Thursday, May 18, 2017

FBR Report: "Evidence of Things Not Seen: Hope of Abundant Life in Mosul"

The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement. They bring help, hope and love to people in the war zones of Burma (Myanmar) and the Middle East. Groups send teams to be trained, supplied and sent into the areas under attack to provide emergency assistance and human rights documentation. Together with other groups, the teams work to serve people in need.

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Evidence of Things Not Seen: Hope of Abundant Life in Mosul

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

On 30 January, we presented a Good Life Club program in Al Rashidia, a northeast Mosul neighborhood newly liberated from ISIS. We invited the kids to their old school, currently the Iraqi Army headquarters and clinic. We sang songs, did a skit, and played games with some 100 bright-eyed, curious children. They were curious about us. What did smiling, singing, foreigners, teaching about the deep and wide love of God (“deeper and wider than the Tigris!”), what did they have to do in this place where fear had stalked the people for so long, where violence had been the air they breathed? The children here who had gone to school under ISIS had learned math by figuring out how to divide a limited number of bullets between various kinds of infidels. Violence wasn’t only a cloud they had lived under, scurrying along, head down, hugging walls and staying low to stay safe; it was a poison ISIS had used to try to corrupt them from the inside out. Now, they looked on as we reenacted the story of a traveler beaten by robbers – but wait, that’s not the punchline! – who is helped, not by an NGO or a rich man or a priest, but by a villager, just like them. This we can all do for each other – this is part of the secret of abundant life, we told them ...

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