God Answers NCC’s, American Baptists’ Prayer: Myanmar Military Drops Case Against Pastor

Juicy Ecumenism | 9/11/2019 | Faith McDonnell
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Just four days after the National Council of Churches (NCC) and American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) expressed concern for the safety of two Baptist Clergy in Myanmar, God has answered their prayers. A lawsuit against Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, which could also endanger Pastor Lanjaw Gam Seng, was withdrawn. News of the lawsuit being dropped came one day after ABCUSA churches were urged to have a special time of prayer for the pastors in their September 8 worship services.

On Thursday, September 5, the NCC reported that Rev. Samson, President of the Kachin Baptist Convention, faced worrisome legal action. Samson, also former General Secretary for the Baptists, was being sued by a Myanmar military commander. The NCC statement decried “this move meant to intimidate and silence dissent by people of faith across Myanmar.”

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In an appeal to church member communions, the NCC explained, “Both of these clergy, our brothers in Christ, attended the recent Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the U.S. State Department.” Both the NCC and the American Baptist Church believe that the lawsuit, instigated by Lt. Col. Than Htike of the Northern Command, was a response to Rev. Samson and Pastor Gam Seng’s presence in Washington, DC.

Rev. Samson was part of a group of victims of persecution that were invited to The White House to meet President Donald Trump during the Ministerial. The Kachin leader discussed the state of religious freedom in Myanmar with President Trump. According to The Irrawaddy news service, court documents revealed that Lt. Col. Htike’s complaint cited a live broadcast of the conversation between Samson and Trump from the Facebook page of the ABC program “World News Now.”

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