“We could feel the presence of God” is how Free Burma Ranger founder Dave Eubank reacted to his recent visit to the White House for the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
Eubank has been featured on Faithwire several times in the past, as his love for the Lord and bold faith in the face of dangerous conflict zones is nothing short of inspirational.
He regularly puts himself in harm’s way, as his mission work often places him in conflict zones helping those in need. Most famously, however, Eubank achieved notoriety after a harrowing video clip showed him running through ISIS gunfire to save a child trapped underneath her deceased mother’s body. Iraqi citizens attempting to escape Mosul were mercilessly gunned down as they attempted to flee.
Last month the White House welcomed a remarkable group of people at the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Featured guests included several who likely have the Trump Administration to thank for being alive. Among those were Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held in a Turkish prison on bogus charges of aiding terrorism, and was finally released after two years behind bars.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the event:
We gather today as people who believe in freedom of religion and also the power of faith. As Vice President of the United States, I stand for the freedom of religion that animated the American founding and is enshrined in our Bill of Rights. But this is a special day for me as well because, on a personal level, my faith in Jesus Christ has brought meaning and purpose to me and my family every day of my life.
So I’m honored by your presence, and I’m especially honored to address you today as Vice President to an American President who has been a great champion of religious freedom at home and abroad. So allow me to begin by bringing greetings and welcome on behalf of the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
Eubank said they could “feel the presence of God” at the event and was inspired by the many people the Trump administration helped rescue. Here’s what he had to say about the evening, in a recent message to followers:
We could feel the presence of God throughout the event and it felt like a bright light of love was emanating from the center of the State Department. The staff who put this event together were very well organized, gracious, patient, welcoming, and helpful. It was a special blessing for us to meet old friends and make many new ones.
Among many highlights was meeting people who had been set free from imprisonment for their faith and seeing them shine. “The President just saved their lives,” was the response from a State Department official after a group of released prisoners of conscience were recognized at the White House. Meeting with Rev. Brunson who had been held in Turkey, Heather Mercer who had been a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan, a Kachin pastor, Langjaw Gam Sang, held by the Burma Army, and Farid Uddin Ahmed, a wheelchair-bound survivor of the massacre at the Al Noor Mosque in New Zealand whose wife was killed trying to save him, were some of the personal highlights of this ministerial.
Eubank also added his warm thoughts about the Vice President, Mike Pence. “The Vice President gave some of us time to share what we had experienced and the situations of oppression we witness,” Eubank said. “His faith, humility, grasp of the various situations, and his motivation to act inspired all of us. Nadine Maenza, Pam Pryor, General Boykin and others also inspired us with their words and actions.”
Praise God for the work many are currently doing to help both raise awareness and physically save people suffering intense religious persecution around the globe.
To learn more about Eubanks ministry, visit FreeBurmaRangers.org