“LOVE EACH OTHER.
UNITE AND WORK FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND PEACE.
FORGIVE AND DON’T HATE EACH OTHER.
PRAY WITH FAITH, ACT WITH COURAGE, NEVER SURRENDER.”
The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement working to bring help, hope and love to people in the conflict zones of Burma, Iraq, and Sudan. Working in conjunction with local ethnic pro-democracy groups, FBR trains, supplies, and later coordinates with what become highly mobile multipurpose relief teams. After training these teams provide critical emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing and human rights documentation in their home regions.
The situation in Burma is as complex as it is long. Over 60 years of civil war have left Burma one of the poorest countries in the world. During this time, successive military dictatorships killed thousands of their own people and displaced millions in resistance areas. The resulting power vacuum has created a situation ripe for drug cultivation, child soldiers, acts of possible genocide, and starvation.
In recent years the government of Burma has taken many positive steps, including the election of a civilian government under the National League of Democracy (NLD). However, the Burmese military still retains significant political power, and they have yet to resolve many of the ongoing internal conflicts. With the world focused on the change in government, human rights abuses including rapes, murder, indiscriminate airstrikes, and kidnapping still continue to be reported in areas being attacked and occupied by the Burma Army.
10 March 2019
A few months later, we met Naw Paw Tha, whose husband, an NGO worker, was gunned down by the Burma Army in March 2018. She is in hiding now with her seven children and no justice has been done. Instead, the Burma Army continues to build up its forces near where she and over 2,500 displaced Karen live in northern Karen State. We prayed with her in the jungle after her husband was killed and are helping her and her children. When we gave her a medal in honor of her husband she started to cry. This broke my heart and I
asked God to help us.
Over 25 years of working in Burma and still murders, shootings, and displacements like this go on. The Burma Army attacks its own people with impunity and there is no change in this. This is tragic and would seem hopeless except we know God cares and that the prayers of people change things. So as you read this year’s magazine, please pray and ask God how to pray. Please pray for love over hate, justice over revenge, freedom over slavery, reconciliation over unforgiveness. Jesus gives us the power to do this when we ask Him. In the midst of evil and suffering we do see God’s love shine through people as they choose to help
each other in the face of great odds. God only has us do what He helps us to do. We do not have to and cannot help everyone, but we each can help those that God puts in front of us to help. It is the power of Jesus that enables us to help others and brings new life and hope for all of us.
Thank you for caring, praying, and helping.
God bless you,
David Eubank, family and all of CCB