Dear Reading Friend, With Iran constantly in the news, let’s not forget there are men and women still shining the light in that dark country. The following short story, “Constant Light in Iran,” may challenge you to plan ahead for the hard times that might come—even for American Christians. Though you probably aren’t in Iran, you can still be a constant light.
Constant Light in Iran
by D.I. Telbat
His family had warned him not to go. Maybe that was why no one had contacted him since his arrest seven years earlier. Or maybe they’d tried to contact him, but his Iranian jailers kept him out of reach and out of touch.
Adan Falcini would die in an Iranian prison, he guessed, because he continued to preach the gospel wherever they housed him. When they kept him in isolation, he converted the guards. When they placed him in a crowded cell, he converted the other prisoners. When they beat him, he sang. When they starved him, he took the opportunity to fast.
However, he had plenty of paper. His jailers gave him paper and pens, then they took the paper back once he’d written on it. They gave him so much paper, they didn’t seem to be aware of how much paper they never got back.
The paper they gave him was meant to entrap him as the Christian he was. Since he couldn’t deny Christ, he instead saw the paper as a gift to continue God’s work. When they gave him fifty sheets, he used forty-five of them to write sermons for the Iranian police. Someone was reading them since charges against him continued to mount. He had to preach from memory, since they’d taken his Bible, but that wasn’t a big problem. Adan had memorized large portions of the New Testament.
Preaching to the religious police was a joy, but it was the other five pages that he wept over. On them, he wrote to other prisoners, then smuggled the letters to them through air vents, or by string from cell to cell, or even by guards. Once a week, he was taken for a shower. So far, the guards didn’t seem to be aware he’d been leaving pages behind the shower head.
Adan looked up from his writing. Maybe he could even smuggle a letter to America. There had to be a way. American Christians needed to understand the importance of Scripture memorization. Without having memorized Scripture for years in advance, a verse at a time, he would never have been ready for this moment.
Now, the Christian prisoners two wings away had sent a secret note back to him: How could a Person dwell inside them? Adan spent time in prayer, asking God for clarity of mind to draft the words accurately as he wrote in Persian.
“For God, we were made to be vessels,” he began.
His cell light never went out. It was meant to be part of their method of torture, but for Adan, it was a blessing. Day or night, the light was on. Day or night, he could write. And day or night, The Light was with him, never to go out or leave him.
The End of “Constant Light in Iran”
NOTE: Friends, this fictional story is to remind us of real prisoners suffering in Iran for their faith. Praise God that Saeed Abedini was released from Iranian prison. Continue to pray for him and his family and pray for others still in Iranian prisons. Here’s a true story of Iranians coming to the Lord through a dream.
NOTE: Find more short Christian stories by D.I. Telbat here.
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