BCANA stands for “Burmese Christian Association of North America” which comprises of twelve member churches across United States of America and Canada. It is an interdenominational and nonprofit religious organization with the purpose of building the Kingdom of God in North America and beyond. Here are the current members of the association:
- First Burmese Baptist Church of San Francisco
- Burmese Christian Community Church of Silicon Valley
- Oakland Burmese Mission Baptist Church
- Adoniram Judson Memorial Baptist Church of LA
- Burmese Christian Fellowship Church of LA
- Kachin Baptist Church of Los Angeles
- Myanmar Baptist Church of New York
- Calvary Burmese Church , Washington DC
- Oversea Burmese Christian Fellowship of Massachusetts
- Oregon Myanmar Christian Church
- Vancouver Myanmar Baptist Fellowship
- Myanmar Christian Church of Metro Chicago
- City Bible Burmese Church
- Greater Houston Burmese Christian Fellowship
The association was born on July 30th 1998 at beautiful Honolulu of Hawaii during “Asian American Baptist Pastors, seminarians, and lay leaders’ conference, sponsored by Asian Ministry of American Baptist Churches of USA. During a break, Rev. Latt Yishey organized an informal meeting with Burmese pastors, and some lay leaders to envision together to form a Burmese Christian organization. Lawrence Chow was not there but he kindly prepared a draft by-laws of the organization. After prayerfully and carefully discussion, everyone unanimously agreed to form an organization named “Burmese Christian Fellowship of North America”. We met at Perry’s Smorgy Restaurant, Honolulu and it became the birth place of BCANA. Rev. Maran Yaw made a dedication prayer for our new born organization.
The participants at the first meeting were Rev. Latt Yishey, Allan Hla-Oung, and Su Hock Wu from First Burmese Baptist Church of San Francisco, the late Rev. Wai Lin Naing and Stacy Chou from Myanmar Baptist Church of New York, Rev. Dr. Yawba Lasaw from Kachin Baptist Church of Los Angeles, Rev. Maran Yaw from Calvary Baptist Church, and Rev. Zaw Wynn Tan from Oversea Burmese Christian Fellowship of Massachusett. Allan Hla-Oung was elected as Convener of the organization.
The name has changed to “Burmese Christian Association of North America” (BCANA) when national leaders of Burmese churches (two delegates from each church) met at the First Burmese Baptist Church of San Francisco on February 2000. Since then, God has showered the organization with many blessings including “Youth & Young Adult Conference,” “Ministers and Spouses’ Retreat,” “New Member Churches,” and many opportunities to expand His ministry across North America.
New Member Churches are welcomed
Since Burmese churches have been rapidly growing across North America, we would like to welcome your church to join together with us to do the great commission of Jesus Christ locally and globally. Contact us for the new membership information.