Coming home from a month’s vacay – rushing through the David-news I missed and my emails – suitcases still unpacked – I need to post this in a hurry. I was shot right out of my equilibrium by an email sent to me by a dear friend.
She asks: Why is David out there in the Middle East converting the locals to his religion?
I do not want to say I am flabbergasted because I am trying my dang-est best to stay as calm as possible to regain my breath even though my jaw did drop a few inches.
Why have we all become so cynical?
I am sad and disappointed. Are we all now ruled by a trend which adds an ulterior motive to every move? Do we treat every gesture with negative suspicious minds at every drop of a hat? Do genuineness and uprightness no longer exist?
David,Dean,Jason and Dan went headlong into the warzone of Afghanistan – where many are killed or maimed – to alleviate distress and to give solace to their countrymen. Do we even realise the dangers they are facing? Does this venture not impact our minds as nobly and magnanimously done?
If they were there to convert and prostyletize, would they be not more effective, and safer too, to stay in the cities? Why harm body and soul by venturing into the warzones and battlefronts? You can’t convert many people if you are dead, can you?
This pic and passage was taken from one of Jason’s blogs-
“Dan Clarke and David Archuleta had the experience of a lifetime and got to go up in the cockpit and stay up there the entire flight! Dean Kaelin and I hung out in the body of the plane with the soldiers in complete silence, a feeling of quiet and contemplation on the face of each uniformed hero, guns over their shoulders the whole flight, never to be removed. It was sobering. With the recent deaths of Troops in this part of the world, this was not a time where even a word was uttered between these comrades. I cried 5 times just thinking about what they must be thinking. In fact, it made me sick to my stomach”
My tear duct nearly gave way as I went through the many pictures posted of David and his Team (Thank you, people!) I do not want to dwell too much at the moment on the lack of faith in the “good” of man, although I do admit it is a rare element now. But I happen to want to believe it is still there. And I happen to believe and trust the “intentions” that drive David’s work and spirit. Besides, I need to go unpack now. 🙂
You need to only look at the many pics posted in all the David-sites, to agree with me. The pangs of war are present. But the courage instilled by smiles and humour are gratifyingly felt to giving the plight of these Fabulous Four, a lighter heart.
I hope my friend gets to read this post. 🙂