“I didn’t even know there were Christians in the Middle East when I moved there — but there’s two million of them.”— Brother David Johnson in an interview to CNA
June 22, 2015 by Mary Rezac — As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara.
He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in love with the country and felt God’s call to the religious life there.
That love for language and for God would one day save Brother Johnson’s life. At a recent prayer breakfast in Denver, Brother Johnson recalled the story of Easter Monday, three years ago. He was up in the monastery tower, and, in typical, friendly Colorado fashion, waved hello to some Syrian military men he saw in the hills in the distance.
Watch Brother David’s interview with CNA (Catholic News Agency):
Life and captivity in Syria: Carmelite shares his story