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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Connections

Posted by Abrra on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Photo by Jennifer Barry

A huge snowstorm was looming in the gray skies over Newark as I boarded the train for Providence.  My mood was resigned.  I had made the painful decision to forgo David Archuleta’s last two Christmas concerts in Boston and Westbury.  I stared glumly out the window, cursing the blizzard that had destroyed my plans to connect with David again.  The train was filled to capacity with people heading home for the holidays.  The seat beside me soon became empty and mysteriously remained that way through three more stops of passengers jostling to board.   Suddenly, I looked up to see a tall young man in his early twenties.  He smiled and politely asked, “May I sit here?”  That was the beginning of a remarkable conversation that lasted until John Torrey got off in Norwich, Connecticut.

John Torrey in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

John is a student at Princeton University.  As the train sped onward through the frigid landscape, he talked to me about his life at college and how he spends his time in summer between semesters.  He does volunteer work in Bagamoyo, Tanzania in an AIDS clinic for women and children, teaching healthy lifestyle habits and disease prevention.  No small task in an impoverished village where health care is virtually non-existent but for the works of good Samaritans, like John and other volunteers for UKUN.  As John wrote in a subsequent email I requested since our meeting, “UKUN also provides care to over 5,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through coordinating support services….providing clients with nutritional assistance, counseling and testing, transportation to the hospital, physical therapy, ARV monitoring, income generating opportunities, referrals to social services in the community, AIDS education in schools, and much more.  They serve as the eyes and ears of the Bagamoyo medical community because they actually enter communities and residences. At the moment, UKUN is facing a funding crisis, so I spent most of my time writing letters and grants in an effort to obtain funds.  I also went on numerous home visits and helped to transport clients to the hospital.  Along with other volunteers, I set up what is now a regular support group for HIV-positive women.  Separately from UKUN, I also taught and played with children at a local center for orphaned and vulnerable children called IMUMA every weekday.”

John Torrey and some orphaned children he taught English, Math, and Geography to in Tanzania.

As I listened to his story of the plight of the Tanzanian people, I immediately felt that John was a person David would be proud to know.  Here was someone doing the hands on work close to David’s heart and fund raising efforts.  They are connected in that way, he and David, strangers and brothers at the same time in their mission.  I began to talk about David’s work with various foundations prompting John to exclaim that, “David certainly seems like my kind of person!”  This was my opening to offer John a Christmas Tour CD.  He promised to play it with his family when he got home.  I showed him some of my videos with my IPhone that feature David singing “Save the Day” and “Falling”.  My seatmate was delighted with the songs and the Voice.  Then he told me that he was a songwriter!  Was there nothing this charming young man did not attempt?

Before we parted, I asked John what his goal was in life.  His answer:  “To bring peace to the world by working to improve health care in poor countries.  I want to write grants for funds to help the continuing effort to raise these people out of poverty so they can support themselves.”  John, like David has a deep feeling of responsibility to try his best to make the world a better place.  I am proud to call John Torrey my friend.  I am almost sure David would be too.

The train pulled into Norwich and my companion got off with a wave and a promise to keep in touch.  Strangers on a train, connected for a moment that would last forever.  I sat back in my seat and felt the smile return that he had placed there; felt my spirits rise as the train gathered speed.  I had missed my connection with David, but I had made the connection I was meant to keep.

Connections

How am I connected to you?
How are you connected to me?
How are we connected to the small girl who plays
With her doll on a porch in the summer in L. A.?
How is she connected to us?

How were you connected to your husband or wife
Before you first met later on in your life?
How were you bound to her joys or his strife?
How did this matter to you?

How am I connected to you?
How are you connected to me?
How are we connected to the farmer who plows
Out his small field of maize miles north of Callao?
How are his story and ours tied right now?
How are we connected to him?

How are you connected to the small child who dies
Of severe diarrhea in the slums of Mbuji Mayi?
When pennies from your pocket could have kept him alive
‘Till his fifty-first year when his grandchild turns five?
How are you connected to him?

John Torrey 

From the song collection-Child of the 21st Century

To contribute to ensuring the futures of some of the brightest young orphaned children John taught by sending them to secondary school, donate here: http://www.reach4tomorrow.info/meetthekids.html or to donate generally to IMUMA’s amazing and empowering activities, donate here: http://friendsofimuma.bbnow To donate to UKUN, contact the project coordinator, Charles Njonjele at cbnjonjele@lycos.com

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103 Responses to “Connections”

  1. silverfox said

    Abrra, I’m so impressed, I can’t even find the words. Impressed with this young man whom you were meant to meet! How fortunate for the both of you.

    I have to get ready for work now, but you have given me so much to think about today besides my own “woe is me” life I sometimes find myself wallowing in. Thank you for sharing this very wonderful and inspiring story of your friendship with this remarkable young man which started, when you come right down to it, because of David, another remarkable young man.

    Have a great day!

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  2. FunnyGirl said

    Yet another example of one door closing, but another one opening. What an amazing young man! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Fiona said

    Your story had me tearing up, Abrra! I am so glad you met this guy and I am sure it was meant to be!

