May 19th, 2010
03:17 PM ET

Christian band: We were spared death by Myanmar general

Bluetree frontman Aaron Boyd sings to children in a Myanmar refugee camp.

They had illegally sneaked into Myanmar knowing full well the danger, but it wasn't completely apparent to the members of the Irish Christian band Bluetree that the screaming general down below the balcony wanted them dead.

They could tell it was a very tense situation. High-ranking members of two different military units were pointing at them and yelling in a language they didn't understand, according to lead singer Aaron Boyd. Their interpreter clammed up and the president of the NGO that had brought the band into the country said, "This is bad. This is really, really bad."

It was only when they left the country and returned to Thailand that the band members were told it was their fates being debated by those troops down below.

"We were told later their general said we're not even going to waste our bullets with them, we're just going to slice their throats," Boyd said Tuesday by telephone from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. "Bottom line was our guy, whatever he did, whatever he said, managed to calm the whole thing down."

Bluetree's popularity soared in the United States last year when Chris Tomlin covered its praise song "God of This City" and videos of American Idol winner Kris Allen singing the tune  were posted on YouTube.

Bluetree penned the song after the band went to Thailand and played in a bar that was the gateway to a brothel, with women making deals with customers in plain view. The night also inspired the band to start a charity that tries to save workers from the sex trade. But they can't be philanthropists from afar, Boyd said.

"You need to smell abuse, you need to smell injustice firsthand," he said. "You need to smell the smell of the villages and get it into your body."

So when Christian Freedom International offered the band a chance to minister to Karen Christians in Myanmar, they said yes even though they would be going to an area where Christians are targeted and killed, Boyd said. The conflict between the Myanmar government and the Karen and other ethnic groups such as the Karenni, Mon and Shan is considered by many analysts to be the longest-running civil war in the world.

Many Karen have fled to neighboring Thailand, Boyd said.

Bluetree and the president of Christian Freedom International, Jim Jacobson, whom Boyd said is a wanted man in Myanmar, chose a time when the riverbeds dry up to sneak into the country. They brought food, clothing, Bibles and whiskey–to bribe the militia that, according to Boyd, threaten to burn down Christian villages and kill the men.

They feted the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army with the booze and food to let them access a refugee camp where Blue Tree sang and listened to the children sing some songs, Boyd said.

They could only stay a few hours. Had they been detected by the Myanmar army, they likely would be labeled as spies and executed, according to Boyd.

When the band was on its way back to Thailand, the DKBA general who had allowed their safe passage asked them to come up to his office, Boyd said. While they were there, someone brought a guitar.

"It was definitely surreal, one by one these guys in army combat uniforms start showing up with rocket launchers and grenade launchers, they are totally tooled up to the max ...  and they hand me a guitar," Boyd said. "It was like 'Now you sing.' They didn't ask politely, it was just 'Now you sing.'"

He wasn't able to get one word of "God of This City" out when, he said, members of the Myanmar army came by and saw five white men on the balcony.

Boyd believes the DKBA general offered the army troops part of the bribe to dissuade the military regime's general. The general wanted Jacobson alive, Boyd said.  The general later showed the CFI president the school where his troops' children were being educated. And he asked the Christian missionary for a favor.

"He asked Jim for his help in bringing up his kids," Boyd said. "This from a guy whose mission in life is to kill Christians."

Jacobson and the band members left as quickly as possible, driving the five hours back to Thailand in silence, trying to process what had just happened.

While in Thailand, in a refugee camp in Mae La, the band played a concert for an estimated 20,000 Karen, many of who had heard the tale of the band's incursion into Myanmar.

Boyd said he was moved by a visit with the children, and by one small girl in particular. The 8-year-old pleaded with him, "Please don't ever forget about me. Don't forget me."

The trip was recorded and will be released in July as a DVD documentary, Boyd said. An audio recording of the Karen children is also an added track to a live album the band recorded in Belfast in March.

