The Zomi (Day 17)

The Zomi are the largest ethnic group of Chin State in Myanmar (Burma). Although some Zomi live in India and Bangladesh, most are in Myanmar. Due to persecution and political instability in Myanmar, many Zomi fled, seeking refuge elsewhere. Their first stop is often Malaysia, where around 30,000 Zomi are registered with the UN as refugees and where there is little access to healthcare and schools. Others have already been resettled by the UN and now live in US, UK, Australia, and various European and Asian countries.

Some Zomi now in Malaysia are unregistered and do not have status identity cards. These people are easy targets for abuse and exploitation. They live in fear – of local authorities, of sickness and so on. Many Zomi believers in this situation do not attend church because a security check may send them to a detention center.

Around Chinese New Year earlier this year, a group in Kuala Lumpur organized a 3-day event of Zomi praise and worship. On the second night, the police stopped a chartered bus of conference goers. All of them, even those with identity cards, were forced to pay a hefty fine.

 

Pray

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26): Our Father, we pray for the quick resettlement processing of Zomi waiting in Malaysia. We rejoice that many Zomi now live in countries with much freedom and abundant resources. Send forth more Zomi to spread the Word of God and the blessings You have given them among their own people and the world.

“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:16b): King Jesus, let nothing hinder the Zomi from worshipping You. Raise up Zomi church leaders so that every Zomi believer may more fully enjoy You and Your kingdom.

Ask God how else to pray.

 

Act

Do an online search for a Zomi Christian song video. Join in worship as you watch.

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