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  4. KathyH said

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing this, Abbra. The news of the world can be upsetting, especially lately, and yet it is uplifting to know that people like John Torrey (and David) work not only to shed light on the plight of others, but also do what they can in real-world ways.

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  5. archiesfan4life said

    Thank you, Abrra, for sharing this heart touching story. David continues to bring people and events into our lives that we least expected when we started this journey with him.

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  6. Nancy said

    Abrra, thank you for sharing that wonderful story! I could picture you on that train to Providence (where I have been many times, so near to Mass., my home state). That meeting with John Torrey on that train was one of those “appointments” you were meant to keep. There will be other meetings with David, and wouldn’t it be great if you some day could introduce the two? You never know, in this journey called “life!” And what an interesting journey it is!

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  7. TOfan said

    Abrra,
    Loved your story but can’t say I’m surprised by it … I think you, much like David, sprinkle angel dust wherever you go.

    What a lovely “connection” to have made at a time when you likely both needed to make it.

    Off to find out more about Reach4Tomorrow!

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  8. olemr2001 said

    Abrra, what a lovely and touching story! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Have you guys heard the recording of David singing “The Spirt of God Like a Fire Is Burning” in Spanish while in Honduras last week? The audio quality is not ideal, but I believe it becomes more and more beautiful each time I listen to it. I’m not sure how to embed on this site, but here is the link:

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  9. Bluebarsa said

    Abrra –
    What a remarkable meeting with a young man… who is filled with a world of compassion.
    After reading your story, I looked up some information about Tanzania.
    Swahili is one of the languages spoken there, and in the place where John volunteers, “Bagamoyo” means: “Lay down your heart!”

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  10. Tawna21 said

    Abrra, what an inspiration John Torrey is. What a blessing that you were where you were supposed to be at that moment in time, although it meant missing David. Was this a coincidence? I don’t think so. Could you have been on another train? Probably not–you were headed home. Could the seat next to you have been occupied? Yes, but it hadn’t been for three stops. Could you or John have decided to each just keep to your own thoughts (and you to your misery)? Yes, but you didn’t. Was this meant to happen? I, personally, think it was. Abs, you are such an ambassador of good will, that people are drawn to you like hummingbirds to sweet, red flowers on a sunny day. You are an example of good. I’m so glad that I “e-know” you. You bring smiles to my life. Thank you for sharing this event.

    “Dali cujete sve djecje molitive?” (Croation translation: “Can you hear all the children’s prayers”?). Kurt Bestor ends the song with these words, when he sings it. The prayers of the children. We can be part of the answer they are looking for and needing.

    Tawna

    **Off to check out your links and see what I can do.

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  11. Shawna said

    Wow,Abrra, what a beautiful article!!! Isn’t it amazing how when one door closes, another one opens? What a special connection you made with another amazing young man who is trying to make a difference in this world!!
    I just love this site and those of you who visit and haven’t chatted on “The Voice Unplugged”, it is so much fun and the videos are absolutely special and so many that I have never ever seen. Thanks to Abs and all the others who have made me feel so welcome and have me coming back daily for more!!!!

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  12. munkmusic said

    Hi Abrra, What a wonderful experience you had! and thanks so much for sharing it with everyone. It gives hope! And I have to say……sounds to me like you made a connection to David after all!

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  13. munkmusic said

    HI, I just thought I would let you know that I wanted to watch the video stream on The Voice Unplugged and it wouldn’t come up…even if I put the address in….Hope it is up and running soon! I love it!

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  14. munkmusic said

    YAY! it’s working !

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  15. Fanis Archangelicus said

    Oh, Abs….rendered speechless. {{{HUGS}}}

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  16. Angelica said

    Abrra,

    I remember soon after this happened, you called to talk to me about it and about doing an article. You were so excited and (if you will pardon my telling), got choked up at one point. It was obvious that this young man’s story and his beautiful spirit had a profound effect on you.

    You bring to this site and to fans everywhere a personal touch that is so special. How many CDs have you burned and mailed out to fans, given away at concerts and shared with people you meet? From your last article, “A Tale of Two Cities” to this, you tell the story of the ordinary (and extraordinary) man on the street that you eagerly share David’s music with.

    You spend countless exhausting hours locating, cataloging, and uploading the best David videos out there for The Voice Unplugged Videochat room, connecting people from all over the world. In all the army of David’s many fans, you are one of his most selfless soldiers.

    Thank you so much for everything you do.

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  17. Abrra said

    Thank you all for taking time to read the article. It was truly an enjoyable experience talking with John. It’s heartwarming to know there are young people out there who take action where it is most needed without complaint. I got the impression John saw his volunteering as a privilege. He used words like “serving his fellow man” to make their lives better.

    Angelica is right. I did get emotional when I tried to explain the impact this meeting had on me. I had this story in my head for 2 months. Unable to put into words how much talking with John reminded me of David and his charity works.

    Again, thank you all for taking time to read and explore this wonderful charity that helps some of the most vulnerable people on earth. Our children.

