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Graduation, Baptism, People and Monkey operations in Burma
January 1, 2017
17 New Free Burma Ranger Teams Graduate Relief Team Training and go to help the oppressed and those under attack.
17 new Ranger teams, and 6 Advanced Ranger teams graduated at the Free Burma Rangers' Tah U Wah Camp, in Karen State, Burma on 28 December 2016: They are now on relief missions to help respond to those in need and to new attacks by the Burma Army especially against the Kachin and Shan in Northern Burma. The teams trained are from different ethnic groups in Burma; Arakan, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Lahu, and both Northern and Southern Shan teams.
Graduation was also a special day as one of our volunteers Ferrin Peterson, became the first foreigner to be baptized here. Ferrin has been helping us with our horses and mules in between vet school and asked to be baptized here in the river that runs through our camp. A mixed ethnic choir sang Holy,Holy, Holy as she entered the water and Pastor Edmund and I baptized her. As she came out of the water Sahale sang, "Jesus set me Free" in Arabic. It was a beautiful scene of people and nature all in God's glory. During this training we were helped by many other visitors including Dr. Bob Arnold who helped our chief JSMK medic Toh perform a successful eye operation for a Karen villager. And Eliya came just in time to do a dental procedure on our children’s pet monkey, Kid. Another blessing we want to thank you all for is the recovery of our little filly Grace who almost died back in April and we asked you for prayer for her. Her picture is below and she is healthy and happy!
The new Rangers completed a three month training program, which began with carrying loads to supply the camp then two weeks of intensive training in swimming, land-navigation and Good Life Club/chaplaincy/spiritual development. The training included instruction in: Ethnic Unity, Leadership Principles, Map Reading and Drawing, Compass Reading, Land Navigation, GPS (Global Positioning System) Use, Landmine Removal, Swimming and Lifesaving, Solar Power and Battery Management, Human Rights Violations Recording and Reporting, Operation Order Writing, SALUTE Reporting, General Reporting, Counseling, Video and Photography, Medical Training, Three Field Training Exercises, Physical Training, Rope Bridge Building, Poncho Raft, Rappelling, and Good Life Club Training. The new Rangers are now using their skills to serve those in need. Thank you for being in this with us and God bless you,
Dave and all the Free Burma Rangers
The Free Burma Rangers (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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