Welcome Friends and New Subscribers! David Telbat here to share two fictional status reports to COIL on the Persecuted Churches in Sudan and Uzbekistan.
Sudan Status Report by Brad Alden to his Supporting Church
When the Muslim Janjaweed soldiers swept into the Sudanese refugee camp, I had only minutes to hide. A man and wife heard the horsemen coming and understood the great danger for me—a white man not even 30 years old. The couple hid me in their UN shelter, which was the size of a typical American walk-in closet. I shivered and prayed for safety while under dusty blankets and bed mats, my hosts standing guard outside.
I was one of the fortunate ones. Two of my companions who had accompanied me to deliver supplies to southern Sudan were taken captive. As I write this, their lives and release are uncertain.
Having participated in a couple other humanitarian operations in Europe and Africa, each one seems to get more dangerous. But not because we deliver blankets, toiletries and clothing. We also pass out picture Bibles when the people are illiterate, which is often. This is why I hid for my life that day, for the Janjaweed had heard that a group of Americans were helping the refugees in the name of Jesus.
Though I survived that day, I am forever affected by this region of forgotten, plagued, and tortured people. With no natural resources to offer the world’s modern countries, not many seem to care about the Sudanese. But we Christians know these broken lives are precious to God and I’m torn as I return to my comfortable home and new wife in Oregon.
I want to challenge our churches with this message when I return to America: You want excitement? You want adventure? Danger? Consider spending your next vacation tagging along with a foreign humanitarian expedition. It will change your life and make you a more effective Christian back here in the States!
End Report on Persecuted Churches and Christians in Sudan
Uzbekistan Status Report to COIL on the Persecuted Church
Report filed by: Sven Madrovich
Code Name: Russia
As part of Team Zayin, I infiltrated an Uzbek prison last month. Since Uzbekistan’s population of 27 million is made up of 6% Russians, and I was born in Russia, I wasn’t suspected as I explored a number of prison blocks, some with dorms of warehoused inmates.
My team began supporting this operation two months before commencement. During that time of surveillance, we researched the guard uniforms to duplicate one for me. We would’ve otherwise had to steal one and risk operational compromise.
I discovered one block where over a dozen Christians were imprisoned for the crime of “attracting believers from one faith to another.” Covertly, I left Bible pages in these and other prisoners’ hands—pages I’d smuggled inside my boots and later extracted secretly.
The imprisoned Christians are only a small number of the 25,000 believers under immense pressure in Uzbekistan. I’m almost ashamed to return to my comfortable home on the Moscow River when there is so much work to be done in Uzbekistan. There are so many believers starving for encouragement while the Islamic-communist government threatens violence if the Christians don’t denounce their faith. We need to pray more for Uzbekistan!
End Fictional Report on Persecuted Churches and Christians in Uzbekistan
• These reports were inspired by characters and themes in The COIL Series.
• Read other D.I. Telbat fictional Letters to COIL and status reports here.
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