    Abrra

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  18. munkmusic said

    Abrra, Thank you! so much for taking the time to write it and share with us! Life changing experiences should always be shared! So thanks again! It gives me hope to know there are people out there striving to make a difference! Positive news is healing!

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  19. Abrra said

    #13 Munkmusic
    There may be time when Livestream is doing maintenance which can cause the videos to not work. This is rare.

    For you and everyone who come to the site here are some tips. I tried to make it simple.

    1.)Please read the ticker scrawl for help with lag or stopped video

    2.)For best viewing use Firefox. Be sure to have the newest ver of FlashPlayer here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ (Uncheck that box for McAfee security scan)

    3.)If there is a black video screen try the pause/play button a few times. It will reset the video.

    4.)Last resort is to reboot. If your computer has been online for many hours it may need a fresh boot.

    I will be around evenings for the next few weeks doing uploading. I am happy to help if you have any questions.

    Abrra

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  20. munkmusic said

    Thanks so much for your help!

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  21. Emi said

    To me, It is beyond obvious that your meeeting with John Torrey was orchestrated by the Master Conductor Himself, and it is as beautiful a composition as any that David has ever sung! Thank you for telling this story again. I heard about it when it first happened and I was touched. The retelling has moved me to rethink my position on that “entitled 20 something generation” and encourgaed me to move myself from that comfortable position on my couch and do something helpful too.

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  22. bebereader said

    Abrra: Thank you for sharing your experience! I find that there’s always a reason someone comes into our lives. Generally it’s to teach us or give us something we need, which hopefully enriches us forever, a la David Archuleta. From the way you described John Torrey, he has a heart of gold, like David.

    Before he sings “Prayer of the Children” David says (paraphrased) “I don’t think there’s anything you can do that can make you any happier in this life than helping others and changing people’s lives.”

    I see parallels between David and John. The world needs more like them.

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  23. Angelica said

    Blubarsa,

    “Swahili is one of the languages spoken there, and in the place where John volunteers, “Bagamoyo” means: “Lay down your heart!”

    I meant to thank you for this information earlier, so thanks! Seeing the faces of the children with John, I’m sure that would be very easy to do. Here is another photo Abrra sent to me that John took of some of them.
    Photobucket

    BTW, the Prayer of the Children video on the top left is a bit long, over 6 minutes, because it does not edit out David’s talking prior to the song about what the various children’s charities mean to him. His voice catches when he says “Invisible Children.”

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  24. djafan said

    Abrra….

    It is interesting how things work out in life sometimes. David is the epitome of goodness and such an example in living and giving. The joy you derive from sharing David and his Voice to others has opened other opportunities you may have not had. You have had the the pleasure of meeting John Torrey who sounds like a special young man doing for others.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Make sure to view a beautiful rendition of Prayer for the Children with David speaking at the beginning up top on the left sidebar.

    FYI…

    There are voting links on the left sidebar for those who would like to vote…We are #10 on best fansite!!!!

    Also on the left sidebar is a link to pre-order “Chords of Strength” if you haven’t already done so.

    The link to “The Voice Unplugged” is on the right sidebar…Click on David’s hand to go there.

    There are also news links (internet buzz) about David on the right sidebar.

    The charities David supports are also listed on the right sidebar…Click on pictures to go there.

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  25. refnaf said

    (((abrra))) Your sharing of this story makes me smile inside and out. I was so sad for you after our road trip that your plans for the last 2 concerts did not pan out, but now we know why. Things do happen for a reason. The reason for me watching AI one day in January 2 years ago was so that I could hear David, and things just keep happening, just as they should! I am so glad you had this experience>
    “Strangers on a train, connected for a moment that would last forever. I sat back in my seat and felt the smile return that he had placed there; felt my spirits rise as the train gathered speed. I had missed my connection with David, but I had made the connection I was meant to keep.” Amen sister!!1

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  26. silverfox said

    Was over at The Voice Unplugged..FUN!!

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always! Please TAKE CARE of yourself!

    Good night everyone!

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  27. John said

    Hey everybody, its John Torrey writing – I am so honored and moved that “abrra” wrote this piece about our chance encounter on the train, and by all of your comments! She, too, is a very special person, and this seems like a group of very compassionate people, brought together by the good work and mission of David Archuleta. I am very grateful for those of you who have checked out the charity website for IMUMA – both it an UKUN are wonderful organizations doing such amazing work with very little funding. UKUN saves lives, while IMUMA helps make them. Do not be turned off from donating to UKUN because it does not have a website (although I hope to make one this summer, which I will post the link to on this wall) – it provides absolutely essential, lifesaving care to poor people with HIV/AIDS, and Charles, its project coordinator, is one of the most competent, kindest, and most selfless people I know. If any of you were to get in touch with him about contributing, that would be so great! I know there are many good causes to contribute to (Haiti earthquake relief certainly comes to mind right now), but rest assured that these two local organizations are some of the best places money can go.

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  28. Abrra said

    Thanks for stopping by John! I was just about to post the email you sent me tonight, but I will let your post speak for you.

