“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.
8 March 2020
Thank you for praying all these years for the people of Burma. Your prayers have made a
difference: there have been ceasefires, people have been able to move around and travel a little more,
and there has been more of a process of shared governance. These are some of the good things that
we have seen with our eyes and experienced.
However, the military still runs the country of Burma and it is not a true democracy. Over one
million Rohingya have been displaced and are not able to come home. In Arakan State this year, heavy
fighting displaced over 30,000 people. In northern Burma, over 100,000 people remain displaced as
fighting continues. In Karen State, the Burma Army repeatedly violates the ceasefire and displacement
fluctuates from 1,000 to 3,000 with each attack. The people of Burma still need prayer.
Ultimately, we hope and pray that people’s hearts would soften, and they would learn to follow
the way of love. For me, that love comes from Jesus who has taken the hardness in my heart, my
selfishness, and even my desire for revenge, and turned it into love, hope, and reconciliation. That
continues to be my prayer – that love, hope, and reconciliation will grow amongst all people in
Burma. Thank you for joining us in that prayer.
May God bless you,
David Eubank, family and all of CCB