- Producer/Writer

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  1. Me

    I think it is funny that a part of CCN for religious news is bombarded with athiests complaing about Christians. You people point your fingers at christians yet you are guility of many of the same things your complaining about. Some of you are posting that the missionairies are "forceing" religion down peoples throats, just how did they force anything on anyone?? Point your fingers now because there will be a day that same hand will be shaking as you try to justify your hate and contempt...

    May 20, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  2. Joel3

    @ Adam – Well, there is proof. I don't know if you were ever saved while in that church, but when you say the prayer I mentioned earlier, you will be blessed and filled with the Holy Spirit. This is something that you actually sense and feel happening within you. It doesn't happen immediately, but gradually. And He will show Himself to you depending on your personal situation as you build a relationship with Him. I used to be in your shoes, I'm a fairly young guy (31) who was a big skeptic and had my doubts until I finally made a decision to take a step toward Him. I found out I was very wrong and I am no different than you. One more thing, Christ could not stand the pharisees because they were hung up on religion. Religion is not what saves souls. It is simply your faith, belief, and prayer which gets you across the finish line. Don't get caught up in ceremonies or religious holidays because that's all non-sense. Christ came to offer grace, not law. But you have to take that step on your own. I am being completely truthful and honest with you. I would not believe in Him if I didn't have good reason.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
    • Dave

      Your personal story is the most powerful part of all that you've said. Thanks for sharing it.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:24 am |
    • Trash

      That is not proof at all.

      May 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • b

      That's much better. Just share...

      May 21, 2010 at 11:11 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      >what other book has lasted as long as the Bible has?

      Hindu Vedas
      History and literature of early Chinese dynasties
      etc etc

      Read more than one book.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:58 am |
  3. Adam

    I was raised in the Catholic church. Attended a catholic highschool. I simply disagree with the fact that there is a God. The universe is beyond complicated, and it's only within the last century at best that science has developed to the point to even begin to explain it. I don't believe however that since there isn't a current explanation of how it started does not mean that there isn't one. By no means is the default answer then that there was a 'creator'. How simple is that to say? It's too simple. Fact is, there is no proof beyond your faith that there is a god either.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:44 am |
    • Star

      Adam, read Evidence that demands a Verdict. Open YOUR mind. As far as reading a book written in this century, what other book has lasted as long as the Bible has? Truth survives even wounded minds like yours. You don't have to believe it (though you will find out the truth the hard way someday) but being insulting to those who do is not doing much for your case. Try The Case for Christ, too. THEN you MIGHT speak from a place of at least having looked at both sides, not ignorance.
      I was also raised Catholic, and abused. The Catholicism I knew as TOXIC and almost burned faith out of me altogether, but I have been healed of that and know now the TRUTH of a loving personal God. He isnt Catholic!

      May 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
    • smarts

      Adam, what I like most about science is that we don't need to make stuff up just because we don't know the answer. They can come up with theories based on the evidence and revise them as they gain more knowledge about the subject. Knowledge, evidence, hehe, man we are on the wrong blogs for that kind of talk.

      May 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • Trash

      How does religion OPEN YOUR MIND?

      It does the opposite, or does this not seem apparent to you?

      May 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  4. Joel3

    Man's logic is no logic at all. Especially when it comes to life and the creation of it. Man has no standards, and he THINKS he has answers. Honestly, google the salvation prayer, lose the ego, get on your knees and have a convo with Him. I guarantee you will find Him if you seek Him with your heart. It is really that simple. All jokes aside.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:35 am |
    • Dave

      Joel3, Jesus started conversations by having some respect for the other person. You have some important things to say, but your delivery isn't helping get the message across. Try a little humility and kindness.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • Trash

      Can I join Google instead?

      May 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
    • b

      Joel, you are being so ugly why on earth would anyone want to be like you? Humble yourself? Really? Perhaps you should accept your own advice. The fact is that the world would be better if we would ALL humble ourselves a little more, and tell each other how to think a little less.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:10 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      >Bible about earth being the only place with life

      But doesn't it say we're made in God's image and we are the crown of creation? Does God look like us or a Neptunian methane creature? And who gets the crown?