    Come by often, we have some interesting writings here.

    Abrra

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  29. Angelica said

    John,

    Welcome to The Voice and it is an honor to have you here. Young people like you and David should be applauded for the good you do in this world. What you have given and are continuing to do for the people of Tanzania is a beautiful thing. And you are right, the people on this site and David fans in general are a very compassionate, caring group, “brought together by the good work and mission of David Archuleta.”

    God bless you and please come visit with us again.

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  30. dakgal said

    John so nice of you to stop by and make a “connection” with us.

    Funny how things work out in this world–I think you and our abrra were meant to meet.

    Thanks for all your dedicated work to the underprivileged in this world. Its people like you and David, who really bring a much needed light to them.

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  31. rapture said

    Wow! I’ve been tied up with impending mid-terms. I peek in here and not only do I see Abrra’s beautiful accounting of her meeting with John, but he himself is here as well!

    Abrra,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve been waiting to hear it since you mentioned him in chat!

    I find that since David has stirred my soul, I am more receptive to other connections that await. My senses have definitely been heightened to all that is good in the world. I am very grateful for that.

    I can see that your meeting with John came at a time when you were meant to be right where you were.

    John,

    Thanks for commenting here and for bringing awareness to the needs of the children of Tanzania. We are all of one world.

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  32. munkmusic said

    HI! I know this is a change in subject, so sorry….and I don’t know if this is proper etiquette or not……but…..Have you seen the article at Snowangelz by Beebee called The Thing and The Thang? Oh my gosh! You have to read, see, listen to and experience it! It is epic!

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  33. pam05 said

    I loved your write up Abrra, it reminds me of these quotes:

    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
    by
    Anne Frank

    “Everything happens for a reason”
    by
    David Archuleta

    Your paths were meant to connect 😀

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  34. djafan said

    Hello John…nice surprise.

    Munkmusic… thank you for the beebee’s article.

    Which led me to her site, didn’t know she had one and now has been added to our blog roll.

    Here’s the link….

    http://planethunkerdown.wordpress.com/category/ongoing-blog-yakkity-yak/

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  35. Angelica said

    Hey Pam! I’ve been thinking of that same quote from David regarding this article.

    Munkmusic,

    Thanks for telling us about that article at SnowAngelz by the incomparable, irrepresible Beebee! So funny and oh so true commentary on David’s thing and THANG! omg I love her. Everyone go read and enjoy.

    Also Munkmusic, you don’t have to stick to the subject of the thread. As Beebee said of David, BRANG IT! We are open to any commentary at any time. The only etiquitte here is the common decency and good manners expected in members of a civil society.

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  36. djafan said

    New Christmas Tour videos by VTAMTAVGMN

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  37. djafan said

    Promo cards for the Super Bowl Experience on Jordin’s facebook….

    http://www.facebook.com/JordinSparksSuperBowlExperience

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  38. betsy said

    Loved the post Abs. Thanks for writing about your experience. Everyone is capable of a mission – you have certainly found yours and embraced it! There are so many people around the world who are happier due to your kind heart & hard work.
    Love you sis 🙂

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  39. Russ said

    Abrra, Thank you for sharing that story of meeting John Torrey on the train. Yes, a meeting that was meant to be. Everything happens for a reason. John and David are much alike, their hearts are filled with the same compassion for these innocent children.

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  40. betsy said

    p.s. – I also meant to say that I believe this meeting was no coincidence.
    Thank you John, for your giving heart.

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  41. cb said

    A higher power may give us opportunities but it is left to us to reach out and take them. Abrra, you could have smiled and said “hello” and sat there with your ear buds in or reading, as so many fellow travelers do. But you didn’t. You reached out and opened your heart and made a connection with someone we would have never known about and this young man also was willing to share his heart. Your connection allowed us to make a connection. Thank you Abrra and John. Now it is up to me. Like David said, if we all do a little, we can make a difference. And, as always, thank you to David Archuleta for being the kind of person he is. Though him and the connections I have made because of him, I once again resolve to be a better person and to try to do my part to help make a difference in this world. Thanks again Abrra for sharing, and just for being who you are.

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  42. munkmusic said

    Just checking to spread the GOOD NEWS! David is participating in the telethon for the relief effort in Haiti! He is packing up! YES! I am so excited he has this opportunity!

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  43. djafan said

    Munkmusic..Thank you for the good news!

    David is so perfect for this type of event, Haiti is in such dire state. I’m so glad he is able to be part of it.

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  44. djafan said

    JournalStar.com

    GZO: Still waiting for my ‘Idol’ obsession

    By JAMIE GRAHAM / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:30 am | 1 Comment

    Where is the voice? Four episodes into “American Idol” season nine, and I still haven’t found my David Archuleta. (That’s right, I’m an Archie. Always and forever.) Thirty-one more hopefuls were sent to Hollywood from the Orlando round. Not a one gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling of harmonious joy.

    http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/blogs/ground-zero/tv/article_6b136d5a-066e-11df-9bbd-001cc4c002e0.html

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  45. djafan said

    Picture from Honduras…

    Photobucket

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  46. Abrra said

    #41 Cb
    You are too kind. Never do I pass up an opportunity to speak to those around me. I am that annoying lady in the grocery store line who asks about what you will be making for dinner!

