The work of the Salvation Army commenced in Burma in 1915 under the administration of India. Thirteen years later it became a separate command. Despite restrictions on the entry of officers and lay workers from overseas, Myanmar Salvationists have continued to develop their witness and service in the nation, particularly in Upper Myanmar (Mizo-speaking).
In 1994, the Myanmar Region became part of the Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory. The Region comes under the direction of a Regional Officer. There are four districts under the leadership of District Officers. Two Burmese districts are in Lower Myanmar, with headquarters in Yangon and Mandalay and two Mizo districts are located in Upper Myanmar with headquarters in Kalaymyo and Khampat.
There is a School for Officer Training in Yangon which has facilities for training up to 14 future officers of the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.
The Army has over 50 corps (churches) in Myanmar, in the capital city of Yangon, and in Central and Upper Myanmar. A number of new corps have been planted in recent years and the work is growing steadily. Many corps run after-school tuition programmes for children in their communities. Activities are also held for women and youth.
The Myanmar Region runs three children homes. Two are in the Tarmway Township of Yangon - a home for 50 boys and another for 50 girls. Further north in the town Pyu, the Salvation Army has a home for 50 children.
A wide-ranging community based HIV/AIDS programme is carried out in Upper Myanmar. This includes community education and practical support for families affected by HIV / AIDS.
In conjunction with other agencies the Salvation Army has been able to provide community tube-wells in a number of rural villages in Upper Myanmar.
The Region operates a micro-credit scheme to enable women to support themselves.
After Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar in May 2008, the Salvation Army was involved alongside many other groups in distributing emergency food aid, providing housing and assisting people to regain their livelihoods.
If you wish to contact the Salvation Army in Myanmar or wish to support the work, please firstly make contact with the Territorial Headquarters in Singapore.