“Free Burma Rangers” makes us eyewitnesses to heroic efforts to free the world’s oppressed

by Jerry Circelli

North Texas Catholic

12/19/2019

The most moving feature-length documentary you will likely ever watch will come to theaters across the nation for two days, Feb. 24 and 25, 2020. That’s a tall prediction, but upon seeing this film, you will believe.

Remember this movie title — “Free Burma Rangers” — named after the dynamic missionary team that we will all, undoubtedly, be hearing more about in the future.

Question: What makes this film so special? Answer: Everything.

“Free Burma Rangers” delivers a powerful message about selfless people helping their oppressed brothers and sisters around the world, all in the name of Jesus. There are no actors or contrived movie sets in this film — the people, places, and events are all real. This is a true-life adventure movie with bona fide heroes.

Inside of two hours, you will experience joy, sadness, anger, sorrow, and forgiveness. And you will be sharing it all with Free Burma Rangers founder David Eubank and his fellow missionaries.

We follow Eubank — a 10-year U.S. Special Forces soldier turned missionary — into war-torn Burma and Iraq. He and his team fight to save the lives of people in their ultimate struggles to break free from evil forces occupying their homelands.

Be prepared because parts of this film are hard to watch, but to truly appreciate the Christian message in this story, you must witness the dramatic scenes that unfold. You will see firefights and widespread destruction, and you will watch heroic rescues by Free Burma Rangers doing what they do best — shining Christ’s light in some of the darkest places on earth.

The Free Burma Rangers documentary takes us on journey in which we see the hand of God working miracles through those with unshakeable faith.

Eubank first received a request in 1993 from his father, then a missionary in Thailand, to offer assistance to the people of Burma. Its people were caught up in the world’s longest-running civil war, dating back to Burma’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. Eubank prayed about it and heard God’s call. He asked his girlfriend, Karen, to marry and accompany him to Burma. The couple’s honeymoon and lifetime missionary work soon began. Their goals were to free the oppressed and to rescue victims. The couple has since had three children — now ages 10, 13, and 15 — who were raised in the missionary field.

The Eubanks’ work involved training others to be a part of the Free Burma Rangers team to carry out rescue missions and help establish medical clinics in Burma. Eubank thrust himself into the nation’s battle zones, while his wife focused her work on developing children’s programs and related work.

David Eubank with a wounded personDavid Eubank with a wounded person

"Free Burma Rangers” is a true adventure movie, featuring real-life heroes. Chief among them is David Eubank, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier who puts his life on the line constantly to free the oppressed and rescue victims of civil wars.(Courtesy Deidox Films and Lifeway Films)

The documentary follows the Free Burma Rangers work as it plays out in a dramatic and heart-wrenching, albeit rewarding, fashion on the front lines of war in Burma, and then Iraq.

Involvement in Iraq for the missionary group began in 2014 after Eubank learned of the deplorable conditions in the northern section of the country, which had been overtaken by the terrorist group, ISIS.

Eubank and his Free Burma Rangers ventured to Mosul, Iraq, first to deliver food and aid, and then to rescue war-zone victims — children, women, and men — who had literally been left for dead.

With God’s direction, and with experience gained in Burma, the Free Burma Rangers continued to put their lives on the line to help others flee from the death and destruction that surrounded them.

The Free Burma Rangers training and dedication as combat missionaries has paid off for many people through the years.

To date, the missionary team has helped more than 1.5 million displaced people around the world. Most recently, the group has expanded its work to Syria.

Since 1997, the Free Burma Rangers have trained more than 250 multi-ethnic relief teams. Seventy-one full-time teams have been active throughout Burma and have conducted more than 800 humanitarian missions.

On average, about 1,000 patients have been medically treated per mission with 2,000 additional victims helped in other ways.

“Everywhere, every person in the world has something good and wonderful that we can love, learn from, and build up,” Eubank said. “When we stand together in Christ and love others, we form the antidote to evil. That is the story I want to be told.”

Near the end of this unforgettable film, Eubank summed up why he is all-in when it comes to serving Christ.

“Well, you have one life and you might as well go for it. Because what are you going to hold on to?

“You’re going to lose your life one day, anyway, so ‘Yes’ is saying, ‘God, all the good things you have for us, I want them. And anything useful to do that I can do, I would like to do it.’ So, I’ll say, ‘Yes.’ …

“And I want to say, ‘Yes,’ to that line that God has, which I believe has no caution lights. It’s green. Go, man, as fast as you can. How much faith do you have? Go! That’s what I want to do.”

This movie, from Deidox Films in cooperation with Lifeway Films, is dedicated to Free Burma Rangers who have lost their lives in the course of freeing oppressed people around the world.

Free Burma Rangers will premiere at the Justice Film Festival in New York on Nov. 16, 2019, before being released in theaters across the nation on Feb. 24 and 25, 2020.

For more information, and to learn about theater locations and ticket availability, visit: fbrmovie.com

The author's interview with Dave Eubank can be found on the North Texas Catholic features page.

Dave Eubank with wounded person

The most moving feature-length documentary you will likely ever watch will come to theaters across the nation for two days, Feb. 24 and 25, 2020. 

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