Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is located on the mainland of South East Asia. It is bound by China to the north and northeast, Laos to the east, Thailand to the east and southeast, India to the northwest, Bangladesh to the west and the Andaman Sea to the south.
There are over 50,000,000 souls in Myanmar. The main groups are the Burmese, the Shan, the Mon or Talaing, the Karen, the Chin, Kachin, Kaya, Karen, Chin, Mon, Bama, Rakhine, Shane and others.
Over 89% of the population are Theravada Buddhists while 5% are Christians of the Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Protestant churches. In addition, around 4% of the population are Muslims.
Myanmar is the poorest nation in the world, and has many needs, most of them spiritual, but compounded by the poverty that is in the nation. There are a total of 56 million people, nearly 90% of which are Buddhists.
Missionary work in Myanmar began almost 200 years ago and the most successful of all missionaries was Adoniram Judson. His work opened a foothold for Christianity in this Buddhist nation and gave the church a Bible in the Myanmar language. Christian work has basically been amongst the tribal peoples, and the 5% who call themselves Christian are mostly from the Chin, Kachin, and the Karen tribes.
There is a growing concern in the church for the unreached Buddhists.