      May 25, 2010 at 4:54 am |
  5. Joel3

    Yea, I know it sounds sooo impossible, right? But life on other planets and UFO's, yea that's a give in lol. Be careful where you place your faith Adam. I'm not trying to shove anything down your throat, but since you wanted to get sarcastic, yea we can do that too, no prob.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
    • Adam

      You can't even be logical. What makes you think sarcasm is going to be up your alley?

      May 20, 2010 at 10:27 am |
    • smarts

      Just out of curiosity what happens to religion when they do find life on other planets?

      May 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
    • Trash

      Enslave them because they are not in gods image. Duh.

      May 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
    • stuart

      @smarts Why would life on another planet change anything in what we believe? It doesn't say anything in the Bible about earth being the only place with life. You're just talking rubbish when you bring up things like that. What happens to you if you're wrong? I would just like to say, i don't wanna go where you're going if you don't stop being so ignorant.

      If Christianity annoys you so much, then why do you come on the internet to read things about it? I think it's quite funny, the amount of people who get so worked up because Christians don't believe the same thing as you. There is clearly something about God that you are missing out on, stop being so arrogant.

      May 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  6. J.S.

    Wait Irish Christian? hmm something doesn't seem right about that..

    May 20, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      >No one has killed in the name of BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY.

      Tell that to the Huguenots, you historical ignoramus. Or to the people the Puritans persecuted here in the US.

      It is pretty clear historical fact that after land/money/resources, religion is one of the main motives for war. Just look at how Islam spread and that little black comedy called the Crusades.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:50 am |
  7. Joel3

    And furthermore, Adam, ALL OF YOUR SCIENCE AND PHYSICS AND ANSWERS TO LIFE AND HOW THE UNIVERSE WAS MADE ARE BASED ON THEORY THEORY THEORY. Fact is, you would rather believe in a MAN over your CREATOR. The irony is that this is your test and so far you are FAILING MISERABLY. Dude, your scientists will never ever ever ever ever ever figure out what, or rather WHO, gave you life and a conscience.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • Adam

      Umm, Ok... And your answer to it is based on what? Faith? Get a clue. Read a book that was writted sometime this century.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:26 am |
    • smarts

      The purpose of science is not to disprove religion, it is to find the truth whichever way it leads. Why does that worry you? Your belief in a "magic man" in the sky is a little childish. Religion is for people that need something to believe in regardless of the truth. There is a reason the more people investigate the bible the less they believe. God works in mysterious ways is no longer sufficient to fool and control us.

      More men women and children have been murdered in the name of one god or another, including the christian god, than for any other reason. If you knew your history you would of course know this though. I think its time we stop hating people because their god doesnt like your god and just hate them because they are dumb.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
    • Wesley

      I just wish people would stop with the lame statement "More people have been killed in the name of religion".

      No one has killed in the name of BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY.

      I guess this is just the old saying, "Tell a lie long enough and loud enough and everyone will believe it."

      May 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
    • smarts

      Wesley you sumed it all up nicely for me "Tell a lie long enough and loud enough and everyone will believe it." Who's side are you on anyway?

      May 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
    • smarts

      Ok Joel scientific studies are indeed referred to as Theories as you stated or "THEORY THEORY THEORY". But all religions are classified as Beliefs. People "believe" a lot of things. How many different religious beliefs are there? People once believed that the earth was flat and that the Earth was the center of the universe. These were of course proven false by scientific theories. Galileo as I recall was found guilty of heresy by the church for his "theory" that the earth was not the center of the universe. Because it was found to be contrary to scripture. (Did you get that last part?) So what happened to that part of the scripture? See what science does to religion. Again, not because its against it, but because it's for "the truth". Not the truth as you believe it to be crazy as that may sound but actual truth. Not that this will change anyones minds of course. Some people are just too far gone and need their gods like a baby needs their blanky to sleep at night.

