Welcome, Reader Friends! This is the beginning of a new series I’ve called “A Normal Christian,” and then in each story, I’ll focus on a different country. Though it is fiction, you’ll find an example of what it might be like to live as a Christian in these other countries. (Please see my note at the end of the story.)
A Normal Christian in Iran
By D.I. Telbat
Raja, an Iranian Christian, stopped typing at his work desk and looked around the busy office. No one seemed to be watching. He switched to another computer and printed out a page that had recently been emailed to him. Before he was caught, Raja deleted the email and stuffed the printed page into his pocket.
That night, Raja drove out of the city of Tehran to the house of an elderly couple. Without speaking, they exchanged a hand signal—that week’s code—then the elderly man directed Raja into a back room.
The back room was filled with other young people Raja’s age. By the look on their anxious faces, he guessed they’d been waiting and praying for hours.
There were no chairs available for Raja, but since he was the speaker for that night’s prayer meeting, he would remain standing. He drew the paper from his pocket, careful not to tear the sheet he’d saved earlier that day.
“We have another update.” He grinned as if he were sharing the news of a recent addition to the family. “This one is from Burma. Is everyone ready?”
Raja began to read the article that had been emailed to him. As he read, his voice softened. Several in his audience bowed their heads and wept.
The article shared the difficulties of being a Christian in Burma. Many new converts and their families were losing their jobs for becoming Christians, and some were now homeless.
“So, we will pray for Burma tonight,” Raja concluded. “We may have to worship as secret believers ourselves here in Iran, but we won’t forsake our duty of praying for others in difficult conditions. They also need our prayers. I will begin.”
Raja is just a normal Christian in Iran. Visit Prisoner Alert to learn more about believers like Raja, and to pray for the persecuted around the world.
See you in the field, brothers and sisters!
You can read Part II here, “A Normal Christian in Syria.”
NOTE from David Telbat: In my novels, you’ll 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, Book 2, has persecuted believers the Sudan, as well as believers and Jews in Germany. In Dark Rule, Book 3, you’ll find believers suffering in the Greek Isles. COIL #4, Dark Vessel, you’ll find persecuted Christians in the US, the Caribbean, and Nigeria. Book 5, Dark Zeal, is rescuing believers in Israel. Sea Scribe, a standalone mission suspense, focuses on persecution in North Korea, and Arabian Variable concerns believers in Saudi Arabia. All of these novels portray normal Christians suffering for their faith in many countries. I believe the US will soon join this list in reality. Let’s pray for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world.
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