Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support that enables our FBR relief teams to give help, hope, love and get the news out in Burma, Sudan and Kurdistan, Iraq. Our supporting foundation is Free the Oppressed and it covers all of our different projects. The name of the foundation is inspired by the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” FBR is made up of people of different faiths and all are free to believe as they choose. We of different faiths and ethnicities are joined in love as we try to serve the oppressed. For me, I want to follow Jesus in this and share His love with all in need.
In 1997 with the help of a Karen medic, Eliya, and many other ethnic leaders we started FBR. We started with the idea that even though we are small, if we helped one person they would be glad and we would be glad. I go to try to help because I feel it is God’s place for me – that is my soul; because oppression is wrong – that is my mind; because I love these people – that is my heart; and because I like to like to be on the frontline – that is my body. My wife and children go on missions with us and we now have 70 multi-ethnic, multi-faith relief teams and a wonderful staff of both locals and foreigners to support all of this.
In Burma, which is our main area of mission, there are good changes with the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi winning the election and leading the new government. However, many people in the conflict areas could not vote and the military still controls an automatic 25% of the seats in Parliament due to the constitution put in place by the dictatorship in 2008. Attacks continue against the Kachin, Shan and Ta’ang in northern Burma and against the Arakan in western Burma. Even in ceasefire areas, the Burma Army has not withdrawn its forces. Also in western Burma over 100,000 of the Rohingya minority live in concentration camps. We pray for, stand with and help those left out of this process, and those under attack and oppression.
In the midst of this continuing oppression and uncertainty in their country, Rangers from Burma feel the call of God to go help people under attack in Kurdistan, Sudan and other places in the world. We see the power of God in this and, as in Burma, we go compelled by His love to give help, hope and love in Jesus’ name. In 2014 we went on our first mission to Sudan, and in 2015, we began missions to Kurdistan with our ethnic Burma teams, sharing the love of Jesus, providing medical training on the front lines, doing children’s programs in the IDP camps and getting the news out. We stand against oppressors, be they in Burma, Kurdistan, or Sudan, and we’re also praying for the oppressors—and asking God for love for them. No one is beyond redemption. A Burma soldier who once murdered villagers left the army, joined our teams, repented and was baptized. He is a new man in Christ and this is our prayer for all of us: that we are the people God created us to be. Psalm 77:19 says what I feel about how God leads us, “Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.” We follow an invisible God who visibly changes us!
Thank you for helping and praying with us and I look forward to when we can meet.
God bless you,
Dave, family and teams
David Eubank was born in Texas and grew up as the son of Christian missionaries in Thailand before attending Texas A&M University and being commissioned as an officer in the US Army. He is a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, is the founder and leader of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian service movement for oppressed ethnic minorities of all races and religions in the Burma, Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Sudan war zones. Along with relief, his personal mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ and to help people be free from oppression. FBR teams are comprised of men and women of different ethnicities and faiths that are united for freedom by the bond of love and service. David is joined on missions by his wife Karen and three children; Sahale 20, Suuzanne 18,and Peter 14. Together they work alongside the over 100 ethnic FBR relief teams in the conflict areas of Burma, Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Sudan giving help, hope and love and putting a light on the situation. The Eubank family started the Global Day of Prayer for Burma and the Good life Club family outreach program.