Monday, April 13, 2009

FBR: FBR: The Flight of the Jungle Chicken, April 2009

FBR: The Flight of the Jungle Chicken, April 2009
Karen State, Burma
12 April, 2009

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and help. We are grateful to be on this team with you. With your help we now have 49 multi- ethnic relief teams giving help, hope and love in the conflict areas of Burma. We spend most of each year on foot with these teams and we thank God for good health and favor. Sahale, Suu and Peter are 'backpack' schooled by Karen where ever we are and love their 'aunties' and 'uncles' inside Burma.

Last year after a relief mission, we were arrested and held for three days by local authorities because of our work to help the displaced in Burma. We thank God that this was a good opportunity to make new friends and to share about the suffering of the Burmese people as well as to testify about God's love. We were released and by the grace of God and your prayers can continue this work.

Another gift was the new base for the Free Burma Rangers. Our Great Aunt Pauline and dear friend Billy Barrett both willed us funds for a support base. We now have a home, office, classroom, bunkhouse, mango orchard, horses and playing field on a large piece of land in the hills next to a national forest.

One of many lessons learned: Risk vs. Gamble:

To do anything good- risks must be taken. .For us the difference between risk and gamble is this; A gamble is when we decide what to do, then ask God to help us do it. A risk is when we ask God what to do, then ask God to help us do it. We want to be obedient always, to take risks when needed, to be joyful and careful only of our souls. Here are two quotes from different eras.

"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever." - Saint Thomas Aquinas 13th Century Priest.

"If you want the submarine to be safe, you should weld it to the pier." -- CDR Peter Dawson, US Navy. 21st Century Brother-in-law.

God bless you, Dave, Karen, Sahale, Suu, Peter and the teams here.

Matthew 6:33. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."


Good Life Club in Karen State
Medic Eliya and Sahale race
Our medic treating our friend shot by the Burma Army at a road crossing
Peter rides on releif mission
Sahale crosses a river during team training
Eubank family in Burma after training of relief teams

Family trying to cross a Burma Army controlled road





 

 

The Free Burma Ranger’s (FBR) mission is to provide hope, help and love to internally displaced people inside Burma, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Using a network of indigenous field teams, FBR reports on human rights abuses, casualties and the humanitarian needs of people who are under the oppression of the Burma Army. FBR provides medical, spiritual and educational resources for IDP communities as they struggle to survive Burmese military attacks.

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