      May 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  8. Joel3

    @ Adam The bible predicted all nations will move away from God. This is no surprise "buddy." Pretty soon the atmoshere will be perfect for the anti-christ to rise up and take stage because there will be little to no opposition. Get it? And most of you "delusional" people will swallow his lies and deception with no chaser. If only YOU knew your history and how completely unaware you are. The bible is fake? Really?? So apparently for CENTURIES we've all had it backwards?? LOL. All of a sudden in 2010 we have all NEW answers to life?? lol moron

    May 20, 2010 at 10:07 am |
    • Adam

      Didn't know the Westboro Baptist Church had internet access, but it's nice to see you on here.. It really shocks me that you didn't make a reference to 'drinking the Kool-Aid', though..

      And the less I and others have in common with the crazies like you the better off the world will be. Talking about the anti-christ?? Come on, really?? What the bible predicts doesn't mean squat. It's like if an Archie comic book predicted it, and just as relevant too. And yes, for CENTURIES you've had it all wrong. But then again, that's about as long as you bible-thumpers believe the planet has been around for.

      And don't you find it ironic that you, someone who discounts scientific fact for religious fiction, so easily calls others "unaware"?

      You can crap in one hand, and believe in god in the other. Guess which one will fill up first?

      May 20, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  9. Deborah

    Amen Casey

    May 20, 2010 at 9:57 am |
    • Trash


      May 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  10. Jamie

    I also interviewed Aaron Boyd about this experience. His heart is to see people freed, to help shed light on the horrific events happening across the world and to enact change. He and his band have risked their lives to show persecuted people LOVE. How dare you say they should have been executed.

    May 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
    • Ceri

      Spot on.

      May 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Joel3

    All of you lost children calling these guys idiots really have NO CLUE why you are here, where your from, where you're going, or what in the world your purpose is. What a shame. As a Christian I don't like calling names but I'll make an exeption for you ignoramuses. The world has fooled you into believing a LIE and you call us crazy?? lol. Wow, what a joke. We will see who's crazy in due time people. No flesh lives forever, only spirit if you accept TRUTH. What we Christians have found, and what lives inside of us no man can take away. If only YOU knew what that means. What ashame. MARANATHA!!! Google THAT fool!

    May 20, 2010 at 9:29 am |
    • Elliot

      Well said.

      May 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |
    • Adam

      Buddy, Christians are no better than Islamists. Ramming your beliefs down someone's throat. If they trully wanted to help the impoverished people of that country, bring them something substantial they can use. Not an imaginary hook to hang their hat on called Christianity. Take a look at developed and modernized countries and you will see that they are moving away from religion and becoming less 'faithful'. As you become more educated and learn the real TRUTH (read: science, physics) you learn that a fictional God has a lot less do with anything and everything.

      May 20, 2010 at 9:58 am |
    • Ben

      To Adam: It should be noted in this article that the Karen people are about 80% plus Christian. They were allies during the second world war, trained by the Brits and US. In fact, they drew up boundaries for a Karen state. Bluetree wasn't forcing Christianity on anyone.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • Adam

      It should also be noted that they are missionaries. No disambiguation about the fact that their main goal is to spread christianity to the 'non-believers'.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • Jen

      Oh, I can feel the Christian love radiating from your post, Joel! NOT. People like you are one of the reasons so many people are turned off of faith and religion. Jerk.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
    • Alexandra

      Wow; really. Do you come with ibuprofen?

      May 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • b

      Joel, none of us are so perfect that we can call others fools. Not very Christlike. Remember that we're supposed to be kind to everyone, and not just those who believe what we do. The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. Everyone is my brother or sister.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:05 am |
    • Mortaeus

      Yeah, Maranatha. An Orthodox Devil worshiping band by the name of Funeral Mist named their last album that. Google them and see how you feel about it, fool.

      May 24, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  12. Elliot

    Amazing the left wing atheists claim Christians are judgmental and hateful. Seems like the atheists making comments here are the hateful judging ones. Just goes to show what is wrong with this country. Left wing haters. I pray for you guys.

    May 20, 2010 at 9:25 am |
    • Star

      Amen, Elliot! Well said, and so true.

      May 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • Lisa

      I can't really feel sorry for these people, Christians or otherwise. You're sneaking into a country illegally, one where there is obvious violence to foreigners. Maybe if that had been one of the Commandments, "Thou shalt not trespass, " they would heed the warning.

