Thursday, August 18, 2011

Free Burma Rangers - A Hike With Missionaries

Last weekend we had the opportunity to hike with the Eubank family. Dave and his wife Karen are the founders of the Free Burma Rangers…a humanitarian relief organization with the mission of bringing help to war-torn areas of Burma (now known as Myanmar).
If you read Compassion’s blog, you may have heard of FBR and/or the Eubank family. They recently gave the chapel presentation at Compassion’s Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs.
About a month ago, I knew we were going to try to connect with this family when they were in our area so we could hike with them. Imagine my surprise and delight when I began to read the Compassion blog and saw they had been at Compassion headquarters.
The Eubanks are not strangers to Compassion’s work in northern Thailand. They have seen Compassion at work through the local churches there. Our own sponsored child, Orm, lives in northern Thailand and I was excited to learn she lives very close to where FBR is located.
We had a wonderful hike with Dave, Karen, Sahale (10), Suuzanne (9) and Peter (5).
IMG_4978my daughter Sydney and Suuzanne hiking through snow
It was encouraging to hear their stories and make this connection with a family who is living and working in the same area where one of our sponsored children live. To spend time with a family who is passionate about ministry and living on the edge every day doing God’s work was very inspiring.

group photo with Mt. Rainier in the background ~ Karen on far left, Dave next to me with hat and green shirt on, Sahale in aqua shirt, Suuzanne in brown shirt, Peter in blue shirt.

I was amazed, once again, by God’s goodness in bringing our families together. Dave and Karen were impressed by the ministry of Compassion and spoke very highly of their experience at the GMC. Dave told me that when he began speaking at the GMC, he strongly felt the presence of God in the room and on the work of Compassion.
I urge you to watch these two short videos and learn more about this ministry. If you have more time, watch the Compassion chapel presentation.
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