On a peaceful drive home, I decided to tune in to NPR radio to hear some unbiased world news reports. I’m glad I did, because I was served a double dose of hope and conviction. The radio host was discussing a surviving Ebola patient named Dauda Fullah.
Dauda lost his entire family to the Ebola virus starting with his father, whom he helped bury. After he was admitted to the Kenema Hospital treatment center in Sierra Leone, he was joined by his remaining immediate family; they had also contracted the virus. Over the span of a few weeks, 23-year-old Dauda lost his father, stepmother, brother, sister and grandmother.
The full story can be found here:
What really got my attention is Dauda’s attitude after what would have probably put me in a state of depression for a long long time. After making a full recovery, the young man stated that he felt that it was only right to go back and work at that same recovery clinic where he witnessed people put their lives on the line to nurse him back to health. Now Dauda does the same thing. He endures the heat of the protective gear he has to wear, the emotional strains of seeing lives lost, while still grieving the loss of his own to encourage and nurse patients the same way he was encouraged and nursed.
This is the type of love and conviction towards mankind that I feel can make a difference throughout the entire world. Dauda Fullah’s name has made its way all the way from Sierra Leone through the airwaves of Atlanta, Georgia and has caused me to reevaluate my efforts towards issues in my communities. You can want to make a change in your surroundings for the better. Your heart can be in the right place towards the issues. Nonetheless, the only two things that matter to the victims of those situations you want to help, are your efforts and your money. It might sound brash, but sitting and thinking about how bad you wish things were better is not going to change anything. If you want change in any area, it takes time and effort. If you don’t have the time to put forth the effort, there are more than enough places that could always use monetary donations. Dauda has dedicated all of his time, putting his life on the line to help those who are going through what he has already overcome. I’m sure his words of encouragement to those hoping for another chance at life, are oftentimes more valuable than any amount of money.
The other perspective I had on this situation is what truly brought about my conviction. I should be able to take Dauda’s situation and learn to put forth that same effort before a life-altering catastrophe force me to see what is really important. I’m not saying that Dauda himself, should have been doing that before, because he was already employed as a lab technician at a hospital doing more than I have ever done to help those around me in need. It is just a realization of changes that I have to make to confidently call myself a Christian. Dauda, says he prays for and with his patients everyday and for the eradication of the Ebola virus in general. He does not leave all the changing to be done by his prayers, but he actually put forth the efforts which shows his faith in that his prayers will be answered. I’m sure if any one of us, worked as hard as he does, we would believe the same thing.
This article from Sierra Leone lets me see how tragedy could one day strike me and snap al of my priorities into place. I would much rather have them in place beforehand, so that if disaster did strike one day, I would be better equipped to deal with it. My honest opinion is Dauda Fullah, already had the right perspective on life before this happened to him – and now he can be an example and encouragement to others around the world.