Greetings reader friends! And welcome new subscribers! David Telbat here. I recently interviewed Chloe Azmaveth, one of the key characters in my COIL Series. Many of you know she’s an ex-Mossad operative from Israel. But I bet you don’t know that you first meet her in the new COIL Prequel, Dark Edge! 🙂
Did you remember Chloe was born in Syria? I thought it would be helpful to hear her input on the current Syrian firestorm. The following conversation took place in an undisclosed point-of-view. (Seriously! I write fiction, so I can do this, right?) 😉
David Telbat Interviews Chloe
David: A lot of my readers are fans of yours, Chloe. The modern spy world isn’t overly populated with such outgoing Christian women.
Chloe: Spy? Who’s a spy? [smiles] I just do my best for Christ and His people. If I can inspire some faithful women out there to live to their fullest potential, my joy is complete.
David: You would take on a student-mentor role to train up a female agent? Teach her the trade?
Chloe: Sure, I’ve done that before. COIL urges involvement. I’m happy to give advice, but really—we just use the brains God gave us and respond to His call with obedience. I’m nothing special. I still get nervous walking through customs of a closed country when I have a suitcase full of Bibles.
David: We understand you were born in Syria. Have you been there recently?
Chloe: Yes, Corban sent me to Tadmur in south-central Syria. It was pretty nerve-wracking. But everyone knows we’ve got Christians in all those little towns. Some can’t flee Syria for various reasons. Some choose to stay, just to remain lights for God. Times are real hard for them—struggling for electricity, water, food. Medical is a mess, of course, and the wounded and sick overwhelm what little resources they have. But in all that craziness, there’s hope.
David: What hope can there be in a civil war?
Chloe: Well, a Christian’s eyes are not on earthly matters. Sure, we survive and make the most of either good or bad, but our hope is in heaven, in Christ and salvation from spiritual death brought on by sin. We have no hope without Christ. That’s a fact.
David: Can you tell us what you did in Tadmur?
Chloe: I can tell you I met with established COIL contacts in the country. I can tell you I coordinated a resupply from an unlikely source.
Chloe: Food, water, medical, spiritual material. COIL is generous, but we’re also good stewards. Corban wanted someone he trusted to be on the ground to make sure the supplies weren’t hoarded or squandered by the enemy. Our priority is always with God’s people. We practice Galatians 6:10 for sure.
David: What would you like to say to the many women who follow your life from a distance?
Chloe: Find a way to serve Christ humbly, and don’t be swept up by what the world tells us a modern woman must be. A Christian woman is a powerful force for change—in her family, in her relationships, in her community, in her workplace—but only if she stands for Christ in a biblical way. As Corban says, the best place to serve is in God’s will. I don’t try to redefine God’s will for others. We just have to be obedient to what we know is in His Word.
Oh . . . I just received a text from Corban. I need to meet him so I’ll have to say goodbye for now. It was great seeing you again, Dave.
David: Thanks for taking time to visit, Chloe. Give my regards to Corban, will you? Stay safe out there.
[End of interview]
My friends, we have so much to be thankful for here in the USA. Let’s keep Syria in prayer as well as the rest of the Middle East in such turmoil. Find ways to get involved and make it personal (see below). Let’s not fall under the warning of James 2:16.
See you in the field!
Ways to get involved:
- Samaritan’s Purse is actively involved in Syria, supplying needs along with the gospel message to those with open hearts.
- Besides delivering Bibles into the hands of waiting Christians (several trips are open for delivering Bibles!), Vision Beyond Borders fills containers with clothing and other needs for refugees in many camps. Click the link and scroll to “Middle East Humanitarian Relief.”
- Voice of the Martyrs reaches out to those who are persecuted for their faith. You can write a letter to a believer in prison from this page. Or send an Action Pack to persecuted Christians.
You can find other Interviews at this link.