with the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) will hold daily prayer sessions throughout the month of April to build momentum toward ending Myanmar’s military dictatorship, the organisation’s chair has said. 

The morning prayer program began on April 1 and will continue until the end of the month. 

“Usually, we pray on Sundays. But because of the current circumstances in the country, we have urged every church to pray at 7am every morning, so all the churches will be doing this as a demonstration,” KBC chair Dr. Hkalam Samson said. 

He added that members of the churches have been urged to fast on two Sundays during the prayer cycle.

Congregants will be praying for the establishment of a federal union in Myanmar, for an end to all forms of dictatorship, for peaceful coexistence between ethnic groups, as well as freedom and equality, according to the KBC. 

“This is just another way to demonstrate that we stand with the beliefs of the entire population here,” Dr. Hkalam Samson said.

The Kachin community largely lives in Kachin and Shan states, as well as in Mandalay and Yangon regions. 

KBC has more than 400,000 members, 430 churches and 19 associations. 


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