    #38
    Betsy my baby sis
    If sharing David’s music is a mission , I am the Pope-ess of that church!

    #33 Pam
    That first quote is so true, thank you for bringing that here. I was fortunate to meet a “Do-er” who can make a difference.

    As so many have commented, connecting on that train may have been our fate. My hope is that because of this article, some children will have a school to attend and something to eat for dinner for a long time to come. Thank you to those who have donated to charities that support children’s health.

    Abrra

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  47. bebereader said

    Been away for most of the day and am so excited to learn that David was invited to the “Hope for Haiti” telethon. I wonder if David will be performing. If the producers were smart, they would ask David to perform. I can’t think of a more soothing or hope-filled voice! FYI, the telethon will air tomorrow night, Friday, January 22 at 8 pm EST on all the major networks. The video telecast and album will be available for download on iTunes with proceeds benefiting “Hope for Haiti” charities.

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  48. Angelica said

    That is so exciting and gratifying to hear the news of David going to Haiti. I read about the many stars going to Haiti for the telethon this morning and didn’t see David’s name. I thought…but that would be perfect for him and I know he would love to be involved. Maybe that’s what the meetings he tweeted of were about. He’s so sly. 😉 If they really want to raise money, they should let David perform Prayer of the Children. The phone lines will light up like the 4th of July! I suppose SF will be posting the prayer tonight since he will be traveling far from home. We need to keep a prayer in our hearts for all those who are sacrificing their time and talents to help, and all those who have so lost so much.

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  49. Abrra said

    Angelica
    Not confirmed he is going there. The tweets are vague.

    Abrra

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  50. djafan said

    LA?
    New York?
    Haiti?

    ?????

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  51. Angelica said

    But master, look what the grasshopper found…

    It’s going to be one of the biggest charity events in recent memory, and now Madonna has signed on to take part in the Hope for Haiti telethon.

    The Material Girl is scheduled to perform as part of the New York City branch of the show, adding to the already-stellar lineup of celebrities.

    Madge will join musicians such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jay-Z, the Jonas Brothers, David Archuleta, and many more acts.

    The Hope for Haiti telethon will essentially take over all major networks as well as cable channels and satellite programming.

    http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/celebrities/hollywood/madonna-joins-on-to-help-haiti-214470/

    Some more celebs who have, according to sources, recently signed on for the telethon include Charlize Theron, the Jonas Brothers, Will Smith with Muhammad Ali, Meryl Streep, Tim Allen, David Archuleta, Alec Baldwin, Kristin Chenoweth, Cindy Crawford, Sacha Baron Cohen, John Krasinski, Jack Nicholson, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale.

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/marc_malkin/b163202_madonna_joins_haiti_relief_effort.html
    ________

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  52. Angelica said

    Oh wait…they may be doing the telethon in NY or LA, not Haiti?

    Still looks like he’s taking part in it.

    “The Hope for Haiti telethon will essentially take over all major networks as well as cable channels and satellite programming.”

    wow.

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  53. munkmusic said

    From what I understand they are going to have two places doing the telethon at the same time. NY and LA. It will be interesting to see how everything works. I am so excited for David. What an honor and a great opportunity!

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  54. Abrra said

    #52
    Now you are getting my point.

    I will believe it when David says it. That’s how I save my sanity. Not sure I can *watch* though. I will catch performance on youtube.

    Abrra

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  55. Abrra said

    For anyone who missed getting a Christmas Tour Live CD, I am able to make up a few more. I will be doing a mailing next week. If you desire a CD, email me at alphawav@comcast.net for details.

    Abrra

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  56. bebereader said

    dja#36 Those videos you posted of “The Riddle” and “Fields of Gold” from Baltimore are awesome. Nobody connects with an audience the way David does! Want a pick me up? Watch the smile at the end of “The Riddle”, 3:52-3:59 It’s sure to cure the blues, the winter doldrums, acne, a sinus attack, a hangnail, acid reflux..LOL

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  57. silverfox said

    All David said was that he was packing and couldn’t decide what to pack and wished he could wear the same thing every day. Then he said everyone was saying a simple “Hi” to him and everyone must be in a good mood. Still, he didn’t mention appearing on the Haiti Telethon. I think it’s a little strange since he told us about his pending trip to Central America BEFORE he left. We KNOW he’s involved in the Telethon, we just don’t know if he’ll be in LA (temps high 57, with showers or NY, high 44, sunny). LA makes more sense since his flight was so late. I still don’t get why he didn’t tweet about the Telethon…unless he is not scheduled to perform. Maybe he will man a phone instead!! WOW! Almost as good as performing but not quite. Hope he does both!

    He’s in the air, so..

