Donnie Ray Hutson composed this original song for Bowe called “Bring Him Home”. Be sure to have your box of Kleenex handy- it’s a bit of a tearjerker.
Today is the twenty-eighth day of March. Twenty-seven years ago today Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born into a loving family living in a small town in rural Idaho. Life was good in Idaho and Bowe grew up to become a kind, intelligent, adventurous young man.
Fast forward to today. Bowe’s family still lives in Idaho and they still love him dearly. Bowe, however, is being held captive somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan by insurgents who are allied with the Taliban.
While it’s shocking enough to learn that a United States Army soldier has been taken prisoner by those who are fighting against America, it’s even more shocking to know that one has been held captive for nearly four years. As of today, Bowe has seen four birthdays pass since he was taken captive on 30 June 2009. We wonder if Bowe knows that he turns twenty-seven today. We pray that next year that question won’t even need to be asked. It is our greatest hope that in 2014 he will be able to celebrate his birthday, celebrate his life, with his loving family in that small town in Idaho.
What people are doing
Bowe’s supporters have made extra time today to tell others Bowe’s story. Many have distributed flyers and brochures to tell people about his plight. We have a free downloadable brochure that you can get HERE to use to spread the word about Bowe. Facebook users and twitter users are sharing posts about Bowe via social media. We have posts that you can share from our FACEBOOK PAGE “Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW”. Also, please take a minute to SIGN Bowe’s Guestbook.
Dayle Ohlau of Idaho’s KECH-fm 95.3 interviewed Bowe’s parents, Jani and Bob Bergdahl, today. In an in-depth session she finds out more about how the Bergdahls are able to manage through and cope with the crisis of their son being held as a prisoner of war. Also discussed is how Bob Bergdahl is studying the culture in which Bowe finds himself in order to help to bring his son home. Separately there is also a short segment that features Bowe’s family wishing him a happy birthday.
FOLLOW HERE to listen to the in-depth interview with Bowe’s parents.
FOLLOW HERE to listen as Bowe’s family sends him birthday greetings today.
From us to Bowe
We will end our post today by saying “Happy Birthday Bowe! We are standing strong for you until you come home. God willing, may you celebrate your day next year in Idaho surrounded by those who love you.”
You’re invited to join other Bowe Supporters for a special “anywhere you are and everywhere you are event.” What is an “anywhere you are and everywhere you are event”? It’s an event that you can be part of exactly where you are. You can participate at your kitchen table while in your pajamas if you want to! This means that almost everyone can be involved in some way.
The name of the event is “SGT Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW *ANYWHERE YOU ARE* 3 Days of Action & Prayer” and it runs from November 27th through 29th. It is being coordinated through Facebook but you don’t need to be on Facebook to participate in it. Even people who don’t use a computer can help to achieve the goals of the event!
With the recent elections, it is very important for our newly elected Members of Congress to understand that there are hundreds of thousands of Bowe Supporters who are working hard to bring Bowe home. It’s also important to remind those who are returning to Congress of the same thing. Our nationally elected officials must know that we are all expecting them to keep Bowe’s rescue a top-level priority and that we are watching to see that they do.
During the 3 Days of Action and Prayer, we’re all joining together to contact our Members of Congress. There are four ways to do this. We can call or email during those days, we can write letters that will arrive at our Congressional Members’ offices during the same period or shortly thereafter. We can also speak with our elected officials face-to-face. We must make them understand that “IT’S TIME TO BRING BOWE HOME!” Please follow HERE to find more information about how to contact Congress and how to locate the contact information for your Congressional delegation.
Another goal of the event is to raise awareness about Bowe’s captivity. Further, part of this particular goal is to encourage those who are just learning about Bowe to translate their awareness into action. We must always remember that while it is very important to tell as many people as possible about Bowe, people must be willing to contact their elected officials and continue to spread the word about Bowe’s plight.
Less than four weeks after this event, many will be celebrating Christmas; the New Year will be following closely behind. The last Christmas that Bowe was able to spend with his family was in 2008. Every year thereafter he has been held captive by those who would delightfully steal the freedom of all Americans. This is a time for all of us to join together in prayer to ask that comfort would be brought to Bowe and his family during what is sure to be an especially difficult time. One can only imagine how painful it must be to have a beloved family member in Bowe’s situation. And it must be even more difficult during the Holidays. That empty place at the Holiday dinner table is a heartbreaking reminder that the Bergdahl family won’t be entirely whole until Bowe is back home where he belongs. Let’s all join together to stand strong for them. Let’s show our support so that the Bergdahl family will know that they are always in our thoughts and prayers. And for those who do not pray, please visualize Bowe home safe and sound with his family. Bowe needs all of the kindness and compassion that his supporters have to offer.
If we all join together, we can also do something a little extra that will send our message of support to Bowe’s family. Bowe’s Facebook page, “Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW” has nearly reached 10,000 members. Will you help to achieve that number by inviting the people you know to become a member of Bowe’s page? When his family members from all across the country look at the page, it will be uplifting for them to see that there are 10,000 standing strong for Bowe on the page alone. ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN! Follow HERE to go to Bowe’s page.
Working together, we can raise awareness about Bowe’s plight. Keep an eye out for opportunities to tell his story. It might be at work, at school, at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office or on Facebook or Twitter. YOU are his voice- he cannot speak for himself.
Follow HERE to the event page on Facebook so that you can JOIN and show your support. Please INVITE everyone you know to be part of Bowe’s event. If you are on Facebook, you have the option of inviting your friends by using the invite button in the upper right side of the page.
You are cordially invited to become a member of Bowe’s Facebook page. There you can keep up on the latest information about Bowe and interact with other committed Bowe Supporters just like you.