Marie Colvin’s Public Effort

Marie Colvin was a foreign affairs correspondent for The London Sunday Times, she died this February. Marie Colvin’s Private War is the Vanity Fair article these quotes are taken from:

As they left for the second trip, they learned that there would be no space for them to carry flack jackets, helmets, or video equipment. Trained as an artillery officer in the British Army, Conroy counted the rockets coming down and clocked 45 explosions a minute. “Every bone in my body is telling me not to do this,” he said. Colvin listened to him carefully, her head cocked to one side. “Those are your concerns,” she said. “I’m going in, no matter what. I’m the reporter, you’re the photographer. If you want you can stay here.” It was the first argument they ever had. “You know I’ll never leave you,” Conroy said.

“You always have to think about the risk and the reward. Is the danger worth it?”

In Beirut earlier, Colvin had learned that the army was under orders to kill journalists.

Her particular talent was giving voice to the voiceless – widows holding their mangled husbands in Kosovo,…

“Bravery is not being afraid to be afraid,” she said when she accepted an award for her work in Sri Lanka.

I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul endured for the Gospel:

2 Corinthians 11:16-33

16 ¶  I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little.

17  What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

18  Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.

19  For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise!

20  For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face.

21  To our shame, I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold––I speak foolishly––I am bold also.

22 ¶  Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.

23  Are they ministers of Christ? ––I speak as a fool––I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

24  From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.

25  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26  in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27  in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness––

28  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

29  Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

30  If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

31  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

32  In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me;

33  but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.


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