      May 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Trash

      According to your religions(s) we have already been judged.

      What does politics have to do with this anyways. LOL

      May 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • Alexandra

      Left wing atheist? As opposed to a right wing atheist?

      May 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
    • b

      Nah. I've seen hateful people on both sides. As for me, I'm a Christian Deist, but saying it's just the atheists who are hateful is silly. I don't understand why we all have to tell each other what to believe all the time. My boyfriend is atheist, and we have never once argued about religion. Why? It's because we respect each other.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:02 am |
    • John

      So there no right wing atheist?! Amazing. Just because a person believes in conservitism, not making new law, less govermental intervention in our private lives, fiscal responsibility, we must be "God fearing"? That is just wrong. Not from any religious point of view, but from an intellectual one. Please do not include all right wing people in your peculiar view of life..

      May 22, 2010 at 10:00 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      And we pray for the bigots among your group.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:40 am |
  13. Cieje3

    So people think that ISLAM is a "religion of peace" when they behead people and blow themselves up, but want Christians to be shot and killed for wanting to gently share their faith with song? If I was still an athiest, I think this would be enough to make me think twice...

    May 20, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  14. Casey

    I agree that what they did was insane, but would never call what they did stupity. Also, self righteous? I do not think that self righteousness has anything to do with it either. What it comes down to is they want to share about how their lives were saved. They want to share about the love they received from a merciful God who sent His Son to this earth for us. Jesus did not arrive as a rich ruler. He humbled Himself and became not only a man, but a most of the time homeless servant. He came here to serve us and to die for us when we deserve nothing. I think that this Christian band understands that the life that they have was given to them by God. It is not their own, and the least they could do is to share that love, that they have received, with people who have never heard of such love. An unconditional love.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:53 am |
    • hulamama51

      I couldn't have said it any better and couldn't agree with you more!

      May 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
    • Trash


      May 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
    • Captain Nemo

      Sure, but if you go looking for trouble in dangerous places, don't expect the Sky King to come down and pull you out of the clutches of Satan: it probably won't happen.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:39 am |
  15. Jman

    See, most of you posters don't even have the courage to stand up for something you believe in, yet you sit behind a keyboard and talk trash and spit on Christians and shame them for something your feeble mind obviously has rejected and cannot comprehend. The media has warped everything about Christianity and made it so people who can't think for themselves think its some evil collective. Congratulations at becoming just another lost mindless drone.....

    May 20, 2010 at 8:49 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      >don't even have the courage to stand up for something you believe in

      If you're going to say foolish and bigoted things like that, be careful to whom you say them. You make yourself sound like a complete ass and, if you say it to somebody who isn't an old hippie like me, you're likely to get a punch in the head.

      Despite my not being Christian, I have, without payment or other recompense but my own satisfaction:

      Taught illiterates to read
      Worked to house the homeless
      Given food to "soup kitchens"
      Been hassled and threatened by cops as I provided First Aid to people the cops had beaten during non-violent protests (on several pretty scary occasions)
      Worked for political organizations I believe in (I mean physically present work, not just sending $)
      Run or sat on the board of charities that provide money for kids music programs, elder services, handicapped programs, etc., etc.

      Now, YOU list what YOU'VE done lately.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  16. Joel

    This country was founded by people of faith that risked their lives countless times for the sake of their freedom and the freedom of coming generations. Idiots??? These guys just stood up for something they believed in and they believed enough to put it all on the line. Good for them. All you keyboard jockeys need to turn off Fox News and develop some thoughts of your own. Maybe you'll discover something worth dying for instead of spewing the same trash everyday on countless web sites.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:55 am |
    • ted linguini

      Not founded by men of faith....Google the Treaty of Tripoli for clarity and fact. Don't believe the stories you are told...do some research.

      May 20, 2010 at 9:59 am |
    • Adam

      Ted, save your time. There's no reasoning with this guy... Read his other posts. Wow! I wonder what kind of AirMiles he got for being so far out there...

