Welcome Reader Friends and New Subscribers! Today we have two of David Telbat’s standalone short Christian stories for your entertainment and spiritual encouragement. Enjoy!
by D.I. Telbat
Sarai Harnack, a secret evangelist, watched the woman read the leaflet she’d given her about Jesus Christ. The woman was a Muslim, waiting outside a mosque for her husband.
As the Muslim woman continued reading, her brow furrowed, and she held the paper closer to read it more carefully. Sarai prayed in her heart. This was the moment God would act. She could sense it. Her conversation with the woman had been brief, but God’s Word was working now, better than Sarai’s own words ever could.
The woman looked up from the leaflet, her covered head turning toward the mosque, perhaps to see if her husband was coming out yet. Then she bowed her head and continued reading.
Sarai moved into the shadow of a shop as a policeman drove by on a motorcycle. Against advice from Christian friends, Sarai carried more than five Bibles on her evangelistic effort. Bibles were harder to conceal than leaflets, and if checked for contraband, the Bibles would be confiscated and destroyed. And she’d be arrested.
Across the street, the woman folded up the leaflet and pocketed it. Then, she opened the small Arabic Bible. Again, she glanced left and right, this time with recognizable caution. Sarai prayed fervently, a sob in her throat.
As the woman read the Bible, her mouth opened as if in surprise. Finally, she closed the illegal Book. Sarai frowned, not seeing the reaction she’d prayed for.
But then the woman looked around again, and tucked the Bible into her handbag. Yes! Sarai wanted to clap, to sing, to cheer!
Suddenly, their eyes met—two women who’d spoken for less than a minute. One free, the other in dark bondage—for now.
The Muslim woman smiled and nodded her thanks. Sarai placed her hand over her heart and smiled back.
With her job complete, Sarai prayed for the woman’s safety, then left. She had more Bibles to give away, and more souls to pray for.
The Blind Man of Uganda
by D.I. Telbat
Sarai Harnack followed the blind man tapping his cane down the sidewalk of Jinja, a city in Uganda. The man’s face was terribly scarred from acid burns, and when people on the sidewalk saw him coming, they moved aside. They moved aside not because he was blind, Sarai knew, but because of the reason he’d been burned by the acid.
Though others avoided the blind man, Sarai followed him twenty paces behind. As a careful female evangelist in a Muslim country, she wore a head covering and kept her eyes looking at the ground most of the time. Cautiously, she studied her surroundings, danger never far away in her work. But when men looked her way, she quickly diverted her gaze submissively.
The blind man carefully stepped up to an apartment building and entered it. Sarai followed him up three steep flights of stairs and into a hallway with no lights. Most Westerners would’ve hesitated before walking down that hallway, but not Sarai. She quickened her steps and came upon the blind man as he jiggled a key in the door lock.
When she was close, he jumped back and held his arm to shield his face.
“Who’s there?” he said in English, the official language of Uganda.
“You don’t know me, but we know the same Man.” She touched his arm to calm his shuddering. “Your scars are fresh, aren’t they? I saw you on the street. I’m a friend.”
“If you’re truly a friend, then how did my face come to look like this?”
“You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” Sarai closed her eyes, empathizing for a moment with what so many endured for Christ in Muslim countries. “My name is Sarai.”
“Well, Sarai, you tell me if I’m a Christian or not.”
He pushed the door open and Sarai heard rustling inside. She looked into the apartment where a dozen men and woman looked up from a meeting, Bibles on their laps.
“Would you mind if I join you?”
“If you don’t mind the possibility of looking like this.” He gestured to his face.
Sarai thought she distinguished a challenging smile amongst his scars.
“No, I don’t mind sharing the wounds for Christ with you.”
The study group rose to their feet to greet their American sister. The blind man locked the door, and Sarai rejoiced with the secret believers of Uganda.
COMING UP: Join us WEDNESDAY for “Screening Tests for Navy SEALs and COIL Christians.” And next MONDAY, David has a new short story for you called, “Nigeria Not Alone.”