The Free Burma Rangers are a group of Christians who seek to show love to those who have suffered oppression and support them in their time of need.
On mission in Syria, they are showing love to those who have suffered extreme oppression under the Sharia Law rule of the Islamic State.
By providing help to those who have managed to flee, they are proving how God’s love is superior and truly conquers all.
A battered woman who recently escaped from ISIS’ last stronghold explained it this way:
“We were told we would be killed if we tried to escape and even if we made it, the enemy would kill us. — But we were desperate and so we ran away and now we see you all help us and are kind and do not kill us. Thank you, thank you.”
As the pressure increases on the last remaining stronghold controlled by ISIS fighters, they have begun to tighten their grip on the population still under their control.
Harsh Sharia Law has been imposed and any who attempt to escape are shot and killed.
Fear is the only tool these satanic terrorists have in their arsenal to keep the population in line.
So far, 12,000 people, mostly women and children, have managed to escape, many in the dead of night and often spending their life savings to pay bribes to anyone who catches them.
The trek is brutal and at least 69 people have died along the journey.
The contrast for those who do manage to escape and survive the trek cannot be clearer.
The Free Burma Rangers have been meeting people along the road to provide them with food, water, and other much needed supplies as well as giving them rides back to the nearby Al-Hol Refugee Camp where they are assigned to a shelter.
“We are giving medical care, blankets, food, and water,” said the group’s founder, former U.S. Army Special Forces officer David Eubank. “Yesterday our medics helped deliver two babies and assisted in two more deliveries.”
But the Free Burma Rangers are providing more than humanitarian supplies and medical aid.
They’re showing the love of Jesus Christ to those who have just suffered under the fear, hate, and oppression of the Enemy.
Even better, they’re sharing the Gospel with folks who may be hearing the Good news for the first time in their entire lives.
According to CBN News, “Despite the constant reality of death, new life is springing out of the desert and Christians are helping make that happen.”
“We pray with them,” Eubank explained. “‘The way of ISIS, the way of hate is over’ we tell them … ‘ISIS will never give you justice. It is the wrong way. Ask God for a new way and be thankful you are alive.'”
“We feel Jesus has us here to share His love … We will remain here in the desert until we are sure none are left and then send all remaining supplies to the refugee camps they are being moved to,” Eubank promised.
The Free Berma Rangers look to Luke 4:18-19 for the inspiration behind their mission:
“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.”
According to the organization’s website, “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.”
The organization was founded by former U.S. Army Special Forces officer David Eubank. A bio on the FBR website tells his story:
“David Eubank, 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, Kurdistan 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, his wife Karen and their three children: Sahale, 15; Suuzanne, 13; and Peter, 10; work alongside the 70 ethnic FBR relief teams in the conflict areas of Burma giving help, hope and love and recently began relief missions to help the Kurds under attack by ISIS in Iraq. FBR also conducts relief missions in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The Eubank family started the Global Day of Prayer for Burma and the Good Life Club family outreach program.”
Please pray for the FBR and their mission as well as for those they are serving. Pray for redemption and healing and a new life for those who have suffered under Islamic extremism. Pray that they would know the grace and freedom of Christ!