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Commandos for Jesus (Article: Foreign Policy)

Kachin-1000New FBR teams listening to IDPs tell their story

27 September 2012

“Meet the former Green Berets delivering aid to some of the most blighted corners of Burma, and saving souls along the way.”


To understand the response below, it is necessary to read the article Commandos for Jesus above.

Free Burma Rangers is famous for providing aid to ethnic groups in Burma who have resisted the government. By all accounts that I have heard, and from what I have seen, FBR is a serious organization.

The Leader of the Rangers provided me this response and clarification to the Foreign Policy article:

Response to the Foreign Policy article. I would like to clarify a few issues.

1) I (called Doug in the article) am the leader of the Free Burma rangers and am follower of Jesus. I am not a very good follower but one who loves Jesus and am grateful for all He does for me. Most of the leadership of FBR is also Christian but we are open to all people who want to serve their people. We have people from many and no religion on our teams. We have never called ourselves nor think of ourselves as ‘commandos for Jesus’. This is to us, silly and inaccurate.

2) Most of FBR is not armed and we have no program to arm teams. Our role is humanitarian and not to fight the Burma army. At the same time we are not pacifists and the teams can defend themselves and the people they are helping if under attack. How they do that tis up to them. The rangers can carry arms if they can get them. Most cannot and so go on the missions unarmed. One of our rules is that whether you are armed or not, you can not to run if the people cannot run. You must stay with them.

The values we try to help each other live are:

1. Help the people get the news out
2. Do not be led by comfort or fear
3. When afraid, ask for love and go in power of that love
4. Lead by example; lead from the front; people depend on you
5. Always be prepared
6. Pray, think, act
7. Do the best thing even when difficult
8. Be humble; ask for forgiveness
9. Tell the truth at all cost
10.When people are in danger, stay with them
11.Pray for your enemies
12. Respect the local way
13.Open, transparent and welcoming to all
14. Fitness for your part of the mission
15. Work as a team
16. Develop people to be all they can be
17. Never give up

The FBR has met with members of the new Burma government and we are hoping to develop a relationship with them in support of positive change in Burma. At the same time we continue our mission of help, hope and love and standing with oppressed.

Thank you and God bless you, the Free Burma Rangers


+7 # RE: Commandos for Jesus (Article: Foreign Policy)Heath 2012-09-27 14:21
That is an awesome testimony. Pray and fast for the people of Burma and Thailand. Pray that people see the love that is in Jesus Christ and as a Deaf man who uses sign language, I am praying for healing in body, mind and souls that supernatural miracles will happen through prayers and fastings. Pray that more people get saved through Jesus Christ's love and grace.
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+7 # RE: Commandos for Jesus (Article: Foreign Policy)Travis 2012-09-27 14:36
God bless everyone involved with FBR. Praying for there safty and support!
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+5 # Donations?Paul 2012-09-27 15:09
How do folks send them money or other support?
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-1 # rezman 2012-09-28 07:20
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+6 # missionariesMYFan 2012-09-27 15:28
Contrast Christian missionaries to Muslim missionaries (terrorists).
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# PatriotRudy 2012-09-27 16:29
Glory to God - Jesus Christ is coming soon - rejoice!!!
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-3 # Soon? Sun Tzu?Sun Tzu 2012-09-27 20:13
Quoting Rudy:
Glory to God - Jesus Christ is coming soon - rejoice!!!

You have any better time line on that event other than "soon" :-?

That fallacious forecast, touted by religious zealots for about two thousand years now, is getting a little tiresome and tedious :zzz

Shalom 8)
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+2 # RE: Soon? Sun Tzu?Deidre 2012-09-28 01:13
All Christians are commanded by Jesus to watch and pray for the day the world will be relieved of its evil. The Book of Mark, the 13th chapter (in The Message version) gives us Jesus's words. ead the entire chapter at BibleGateway.com.

Specifically 32-37 says, “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”

Of course Christians from all ages have thought the end was near when they saw horrible things happening. But rather than viewing these humans as foolish, view them as hopeful--if misguided. In their hearts, they want all evil to be defeated.

May we all wish the same.
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+1 # Excellent reportage...Sun Tzu 2012-09-27 19:58
as usual 8)

Sure puts a whole different meaning to the term "missionary" though :o

That this guy (Doug) takes his wife and young children on these potentially dangerous missions I find a little surprising, since we do have modern communication channels and travel :-?

But it is heartening to see someone trying to effect positive change without resorting to conflict as a primary path to success 8)
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+1 # RE: Commandos for Jesus (Article: Foreign Policy)Warren 2012-09-28 13:23
Sounds like a mind set we need a very strong dose of here in the United States. FBR - way to be great ambasadors for Christ and just simply love people in their need! :lol:

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