Dear Reading Friend, although my focus, until recently, has been on getting Steadfast Series Books Five & Six to you—which feature God’s people in America being tested for their faith—I don’t want us to forget about other countries that desperately need our prayers right now. Here is a short story about Vietnam. I hope it inspires you to love and care for souls as Jesus did—even for His enemies. See you on the next page!—David Telbat
A Machete for a Bible
by D.I. Telbat
Thirty-year-old Curt Mechin was forced to his knees on the jungle floor in northern Vietnam. Jonas Hardy, his friend from their local church back home, was kicked and pushed down to kneel beside him. Both Americans were panting for breath after running a mile along a trail. But they’d been caught by the villagers. And these villagers seemed familiar with why the Americans were there.
Two men were arguing a few feet in front of Curt and Jonas as several other men dumped their backpacks onto the ground. The two Americans had smuggled Bibles in from Laos for the Hmong believers, but hadn’t expected to be ambushed along the way. At least they’d already given away most of the Bibles.