Free Burma Ranger Training, June 24, 2018
Dear Friends, I wanted to share some thoughts with you after returning from 3 1/2 weeks in Burma helping to train 12 new Free Burma Ranger relief teams.
The digital/social media age has been upon us for many years already and with it comes an unprecedented ability to access news. Mountains of information come to us from around the globe in an overwhelming cascade.
It's easy to feel discouraged when reading about disasters, wars, economic collapse, political unrest, and acts of terrorism. If I am honest, it leaves me at times questioning, "Where is God in the midst of all of this and what can I do?"
In Isaiah 61 the prophet speaks with a clear commission from God on what he is to do in the midst of the Jewish world situation of his day. This same commission is quoted by Jesus in Luke chapter 4 as he taught in the synagogue in His home town of Nazareth. What this seems to indicate is that these same world situations were present both for Isaiah and Jesus, and while the men were called to address the real physical issues (Jesus really did heal the blind), these problems reach beyond the mere physical into the spiritual condition of man.
So the ministry of physical service in setting captives free, encouraging the poor, and helping the brokenhearted has the eternal impact of announcing the Year of the Lord's favor... Redemption... Wow!
The message is pretty clear. As followers of Jesus Christ we have our commission.
This commission is at the heart of Cadence International and the Free Burma Rangers. It drives us with purpose into places that are difficult and war-torn, where the poor and brokenhearted are many and where the prisoner and oppressed mourn.
"Father God, may your Spirit be upon us as it was on Isaiah and your Son, Jesus. May we walk with courage into the places where people are being oppressed and are deeply mourning. I pray that as we are blessed with the resources to provide some physical relief that we would also be willing to lay our own lives down as You did and to proclaim Your redemption. Amen"