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Heroes 2008

Heroes 2008

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Published by: Fabian Frederick Blandford on Dec 04, 2011
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During the emergency response phase o Cyclone Nargis, I had the privilege to be onthe ront-line o Partners’ work. We took risks, prayed hard, and worked around theclock to ensure that resources and personnel were in-place to be the hands and eet o Love in the Irrawaddy Delta. The Burma regime attempted to block our many acts o love. I am amazed at howeective our response was. We were able to deploy sta to the Irrawaddy Delta andensure that ood, medicine and shelter were made available to those who needed it.Some Australian news media stated that we were the heroes o the relie eort. I amnot so sure. Let me explain why.During one o my visits over the past two months I had the privilege o sitting in aroom with some o the real heroes o the Delta. These men were in the IrrawaddyDelta on the day that the cyclone hit. They usually lived hundreds o kilometres away.One o these men had decided to throw a small digital camera in his bag. Thesecameras are hard to come by in Rangoon, yet he’d been given one by people in theresistance movement a ew weeks prior. He’d also received training.As the storm hit, this man decided to wrap the camera in a plastic bag and then placeit under a table on a raised bamboo oor. He thought this place gave the best chanceo survival or the camera. The storm hit in orce and many people were scramblingor shelter. The entire village ended up standing behind a solitary concrete wall untildawn. As the sun rose, our hero went back to see what had become o the camera. Atree had allen on the roo o the hut, and it was destroyed. However, as he crawledinto the hut he saw that the camera was still where he’d let it. Although the waterhad swelled beneath the oorboards it hadn’t reached the camera. He cautiouslyopened the plastic bag, and examined the camera. He waited to ensure there was nomoisture in the circuitry. With a nger-press, the camera came to lie. This man took photos that told the world o the devastation. These photos were beamed throughmajor news networks and allowed people to see the true nature o what the Burma re-gime was attempting to hide. This man went on to be a key person in communicatingthe many needs o the people in the Delta. Despite his ull-time job back in Rangoondemanding his time, he ensured that he was able to secretly pass unds and equip-ment, and acilitate people to get to the areas o most need. His sacrice saved livesand shined light in a dark place.In this issue o our magazine, you will read o some o the unsung heroes who makelove a liestyle within areas o conict in Burma. As I told this man, “You are my hero”, Iexpress the same sentiment to the people whose stories are told here. God is workingthrough ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary eats. Thank you or your ongo-ing partnership to ensure that the world knows what is going on in Burma, and moreimportantly, that people are assisted in their deepest areas o need.Inspired By Lives Well Lived,Nathan WillisNational Director, Partners Relie & Development Australia
Partners Magazine Fourth Quarter 2008
Partners Relie & Development
To demonstrate God’s love to victims o confict and oppression.
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Steve Gumaer: pg. 1, 4, 8, 9, 10; Chris Dolan: pg.17, 20; FBR: 6, 12; Bryan Monzon pg. 7; Doh Say: pg.19(right). All other photos: privateFront cover: Doh Say. Photo by Steve Gumaer
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Bryan Monzon, Oddny GumaerUnless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations aretaken rom the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV.Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984. Zondervan Publishing House.Permission to reproduce any o the material ound inPartners Magazine can be obtained at:ino@partnersworld.orgPrinted in Thailand© Partners Relie & Development 2008.
by Nathan WillisPartners Relie & Development Australia

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