Welcome Reader Friends! David here. Today I have a short story for you, “A Normal Christian in Syria”—part II in this Special Forces Christian Series. Though it is fiction, you will find an example of what it might be like to live as a Christian in Syria.
A Normal Christian in Syria
by D.I. Telbat
Bashar, a Syrian Christian, coughed into his sleeve, then continued to read from the Bible in his lap. The Bible had been his father’s given to him as a gift thirty years earlier by a Jewish believer. Bashar’s father was now dead, but the Bible was full of life for those who heard the words.
Two dozen men and women sat before Bashar on the floor of the small bombed-out building in the middle of the city of Aleppo. Bashar had the only Bible, but he wasn’t the only one who had a cough. Several others sniffed and sneezed, the cold nights spent without heat was taking a toll over the months.
Gunfire blasted on the street outside their building. It was the sixth time that afternoon that Bashar had to cease his reading. Like the other times, he closed the Bible, his finger holding his place in the Gospel of John, and he mouthed a prayer. He prayed with his eyes open, and he prayed for the people around him. Their lips also moved silently. The slightest sound could alert the rebel forces intent on killing all non-Muslims.
Though Bashar didn’t know all those present, he prayed for them anyway. Sometimes there were even more people attending the weekly gatherings to listen to the reading of the Word. And sometimes there were less. But sometimes, when the killing and fighting were most intense, Bashar and his wife were the only ones who arrived to hide and read together.
Bashar and his wife once had three children. They had sent their youngest to Turkey to live with relatives, and the other two had remained with Bashar. One year ago, an artillery shell had collapsed their Damascus residence, and the two older children had perished. His wife still bore a scar from that fateful night, and Bashar still limped.
When the gunfire outside subsided, Bashar recited in his mind several of the Psalms from memory, then he opened the Bible again. Softly, he read aloud. Next week, he would do the same, teaching about Jesus when he wasn’t searching for food and clean water for his wife.
As he read, he squeezed his wife’s hand and paused to look into her face. Her eyes were moist, but she smiled nonetheless. Their love was as one in Christ, their Lord, whom they were certain was to return soon to reign.
Bashar is just a normal Christian in Syria. A Special Forces Christian.
See you in the field, brothers and sisters!
Click here to read the previous Part I, “A Normal Christian in Iran.”
NOTE: Watch this free video by VOM of true Christian Persecution in Syria. Warning: graphic and heart-rending.
NOTE from David Telbat: In my novels, you will find COIL teams attempting to rescue persecuted Christians in many countries. Dark Liaison, Book 1 in the COIL Series, has stories about believers in Rome, Guatemala, Malaysia, and North Korea. Dark Hearted has persecuted believers and Jews in Germany, and believers in the Sudan. In Dark Rule, you will find believers suffering in the Greek Isles. In Dark Vessel, we find persecuted Christians in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and in the US. Sea Scribe focuses on suffering servants in North Korea. Visit VOM’s Prisoner Alert to learn more and to pray for persecuted Christians around the world.