Greetings Reader Friends! Welcome to the Walk of Faith #3, my short story series about Special Forces Christian Bruce Rayle, this time traveling on foot through North Korea. Like you and me, he is walking by faith, searching for the right place to serve, and waiting to see how God will lead and develop him for the Savior’s purposes. So far, Bruce has witnessed the persecution of Christ’s followers in Uganda and Vietnam. Let’s see what’s in store for him in North Korea…
Walk of Faith – North Korea
by D.I. Telbat
Bruce Rayle gazed through his binoculars at the North Korean prison camp. Though he was a mile away and high above the camp in the mountains, the field glasses brought him closer to the suffering.
He’d received satellite texts throughout his months of backpacking around the world—news from Christian watch groups about persecution zones. Instead of avoiding the most brutal countries who despised God’s people, he’d hiked over mountains and swam across rivers to find his brothers and sister in the faith.
Using a mini-camera, Bruce snapped a number of photographs. This was the worst camp he’d visited—a work and “reeducation” camp for whole families. These were condemned people whose songbun files were said by the regime to be “complex, wavering, and hostile citizens.” Claiming Christ was their crime, and twenty-five percent of the country was made up of this despised class.
With his head bowed, his hands stretched toward the camp, and tears streaming down his cheeks, Bruce prayed for the people in torment below him. God was near them, perhaps nearer to them than to him or others around the world, because these who suffered relied only upon their Savior.
Bruce tightened his pack straps over his shoulders and chest, and marched farther into the mountains. Because of what he’d witnessed, he felt closer to Christ and His sufferings—not because Bruce himself had suffered, but because he’d learned to care deeply for God’s people.
When his faith walk was over, he would take his story and photos back to American churches. They needed to hear so they could care more, as well.
NOTE: Because of Holocaust Memorial Day, here’s an article from Author Joel C. Rosenberg’s blog. Click on his link “International Remembrance Day” to read about four Jewish heroes that escaped and saved many!
COMING UP: Join us again next WEDNESDAY for the fourth in the Walk of Faith Series, “Laos—A Christian Special Forces Faith Walk.”