Buddhism has a strong hold in Myanmar.
Rev. Ai was arrested in 2018 along with other Christian leaders during a separatist crackdown in Wa state.
His family struggled while he was in prison, and members of the Wa State Army prevented other believers from helping them. Ai was released after several months, but the situation remains very difficult for Christians in the region. They are not allowed to meet for fellowship or even pray before meals, and pastors are strictly prohibited from leading church activities. Ai and his family would like to leave the area, but as members of the Wa ethnic group they are not allowed to move outside Wa state borders.