      May 20, 2010 at 10:29 am |
    • Dean Stelmach

      The point is moot. America is not a Christian nation. Only fundamentalist/evangelical Christians believe that because they need to equivocate for their nationalism. You can do the pride thing and even feel good about dying for GOD's country. Now let's all hold hands and sing "Feelings."

      May 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
    • Horvath

      Ted, interesting comments. Of course, the Treaty of Tripoli was not the Declaration of Ind. The two are different I'd suspect. In fact, I don't know when the last time anything from the Treaty of Tripoli was cited by the Supreme Court in any of their decisions (of course I didn't look but I have not heard it used in the news reports I have read/listened to). In fairness to all of your readers, you should include that the Treaty of Tripoli was between 'Americans' as well as Muslims. I can't imagine any treaty going over well wih Muslims that said, 'We join together with you, as a Christian nation...' While it's an interesting read it is important, and only fair to point out the context of Treaty of Tripoli. Regardless of the Treaty of Tripoli I do seem to remember the Dec. of Ind. including much language that at the very least referred to deism and the idea of a creator. Seems it was at the least founded under THAT idea. Regardless, I'm sure my comments will be viewed as narrow-minded, fundamentalist, etc because I disagreed.

      May 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
    • b

      Horvath, I went to your link, and it's a biased source. I don't know who is correct here, but everyone should get their info from unbiased sources.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:00 am |
    • Jim

      Finding something worth dying for doesn't mean you have to go out of your way to try to die for it.

      May 22, 2010 at 7:46 am |
    • gdhdh

      so we are supposed to get our facts from google? huh, thought you were trying to be smart...... fact

      May 25, 2010 at 12:33 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      >This country was founded by people of faith

      Let's one more time kill this lie: many of the Founding Fathers were Deists, some were overtly anti-clerical, and many were Christian. More to the point, however, they designed a country THAT DID NOT HAVE, AND CANNOT HAVE, A STATE RELIGION. Not only that, but American law (US Treaty signed in 1797 when many of the Founders were still in positions of power and influence) explicitly states we are NOT a Christian nation.

      Get over it.

      The Founders were smart enough and knew enough history to know that theocracies don't work. If you need recent examples of why, see how poorly Iran, Saudi Arabia, et alia are doing; also imagine how much fun you'd have trying to be overtly Christian there.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:15 am |
  17. Michael

    These idiots should have been imprisoned in a Burmese jail for a long, long time. Every time a group of deluded fanatics like this enter Myanmar illegally, there are serious repercussions for the people they have contacted (villages burned in the infected area). Instead of seeking possible martyrdom (they say) by playing a few songs, they would do better to contribute money, food, clothes etc to the refugees on the Thai side of the border. And the NGO who brought them in should respect the immigration law. No wonder sincere and law-abiding NGOs in Myanmar have so many difficulties thanks to these self righteous mavericks.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:26 am |
    • Ben

      Michael, I disagree. Without groups like this crossing into Burma illegally how are stories of these horrors ever going to be known. I mean, the brave journalists that filmed Burma VJ didn't receive press passes from the Junta. When the storms hit much of the delta area a few years ago, many NGO's that worked with the junta found their aid going to soldiers not poor farmers that had lost everything. Also, CFI operates many orphanages, two schools, and conducts many other operations on the Thai side of the border.

      May 20, 2010 at 8:18 am |
    • Richard

      You have no idea what our God can do throught the faith of His people...

      May 21, 2010 at 8:52 am |
    • Chris Hayes

      How do you think that food, money, etc. would ever get to the people that needed? Do you think corrupt regimes wold ever allow it to get all the way to villagers, etc. who need it? Give your head a shake. I do not understand why so many people get so angry when kindness and love are valued more highly than personal comfort. Calling folks like the members of Bluetree idiots is like yelling at children for being kind to each other.

      May 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • Alisha

      Michael, donating money and supplies to the refugees in Thailand is a wonderful gesture. But what about the people who can't get out? Shouldn't we as Christians reach out to them as well? In Casting Crowns' song We are the body, it says "If we are the body why aren't His arms reaching, why aren't His hands healing, why aren't His words teaching? If we are the body why aren't His feet going, why is His love not showing them there is a way? Jesus is the way" Instead of seeing these men as delusional, why can't you see them as being brave? Brave enough to put their lives at risk to spread the word of God?

