The Global Cowboy27 May 2016, Posted by Blog in
Every once and a while, I meet someone who exhibits a real abundance of courage, and I crown these individuals the “Global Cowboys.”
Dave Eubank is one of them.
Dave grew up in Thailand and told me stories of roaming in the streets after dark as a teenager. He was looking for Thai gang members he could pick a fight with and would often fight 2-3 gang members at once.
He had a pet bear he wrestled, which prepared him for his success as a college wrestler.
And then he went on to serve in the US Army as a Special Ops. soldier.
Retirement didn’t exactly suit him, so after leaving the army, he moved back to Thailand to start the ministry Free Burma Rangers, a multi-ethinic humanitarian team working to free the oppressed and to stand for human dignity, justice, and reconciliation.
Today, Dave takes his team onto the front lines to provide medical care, supplies, and prayer to those fighting in Sudan, Burma, and Syria. He has been shot at countless times and has slept in bunkers next to soldiers while being bombed by the Sudanese military and ISIS. And the most astonishing part of his ministry is that he often takes his wife and three kids with him. Courage truly runs in the family.
In my two days with Dave, I had many memorable moments, but one that has change me for forever.
Over an early morning cup of coffee at his farm house, I ask him, “Dave, how in the world do you find the strength to do all you do? You often take your entire family onto these missions. Don’t you get scared for their lives?”
With a serious yet kind tone of voice, Dave looks me right in the eye, and says, “I never make any decision in life based on fear or comfort. Those words are not a part of my lexicon. I do what is right and my family knows this. Fear and comfort might be a part of the conversation, but I never allow it to dictate the decision.”
I have interviewed hundreds of people in over 40 countries around the world, and Dave Eubank is one of the most courageous men I have ever met.
His courage exposed many of my own weaknesses. Sadly, I find ways to simultaneously break both his rules, as I spend much of my day being afraid of being uncomfortable.
Clearly I have a lot work to do before I am ready to serve alongside Dave. His words will always haunt and inspire me when I consider how to best lead my family and Silent Images. I hope my motives and priorities will be focused on doing what is right.
Thanks, Dave, for challenging me to live life more courageously. You’re a true Cowboy.
Loving the journey,