"I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth"
Father David Abraham was born in a small village in the North East of England called Holtby. He was born into a small family, with a number of cousins but no siblings of his own. It was a small community and very much centred around the church, the school and the local pub which also served as a community centre. He joined the church choir as a boy and found the love of god through the music. Although content and happy, there was always something missing, a yearning for the great outdoors. At the age of 17 he broke the mould of his family and rather than continue to work as a farm hand like his father and cousins, he joined the british army to travel the world and see the sights. Through the army he became ordained and transferred into the The Royal Army Chaplains' Department (RAChD). He served as a chaplin for 15 years until the age of 35 when he was reaching retirement age.
His father had also become sick at this point through lung cancer and he left the army to move back home to help his mother look after his dying father. It was time well spent and through his faith in god he battled through the emotions and grief when his father finally passed. Another 6 months passed and his mother become ill through a broken heart. When she passed, and with no wife or children of his own, there was nothing to keep him at home anymore and the family home was sold to his uncle so it would remain in the family.
He had read of priests traveling the world and spreading the word of God and he decided he would do the same. He had never been to eastern Europe and being a Christian country with religion focused primarily on The Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church. This Church was one of the oldest in the world and this really interested him greatly so he decided that’s where he would start. He used his house sale money to purchase everything he needed and caught a flight to Eastern Europe. He traveled for 6 months through Georgia, meeting lots of interesting people and learning a little about the culture. He learnt to recognize some of the text/writing but had difficulty in learning to speak Russian. On leaving Georgia he traveled west to Chenarus. He had found temporary residence in Novodmitrovsk (НОВОДМИТРОВСК) and had been visiting the church on the hill for a few weeks when the outbreak hit.
In the early days he took on the role of providing spiritual support to those families affected but soon the problem became much bigger than he could ever manage and his own safety was under threat. On one notable night a huge storm hit and this became a turning point for him. He locked himself in the church with a few remaining members of the local community of North Novo and stayed there for around 1 week. They ate the tinned supplies they had brought and the apples they had gathered from the trees in the gardens. They drank the water from the font which was ironic considering the Apocalypse that was going on around them. After the week, things seemed to become quieter and eventually they started to exit the church to find remaining survivors. There were very few survivors or wildlife and the busy town had become a ghost town. There were cars burnt out in the streets, looters had smashed windows and buildings were empty. Those humans that were left, were wandering the streets and possessed by the demons of Satan himself. Was this biblical scale of mass destruction a message from God?
After the Outbreak David was plagued with his own guilt on how the world had become. He felt equally responsible for what he considers Gods message to mankind that he can take away what he gave, just as he did with the Garden of Eden.
As a man of Faith David took this especially hard and hid away from society for a while, in a small hut in the northern forests, where he took time to re-evaluate himself and the way forward. He also joined with a group that have established a retention facility on prison island. This gave him a great opportunity to speak with the troubled souls that occupy the cells and hopefully allow them some inner peace and faith that the path they currently walk towards the fires of Hell, can be diverted to lead to God.
Father David was also working for the only radio station in Chernarus, Redwood Radio. He started his own show ‘The Father David Show’