      May 24, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  18. Zeppelin

    Too bad they weren't destroyed on the spot. Oh well, I'm sure they'll try a similar ploy eventually... Meh.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:17 am |
    • Steven

      Hey, we all will die one day. These guys will be in Heaven, where will you be? It is completely up to you. Who will be the fool then?

      June 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  19. David

    Stupid idiots. This furthers the perception of how foolhardy christians can be. No faith needed just delusion.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:43 am |
    • hulamama51

      Do you think Christians haven't been killed before for their beliefs.....study history!

      May 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
    • Porchiaknows

      No David, YOU are the idiot.

      May 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • SC voter

      Yes David they are and anyone else that does this stupid idiots

      May 21, 2010 at 9:36 am |
    • Will

      David, What do you do for the poor and vulnerable of this world? Do you hate Christians for living a sacrificial life and sharing the love of God? Do you hate them for identifying the sick behavior of an oppressive regime? Whenever people shine a light on the truth, the lovers of darkness will hate them for it.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • jim

      shut up david you moron

      May 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
    • AB

      The best thing we as Christians can do is to ignore intolerant people like David. They say things like this to see if they can get us to fight back and call them names. They don't realize or understand that they are being just as intolerant as they claim WE are.

      May 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Jim

      Do you think Christians haven't killed others for their beliefs...study history!

      May 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • John

      David, you are a blinded fool...it is completely about faith. Faith in God alone kept them safe.

      May 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • kite005

      Well religion is fine and religious groups typicslly do more good then bad but no matter how you look at it this was a stupid thing to do. And they are not alive because of gods intervention though I bet some people will claim that. I'm going to check a few posts to see if I'm right.

      May 24, 2010 at 6:35 am |
    • comctx

      Keyword, entering a country ILLEGALLY, despite your type of faith common sense, respect for your own life and a will to live should raise a red flag screaming STAY OUT OF CONFLICT ZONES.

      May 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
    • Yeahimright

      No miracle, Just luck, but next to all the biased and misinformed opinions being spewed in this thread. Obviously Jesus made the guy who didn't believe in him ,relinquish the sovern authority to have them executed at that time. Ok Now it all makes sense. I wonder what God has to say about that. If thou knowest??

      May 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • gdhdh

      well, we have something worth dying for. no one else can say that

      May 25, 2010 at 12:30 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      >Do you think Christians haven't been killed before for their beliefs.....study history!

      Go look up the difference between faith and presumption. If you step in front of a bus saying, "Jesus will protect me", chances are He won't...

      You can witness for Christ in a lot of places without getting killed, but if you illegally go someplace "knowing full well the danger", don't whine when you find trouble (whether or not it involves Jesus). Just shut up and accept your self-induced martyrdom. But I bet God doesn't equate idiotic suicide (intentional or not) with true persecution.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:54 am |
    • ME


      May 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  20. tommee_98

    Religion and belief...now there's a culture for you! nothing so terrible about it either. Whether religion & belief are worthy of attention depends upon the belief system and the believers. Though the notion of one true way of belief is ludicrous, and there are belief systems that are not only outdated but are actually antithetical to human welfare, still there are others that have provided occasional glimmers of hope and inspiration. It's a challenge to our modern critical way of thinking to accept the rituals and presuppositions of traditional religion, though it has contributed to social customs, ethical norms, and many educational, social and cultural institutions.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:41 am |
    • lover of God

      I am so sorry to hear all of the negative thoughts about this. I am a believer in the one true God and believe that God does speak to us and move us to do things the world sees as ridiculous. A Christian's behavior is not based on what the world thinks but is based on loving others as God tells us. No matter what your beliefs, I think it is sad that people cannot see this as inspiring because the members of Blue Tree listened to the voice of a small child and were moved to make the world a better place.

      June 5, 2010 at 8:56 am |
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