    Dear lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    CLOAK DAVID IN YOUR PROTECTIVE ARMS WHILE DOING GOOD AND CHARITABLE WORKS.
    Keep David and his voice healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams when you get to your destination. HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE & ENJOYABLE FLIGHT to wherever you are going.
    Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always! TAKE CARE!

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  58. Angelica said

    SF,

    Amen. Love this…”we just don’t know if he’ll be in LA (temps high 57, with showers or NY, high 44, sunny).

    You are such a good (((abuelita))).

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  59. silverfox said

    Angelica, 🙂

    Can’t help myself..I check the weather for the city HE happens to be in every morning, whether he’s in Utah or elsewhere.

    Why?? I guess it is the “Abuelita” in me!

    BTW..what do you think? Dress shirt & tie or tee-shirt & hoodie or Plaid? What did David pack? 😆

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  60. djafan said

    It’s really wet in LA… And here we wonder where he’s headed.

    SF….I vote for 1 of each…probably couldn’t make up his mind…lol

    David tweets yet again…exciting? I don’t think so!

    DavidArchie

    Well that was a bumpy ride lol. I really enjoyed it though. Kept things exciting. Read a bit and wrote in my journal a bit too. 7 minutes ago from txt

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  61. silverfox said

    😀

    David has either arrived at his destination which would be LA, IMO or at a stop-over on his way to NY, but not likely. But who really knows, since he’s still not saying..why is he being so mysterious? Or has it even dawned on him that the inquiring minds want to know?

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  62. Angelica said

    Oh gosh! Listen to this interview with Jordin Sparks that just got placed on twitter. She was asked what bible verse she has tattooed on her wrist. She said it was her favorite verse that she lives by. Look at the verse Emi chose to put in her article “The Power to Be.” (previous post) below bottom pic of David. hah! They also asked her who she’d like to duet with and she said David.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/AINowAdminVids

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  63. djafan said

    Angelica…

    Well isn’t that something, Emifriend and Jordin same bible verse…didn’t know Jordin had it tattoed though.

    The duet might happen during the Super Bowl Experience…what do you think?

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  64. Angelica said

    hmmmmm….could be. I think their voices would blend very well together on a power ballad. The year Jordin won was my first time to watch AI and I voted for her. Once. I now know that was just a feeble preparation for what was to come. Got me interested in AI enough to watch it again the next year. But I was so NOT prepared for what was to come. You think I voted ONCE the next year? Don’t. make. me. laugh.

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  65. djafan said

    Angelica….hahahahahaha

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  66. bebereader said

    How about 500 times?
    Yep. I did.

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  67. Angelica said

    Tweet,

    “Hey all, tomorrow I’ll be answering phones taking pledges for Hope for Haiti. Tune in, and call in to help how you can! 29 minutes ago”

    So…no performance. I had a feeling those slots were already filled. But you could call in and just hang up and call again till you get David. And you could talk to him and hear him laugh and get him to sing a bit before you pledge.

    Just a thought.

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  68. FG said

    LOL Angelica – my hubby would be like “What r u doing????” I think it will be impossible to get thru. But, I have a strange feeling that Silverfox will reach him on the 1st try. 🙂

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  69. munkmusic said

    Angelica, You know David didn’t say he wasn’t going to sing. He just said to call and he may answer. So I am going to keep up hope that we may hear POTC tonight! David is all about helping others and not bringing attention to himself……I am crossing my fingers!

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  70. Nancy said

    Disneylover13 @wicklessscents friend of my moms is working on the event in LA that’s where David will be she saw Prayer for the Children next to his name
    about 9 hours ago from web
    Retweeted by FanScene and 8 others
    Reply Retweet Disneylover13 JUST HEARD THAT DAVID ARCHULETA WILL BE SINGING PRAYER FOR THE CHILDREN FOR HOPE FOR HAITI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    about 10 hours ago from web
    Retweeted by FanScene and 9 others
    Reply Retweet FanScene @DavidArchie, don’t let one person monopolize you on the phone like they did during Idol Gives Back 2 years ago. Hahaha!
    about 8 hours ago from web

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  71. Nancy said

    Sorry, I hit “send” too soon ~ but saw the above on Fan Scene and it didn’t look like you knew yet! So good morning, and hope you get to speak to David tonight! 🙂

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  72. Angelica said

    Thanks Nancy!! So he MAY sing Prayer of the Children after all!
    IDK, there are a lot of performers and only 2 hours. Maybe a recording of Prayer of the Children on itunes with proceeds to Haiti? Well, lets be like Munkmusic and not give up hope.

    I was just kidding about hanging up till you get David. But who knows, you might get lucky. 😉

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  73. silverfox said

    I’m not sure if Clooney, who organized the telethon, realizes the impact and huge potential of donation calls coming in after or IF David sings POTC. It would be a huge mistake if David does not perform tonight. However, I don’t think David is concerned about it and I sincerely hope his fans DO NOT call, email, tweet or otherwise try to contact the producers or networks with complaints if he does not perform. This venue is not about David, but about what we can do to help David in his quest to help the suffering people of Haiti. That said, I do think it would benefit the telethon greatly if David sings this (or any song for that matter)…

    note: The look on David’s beautiful face at the end of this video clearly shows the love and deep compassion for all the children of the world who are suffering and in despair. It’s a heartrending look that pierces my heart…

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  74. Angelica said

    So true, SF. This time, it’s not about David at all.

