Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Gospel for Asia (GFA), a ministry that has been serving the least of these in Asia since 1979, has issued an urgent prayer appeal on behalf of one of its field-partner workers who was abducted at gunpoint in Myanmar. On January 19, five people forced Pastor Tun Nu to leave his home at gunpoint in the country’s western Sittwe District in Rakhine State. Pastor Tun Nu has been serving this troublesome area with one of GFA’s field partners. The kidnappers told Pastor Tun that their leader, who is part of an armed rebel group, wanted to question him.
The incident was reported to local officials who have not been able to locate him. Pastor Tun’s wife, local church members, and regional church leaders have been unsuccessful in determining his whereabouts.
A local pastor who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons told ICC,
“Pastor Tun’s family doesn’t know where to look for him. People in the area are too scared to look for him. We have already checked with the army and police, yet they do not know where he is as well. And we have not received any help in searching for him. There is indeed little hope for him.”
The founder of GFA, Dr. K.P. Yohannan, said,
“We are extremely concerned for Pastor Tun’s safety, and we appeal to Christians around the world to join us in praying for his release without harm.”
“Please pray earnestly for peace and strength for Pastor Tun, wherever he may be, and for comfort for his family and church members,” he added.
“And we are also praying for those who have taken him, that God will touch their hearts and reveal his love to them, and cause them to release Pastor Tun.”
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