Lighting the Path in Burma

Ronnie Tun is a native Burmese ministry leader supported by Christian Aid. In a country rife with poverty, disease, gangs of drug smugglers and a corrupt military junta infamous for its human rights abuses, Tun's ministry aims for restoration through the power of Christ.

"Our political situation is discouraging, and we are at the bottom economically," said Tun. "Yet ranscending this gloom is a spiritual awakening."

With the funds sent by Christian Aid, Tun paid for rice for the neediest families. On several occasions, Tun bought houses for the families who lived together in crowded hovels. Most families were overwhelmed by the generosity, and protested that the money go elsewhere. Each house cost approximately $400.

Heroin users and prostitutes in Burma have perpetuated the HIV epidemic that has plagued the nation and spread to large parts of Asia. Through the compassion of Tun's ministry, many have received care. WFC has also sent workers to communities inhabited by those with leprosy. Regular visits, prayer, food and medicine have all contributed to several recoveries.

The annual monsoons faced by the Burmese have also been opportunities for WFC workers to share Christ's love. Bamboo homes are built for families whose houses are destroyed by the floods. Clothing is also distributed. Many times, each family will only have a few items of clothing they must share amongst each other.

The severe floods also contaminate water supplies, making wells a desperately needed commodity. In 2005, Tun's gospel workers were able to drill 30 wells in poor villages in Rangoon.

The wells dug by WFC opened the door for Tun's workers to share the message of Christ. WFC opened a Christian school in Rangoon for the children of poor parents, who would otherwise be sent to Buddhist monasteries by the local authorities.

Tun has also started a radio ministry. To reach Buddhists, Tun speaks in Pali, a liturgical language in which the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism were written.