Dear Reading Friends, The short story below, “Laos, Faith Walk Part 4,” is the conclusion to Special Forces Christian Bruce Rayle’s adventure. (Find part I here.) He’s been traveling the world, exercising his faith as he witnesses and helps those being persecuted for Jesus Christ. This series may end, but your story doesn’t. Where is your faith walk taking you?
Laos Faith Walk
by D.I. Telbat
Bruce Rayle hung by his wrists from a pole outside a village in Laos. His hiking boots, patched and worn from hundreds of miles in a dozen countries, had been taken from him. His backpack was gone, along with his camera that contained visual evidence of world-wide Christian persecution. His pocket Bible had been torn to pieces. Its pages still fluttered in the wind on the grassy ground below him.
Defeat didn’t enter Bruce’s heart or mind even as he realized his faith walk was over. Rather, he felt a calm resolve now that he was near the end of this life, and he praised God that he was deemed worthy to suffer for Christ’s name.
The local village elders shifted on their feet, whispered, and pointed as they watched Bruce. In response, Bruce mumbled prayers for them, his executioners.
Today was day three for him hanging from the pole. No water. No food. Parts of his body were numb, and he could no longer breathe sufficiently. Such was their disdain for his fellowshipping with the believers in Laos.
On the first day, Bruce had thought this type of death was such a waste after all he’d witnessed and looked forward to seeing from God. But now on day three, he realized God had used Bruce’s travels and this final suffering as a way of preparing him to meet his Savior.
Bruce surrendered that day. He didn’t despise the suffering God had allowed him to witness and endure. As he breathed his last, he forgave his persecutors. His head hung chin to chest, and he died with a smile as he anticipated seeing his Lord. His walk of faith was finished.
“…We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” II Corinthians 4:8-11 (NASB)
Read of other Special Forces Christians in our series here.
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