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Cyclone Nargis claimed the lives of approximately 140,000 people when it slammed into mainland Myanmar (Burma). Health facilities throughout the country sustained 75% damage and 4,000 schools were destroyed or severely damaged. Of the 800,000 homes that were affected by the storm, 450,000 were completely decimated. Food stocks were cut in half as were the tools necessary to grow crops. An estimated 2.4 million people were touched by Nargis’ severity.

In spite of the government’s efforts to thwart foreign relief groups from delivering aid, Bridge of Hope was able to administer aid to the people of Myanmar. About 90% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. Only 4% of the country identify themselves as Christian. However, with the delivery of 100,000 pounds of food, water and medical supplies, BOH showed the love of Christ to the people of a nation that does not know Him.

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Bridge of Hope delivers 100,000 pounds of food, water and medical supplies in the wake of Cyclone Nargis that devastated 800,000 homes and 75% of health facilities.

Prayer Focus Points:

An awareness of the Gospel message as people continue to rebuild their lives and try to establish themselves again.

Continued supply of food and medical supplies to those still ravaged by the cyclone’s destruction, as well as the effort to rebuild medical facilities.

Peace and comfort to come to those still dealing with the loss of loved ones and a normal way of life after this disaster.

Country Details:

Land area: 253,954 sq mi (657,741 sq km); total area: 261,969 q mi (678,500 sq km)

Population (2008 est.): 47,758,181 (growth rate: 0.8%); birth rate: 17.2/1000; infant mortality rate: 49.1/1000; life expectancy: 62.9; density per sq km: 72

Ethnicity/race: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Mon 2%, Indian 2%, other 5%

Literacy rate: 83% (1995 est.)

Religions: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Islam 4%, Animist 1%, other 2%

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