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  75. silverfox said

    OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY: Among those manning the phone banks and taking donations during tonight’s telecast of Hope for Haiti Now will be (in alphabetical order):

    Ben Affleck, Tim Allen, Jennifer Aniston, DAVID ARCHULETA, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Drew Barrymore, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Russell Brand, Benjamin Bratt, Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, Chevy Chase, Kristin Chenoweth, Sacha Baron Cohen, Common, Cat Cora, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Craig, Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, Billy Crystal, John Cusack, Eric Dane, Ellen DeGeneres, Fran Drescher, Michael Clarke Duncan, Zac Efron, Jenna Elfman, Colin Farrell, Andy Garcia, Mel Gibson, Tyrese Gibson, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Taraji P. Henson, Dijmon Honsou, Vanessa Hudgens, Randy Jackson, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Michael Keaton, Anna Kendrick, Greg Kinnear, Jane Krakowski, John Krasinksi, Jessica Lange, Taylor Lautner, Daniel Day Lewis, Jared Leto, Justin Long, Rose McGowan, Ewan McGregor, Toby Maguire, Ricky Martin, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Jack Nicholson, Keke Palmer, Holly Robinson Peete, Tyler Perry, Chris Pine, Jeremy Piven, Jeremy Renner, Tim Robbins, Ray Romano, Jeri Ryan, Meg Ryan, Zoe Saldana, Adam Sandler, Nicole Scherzinger, Gabourey Sidibe, Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons, Christian Slater, Steven Spielberg, Molly Sims, Ringo Starr, Charlize Theron, Ashley Tisdale, Marisa Tomei, Amber Valleta, Sofia Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Joe Walsh, Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, Olivia Wilde, Rainn Wilson, Robin Williams, Reese Witherspoon, and Noah Wyle. The donation platforms opened at 9:00 a.m. PT. Online: http://www.hopeforhaitinow.org; phone: 877-99-HAITI; text “GIVE” to 50555. (1/22a)

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  76. djafan said

    Angelica…

    I know you’re kidding about the calls…but that’s going to be hard one…lol

    Silverfox…

    So true that it’s not about David, we his fans just know the impact it would have if he were able to perform and I hope it happens, but if it doesn’t I’m fine because he is fine.

    I know this is the reason why he is in it for…

    Photobucket

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  77. bebereader said

    SF Thank you for that list! David is included in quite a lineup stars! Why do I have visions of hanging up after my pledge and thinking to myself, ‘hmmmm….that voice sounded familiar!’, not realizing that I was just talking to The Voice! As if! I hope that at least one of his fans is lucky enough to get him on the phone.

    dja#76 That’s quite a picture! Thank you for bringing us back to the reason David is participating in the telethon.

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  78. Nancy said

    Angelica, thank you for your response. I so seldom get one. Have a great day!

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  79. silverfox said

    Djafan, when I saw that photo earlier, I thought the same thing about why David is there and not for any other reason.

    What joy the Rescue Workers must have felt! It makes the sacrifices and dangers they face in their line of work worth everything and a feeling money can’t buy. It’s an epic award winning photo which will, I’m sure grace the covers of newspapers & magazines. I hope there will be many more photos like this coming forth, instead of so many photos of death, destruction, hopelessness, helplessness and despair.

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  80. bebereader said

    David’s latest tweet: All right… Trying some cottage cheese.. 55 minutes ago

    This tweeter has a point:

    327dauta@pastelpastel i guess he is not singing tonight.. he wouldn’t have been eating cheese…

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  81. bebereader said

    American Idol Alums Help Haiti

    “A number of familiar faces from American Idol will be joining today’s huge Hope for Haiti Now telethon. The telethon, which starts at 8pm EST, will be broadcast on just about every major network: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, COMEDY CENTRAL, Bravo and E!

    Joining seemingly every gigantic celebrity alive–we’re talking George Clooney and Madonna sized celebs–will be former Idol contestants DAVID ARCHULETA, Katharine McPhee, and Jennifer Hudson. Jennifer is scheduled to showcase her Oscar winning pipes during the telethon, while Archie and McPhee are doing their part by answering phones and taking donations. David confirmed this last night via Twitter.”

    http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/american-idol-alums-help-haiti-33959.aspx

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  82. silverfox said

    Hope David’s fans who intend to call in with a donation have a “record” option on their phone…Just in case David answers..ya nevah know?? Can you imagine the thrill of hearing David say “Hello, this is David, here”. I just can’t imagine! 😀

    I know I would want to listen to him over & over & over & over & over…well you get the picture! 😆

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  83. Angelica said

    Here getting ready to answer phones! Amazing how many people came out here to help! less than a minute ago from txt

    Are YOU ready?

