Burmese in New Zealand


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Introduction / History

Starting in 2004, Burmese began coming to New Zealand as refugees. Many suffered religious persecution during Burma's (or Myanmar as it is now called) Civil War.

Burmese nationals make up about 50% of the refugees in New Zealand. It is said the Burmese remain in New Zealand because there is nothing to go home to in Burma. Though they experience language problems, the children have homes to live in and schools to attend in New Zealand.

The Burmese in New Zealand speak Burmese and English. Many live in Wellington and Auckland.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Community networks for women play a part in helping women to get used to life in New Zealand. They provide information and help keeping their culture. Adults and children can attend education classes. Volunteers and teachers help the women to adjust to life in New Zealand. They help build relationships between the Burmese and New Zealanders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Burmese in New Zealand predominantly practice Buddhism, the major world religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama or the Buddha, who lived in the 6th and 5th centuries BC in ancient India. The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths by which one can obtain spiritual knowledge and escape the endless cycles of reincarnation. Theravada, one of the two major branches of Buddhism, teaches that by following the Noble Eightfold Path of righteous intentions and right actions that a Buddhist can achieve Nirvana or a state of freedom and salvation. Mahayana Buddhism, the other main branch of Buddhism, asserts that by following the six perfections that a Buddhist can move along the path to Enlightenment.

To most Buddhists, however, these teachings have far less meaning than their traditional beliefs, which are usually animistic. In animism, evil spirits must be appeased through prayers, sacrifices and rituals. Buddhism allows people to mix Buddhist teachings with traditional religion.

Two of the important Buddhist yearly holidays are Vesnak, the Buddha's birthday celebration in May or June and Bodhi Day, the holiday which commemorates the day that the historical Buddha experienced Enlightenment under a Bodhi tree.


What Are Their Needs?

Culturally, the Burmese in New Zealand need to maintain their culture while also fitting into New Zealand society.

Spiritually, they need to hear the gospel proclaimed in their language and to become born again followers of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to proclaim the gospel in the Burmese language to all Burmese in New Zealand.

Pray that New Zealand Christian believers will make Burmese disciples who will make more disciples.

Pray that the Holy Spirit gives conviction of sin and the need to be forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray for an indigenous church planting movement amongst the Burmese in New Zealand.


Scripture Prayers for the Burmese in New Zealand.


References

nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?C id=1&objectid=10875026


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Burmese
People Name in Country Burmese
Pronunciation bur-MEEZE
Alternate Names Bama; Bamar; Bamas; Burman; Man; Myan; Myan, Myen; Myanmas; Myen; Yaw; बर्मीज़
Population this Country 2,500
Population all Countries 31,960,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11029
ROP3 Code 101776
ROP25 Code 301501
ROP25 Name Burmese (Bhama)
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
94.70 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
4.30 %
Non-Religious
0.40 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Burmese (2,500 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Burmese (2,500 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Burmese

Primary Language:  Burmese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1832-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2021)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Burmese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
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General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Burmese YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Burmese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Burmese Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
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