Dear Friends, My heart was stirred to write this short story, “A Heart for America: Time is Running Out,” to tell the tough but true story of our wonderful land. Many years ago, I heard that Pakistan was training and sending missionaries to America to evangelize and become lights to the lukewarm in Christian churches that had lost their first love. Do you have a heart for America? I hope this story is an encouragement to your own Christian walk.
A Heart for America: Time is Running Out
by D.I. Telbat
Derya watched the news from her hotel room in Columbus, Ohio. There’d been another suicide bombing in her home country of Turkey. The coastal town of Kusadasi had been struck and dozens had been killed or wounded. Inland from the coast, the tourist attraction of Ephesus had also been targeted and many foreigners were harmed. Extremists were sending a message to Christians because they knew Ephesus was a significant city in the Christian Bible.
After turning off the TV, Derya walked to the window and looked down at the city of Columbus. Since immigrating to America, she’d traveled to nearly every state, waiting for God to guide her in her calling. Ever since she was a young child, she’d known the love of Jesus, and the Lord had compelled her to become a missionary after she’d finished her schooling.
Closing the blinds, Derya knelt in front of the bed. While her home country was rocked with suicide bombs, America’s morality was in no less shambles. While many American civilians condemned a foreign culture they scarcely understood, Derya saw the American culture of Christianity saturated with its own tragedy: rampant materialism.
On her knees, she prayed for strength and wisdom. She had a little money left, enough to open a Turkish deli near the university. Her mother’s kofte (meatball) recipe would take college students to a savory paradise, she hoped, but it was her spiritual mission in America that mattered most. Millions around the world were coming to Christ with great passion, but Americans, in their worldliness, had become complacent. Few lived holy lives in pursuit of morality, let alone for Jesus Christ. Now, God was sending missionaries to the United States with the message of Jonah: Repent, for the Lord is coming soon!
Derya rose to her feet and picked up her packed bag. It wasn’t out of dislike for America that she’d come, but out of love. She knew well the sinful violence in her own homeland. It was obvious! But the subtle dangers of comfort and selfishness had infected this Land of Liberty, and she felt it might even be a greater degree of sin.
With so many people searching for pleasure and acceptance, Derya prayed that God’s message of the love of Jesus touched someone’s heart through her that day. For America, and for the world, time was running out!
NEWS: Ann B was a winner in our Celebration 2016 Giveaway. She won a custom short story by D.I. Telbat and Ann has given her permission for us to share it with you here! Enjoy her Last Stand Chronicle, “Take Charge, Wisconsin!“
COMING UP: Join us next time for David Telbat’s Author Reflection, “Hate the Spiritual Darkness.” And in the following post, join us again for another new short story by David, Part II of Heart for America, “Amidst the Despised.”