May 12, 2021
One of the lessons that the pandemic has taught me is a greater appreciation for Nurses. It is a profession not for the faint of heart or for the empty of heart. They do what nobody else can do in a way that nobody else can, and it is not possible to praise them enough. Don’t mess with them for they are paid to poke you with a needle. So, on this International Nurses Day, I salute SASDAC nurses and in doing so I salute all those who have given themselves to this noble profession. It is rightly said: “Save one person and you are a hero, save hundreds and you are a nurse.” Thousands of nurses have paid the ultimate price of their lives during this pandemic, serving the sick. One such is my good friend’s wife. As we mourn their loss, may we remain grateful for their dedication and service and, if possible, say a kind word of encouragement to nurses we know.
The land of our origin is going through a tremendous crisis. This is not a time to point fingers and blame people but to reach out and do whatever we can to be a blessing to the suffering ones. I am appealing for you to do whatever you possibly can to help. Here are a few thoughts:  You can contribute through ADRA, one of our greatest institutions of service to the needy. At the present time they are matching three dollars for every dollar you give. They have a small administrative fee of 15 percent to carry on the good work they have been doing. If you so desire, you can contribute through SASDAC but please specify that it should be sent to ADRA. You can also contribute directly to SASDAC and we will send your donations to the Southern Asia Division via the General Conference and your contribution will go to the hospital, institution, conference as specified by you, to help in that particular area. I am sure there are many other ways you can send help. Please reach out and do the needful in these desperate times.
On a final note, we have been receiving continual news of many of our loved ones passing away in India. We are unable to publish names as we may miss some, as all losses do not come to our notice. But please be assured of prayers. May God comfort each one of you and heal the land quickly. Let us pray for one another and may the certainty of a resurrection in Christ Jesus and the blessed hope of His soon return sustain each one of us.
Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin G. David
Shalom! Shalom!
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”