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  84. betsy said

    So very proud of David. I don’t think he would ever ask them if he could sing. I can just hear it now, “I”d love to help in any way I can.”
    I saw a tweet from Josh Groban. It seems his fans are wanting to hear him sing tonight as well. He was telling them that there was no room. Here it is – just found it again.

    “thanks for asking if I’m singing on the telethon tonight…would have loved to help but there is only so much room. please watch and donate!”

    (but I’d still love to hear David belt out POTC or Angels, a capella. the phones would never stop ringing after that)

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  85. silverfox said

    Just a couple more minutes til we see David! Even if he’s on the screen for a few minutes, it will be thrilling and I’m afraid I’ll let out a big SQEEEEEEE each time he’s on…

    Better let my son know beforehand what’s going on, so he doesn’t panic thinking I’m having a heart attack! 😆

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  86. silverfox said

    Not that it’s important, but it could be to David’s fans. 😉

    David chose to wear a red & black very nice plaid shirt (ahem) which may or may not be the one I gave him along with a few others, in Foxwoods for his birthday…

    http://tweetphoto.com/9326006

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  87. Angelica said

    That is so cool, SF! He looks so happy too. I KNEW he would wear plaid. I’m psychic that way. Don’t forget he sent this link in his tweet earlier. You can donate here anytime.

    https://www.hopeforhaitinow.org/Default.asp

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  88. silverfox said

    Angelica, I’m just glad he wore a NEW plaid shirt of different color than he normally wears. He looks so good in red.

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  89. Angelica said

    He certainly does, SF. Yes he does.

    Bringing this over from The Name Our Chat Room thread. Just posted in German. I speak fluent google so I’ll translate…

    Leslie Puebla said,

    Die Seite schaut auch am iPhone gut aus.

    (The site looks good also in iPhone.)

    Danke, Leslie!

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  90. silverfox said

    Angelica #89, Awww that’s so great!

    And this on twitter..

    @jambajim: Don’t worry @DavidArchie fans. I’ll make sure MTV News posts impromptu perf on our site Mon. It’s beautiful. Not saying what..
    12 minutes ago from TweetDeck

    Made me catch a breath!

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  91. djafan said

    Looks like we will be seeing David singing…

    Photobucket

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  92. Angelica said

    Oh yay!! jambajim rocks!! Thank you!

    He tweeted. Told ya I’m psychic.

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  93. djafan said

    Photobucket

    Photobucket

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  94. djafan said

    Angelica….we need to show Jim some love!

    He knew David’s fans wanted to him to sing, well this is really good IMO, for the MTV producers.

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  95. djafan said

    Silverfox….is it Monday yet? agggghhhhh!!!!!

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  96. silverfox said

    Djafan..Aye, Dios Mio! Why do we feel this way?

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  97. djafan said

    SF…I wish I had words to explain the way we feel…but I’m at a loss. I just know that what we feel is very real.

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  98. bebereader said

    SF I don’t think there’s an answer to that question. It just is. And we’re all in this together.

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  99. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  100. silverfox said

    David looks so happy in the 2 pics we were so very lucky to get (so far). Obviously, this is what he loves.

    It is easy to lose faith when something like an earthquake which is called “An Act of God”, destroys and devastates much of a poor country like Haiti. It’s easy to lose faith when whole families are lost, or when children are left homeless & orphaned. It’s easy to lose faith when we can see no rhyme or reason for it. When we are finding it so hard to understand why these catastrophes happen to the groups of people who are already suffering in some way or another, from poverty & hunger to chronic diseases, or government corruption, David in his goodness and good works remind us that with love, compassion and prayers, miracles can & do happen. That from the ashes, there can be a new beginning for the people of Haiti. I pray that God gives them strength and hope and that they will know they are not alone & will not be forgotten.

    I choose to call what David and all the other celebrities and everyone else involved in the Telethon, Hope For Haiti, and all the rescue & health workers in Haiti have done and continue to do, as the real “ACT OF GOD”.

    Good night. For David, who is selfless & without ego…

    Dear lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    CLOAK DAVID IN YOUR PROTECTIVE ARMS WHILE DOING GOOD AND CHARITABLE WORKS.
    Keep David and his voice healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always! TAKE CARE!

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  101. Abrra said

    From last night:
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    Selena Gomez and David pose for the camera.

    Abrra

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  102. Abrra said

    Last night:
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    David and Neil Patrick Harris

    Abrra

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  103. silverfox said

    FG..thanks for the “feel good” post. 🙂 I’ll have to think about that ONE thing I would love to see David do. There are so many things!

    Love the photos of David with Selena. Isn’t it funny how everyone, not only the ladies, but men too, just put their arms around David like they just can’t help themselves? 😉

    Oh, and I LOVE what he chose to pack! 😆

    Haven’t had a chance to catch up on all the happenings today due to some “Real Life:” issues that crop up now & then, but sounds likes David is still in LA, so…

    Good night. For David,

    Dear lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    CLOAK DAVID IN YOUR PROTECTIVE ARMS always and please keep David and his voice healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always! TAKE CARE!

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