THE BODY OF CHRIST IN ACTION – FREE BURMA RANGERS
“The Body of Christ in Action” is not an empty statement. Here at Calvary Chapel St. George (CCSG) our desire is to equip the body and encourage them in becoming true disciples and servants of Christ Jesus. The result is a vibrant congregation actively involved in the ministries of the church. Would that include designing and building a stretcher?
Absolutely! CCSG has been supporting the Free Burma Rangers (https://www.freeburmarangers.org/) for many years. Luke 4:18-19 says, “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.” FBR seeks to free the oppressed by training multi-ethnic humanitarian service teams in bringing help, hope and love to people in the conflict zones of Burma, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. Training teams to provide critical emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing and human rights documentation in their home regions is inherently dangerous. FBR teams often find themselves in grim combat zones providing hope and love to the innocent caught in the crossfire of geopolitical conflict. Sometimes they are wounded, and yes, sometimes they die, but always they live to seek and serve Jesus by spreading the Gospel of grace to all who will listen.
So what does all this have to do with a stretcher? A brother in our congregation took “The Body of Christ in Action” to heart and flew around the world to Thailand to see how he and his wife could help. Dave Eubank, FBR Director, pointed to a Buddhist Temple on top of a mountain and said “First, get up and back in two hours and 15 minutes.” And with a smirk added “watch out for the cobras – they’ll knock you over.” Our guy made the run, and in the process, felt the Holy Spirit prompt him to develop a long-range stretcher to help FBR teams take villagers to safety. These rescue missions often include long distances traversing jungle mountain trails in combat conditions – enter the MEDEVAC TREKKER.