David had often spoken to them about his
met in Thailiand camp and who had been the first person to share the Christian message with him.
knew they were going to Hawaii, David got excited, "Maybe I'll meet my friend Paul
Cody tried to explain Hawaii was a big place and David's chances of meeting his friend Paul
weren't very great.
One day, Cody was talking on the telephone to Paul Hawkins, director of the International Christian School in Hawaii.
, regarding the kids' education", Cody replied.
Without saying a word, David jumped up from his
seat, ran upstairs and brought back a crumpled piece of paper, "Dad, you say Paul Hawkins
", "Yes" David, I've just finished talking to him.
That's that my friend Paul
And sure enough there on the piece of paper was Paul Hawkins name.
It's perhaps not without coincidence that Paul later became David's eighth grade teacher.
At first David didn't talk a lot about his
family and especially his
sister, Amina, from whom he
had been separated while fleeting for safety.
He'd seen the Communists ravage their home and remove every item of value, watched his
father, a commercial fisherman and young brother, whom he
loved dearly, die of starvation and had been there as the communists had savagely attacked and killed his
fingers had been brutally cut off after she'd been found salvaging rice from the field.
But as far as he
knew, Amina was still alive.
However, all official attempts to locate her
in the camp had been in vain.