Dear Reading Friends, This is David Telbat with Heart for America Part II, “Amidst the Despised.” The short story is meant to open our eyes to our need and the needs of those who are forgotten right here in America. Perhaps in your town or city, you’ve seen how idolatry, materialism, or selfishness have caused the lost and brokenhearted to be ignored in our midst. Perhaps we could be the ones to kneel for strength, then stand with courage to sacrifice for the sake of Christ in this land of ours. How will God mobilize us locally, even alone, to selfless service?
Amidst the Despised – Heart for America II
by D.I. Telbat
Jamal’s body was covered with scars. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, the punishment handed down by Wahhabi Sunnis had nearly killed him, but he’d fled to America. Now, he knew why God had kept him alive through all the persecution. Saudis may have hated the followers of Jesus Christ, but it seemed that many Americans didn’t care about Jesus at all!
Since arriving in America, Jamal had listened to everyday civilians talk about world affairs, politics, and religions. Jamal had traveled the world and spoke three languages—but he’d never heard so much arrogance as he did from the common American. He didn’t dare tell anyone he was an Arab born to a respected family in Saudi Arabia. Even though he was a Christian, he was liable to be harassed in many towns throughout America—just because he was an Arab.
In a city park in California, Jamal stopped his van and opened the side doors. He set a speaker on the sidewalk and turned on Christian worship music that glorified Jesus Christ in Spanish, a language he was quickly learning. Several homeless families with whom he’d visited the past few weeks came toward him. Jamal smiled and filled his arms with bags of juice, baby formula, and sandwiches he’d made himself.
Around him, the city continued in its age-old frenzy. Businessmen chased after the almighty dollar. Mothers dolled up their babies and pets alike. Teenagers flashed knives, smartphones, and their naked skin on their way to and from school.
But Jamal knelt in front of a migrant worker’s son whose name was Sergio, and handed him a peanut butter sandwich. To Sergio’s father, he gave a thermos of coffee and a sandwich. Sergio’s mother sat down on a cooler Jamal had put on the lawn nearby. She held her infant son on her lap. Another family arrived, the father carrying a Bible that Jamal had given him two weeks earlier. A few minutes later, a family of four walked up. Jamal fed them as well, then he turned down the music and shared from the Bible some thoughts of God’s justice and the grace shown by God in sending His Son, Jesus Christ.
Since his Spanish was still rough, Jamal spoke slowly, but his compassion for the forgotten, the ignored, the mistreated, was unmistakable. After all, God had brought him to America from Saudi Arabia to share Christ’s love. The rest of America might’ve been too self-consumed to receive what Jamal’s scars represented, but he had an audience amidst the despised. He was a missionary to America.
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