Daily Topic for May 27, 2012
This verse should provide both fear and hope in the hearts of those who “lead” Myanmar through violent oppression. Their lack of mercy will result in merciless judgment for eternity! But there is a way out, and that’s where hope comes in. Repentance is the only way for them to be shown mercy. God is merciful for those who are willing to turn to Him.
Pray for God to show His mercy by demonstrating His power over the oppressors of Myanmar. Pray that there will be genuine repentance on the part of Myanmar’s leaders so that they can enjoy God’s mercy rather than face His judgment.
One refugee describes the abuses: “Our village was attacked many times. (Myanmar’s army) would come and take whatever they wanted from the village. Anything they didn’t want, they’d burn.” (http://southasia.oneworld.net)
The 2008 movie “Rambo IV” portrayed the cruelties of Myanmar’s military. The information behind the abuses portrayed in this movie came largely from the Free Burma Rangers. (Wikipedia.org) While distributing medicine in 1997, a Burmese-American known by the acronym TUWAP saw Myanmar’s army commit violent crimes against innocent people. Now a pastor, he had served in the U.S. Special Forces and graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary. With his combination of skills and background, he formed the Free Burma Rangers (FBR).
The Rangers provide a wide range of services to the displaced people of Myanmar. They have trained over 130 multi-ethnic relief teams and conducted more than 400 missions, each of which worked with more than 2,000 people. Their deputy director, known as “Monkey,” comes from the Karen tribe, a group that is largely Christian. Monkey has been displaced twice and now lives with his family in a refugee camp near the Thai border (http://southasia.oneworld.net).
Pray that the believers in the FBR will demonstrate the love of God to both the abused and the abusers. Pray that God would protect their teams as they travel through danger. Pray that the Holy Spirit will soon work a change in the leadership of Myanmar.