Hello Reader Friends! Today we have D.I. Telbat’s fictional Iran-letter to COIL Agency, and a fictitious status report on the Persecuted Church in Iran. Both stories feature the same character, Fajl.
To the COIL Agency,
My code name is Fajl and I am from Iran. Someone gave me your email address. I would like to learn if there are others like myself.
Working as a Pasdaran agent in Iran for many years, I tortured dozens of prominent Jews and Christians inside Tehran. As a loyal Muslim extremist, I hunted these people, and imprisoned them without trials, killing many. When I defected from Iran, I found Saudi Arabia to harbor my similar hatred for God’s people.
But I was an evil man then.
Today, I am a fugitive of all Muslim nations, yet I travel throughout anyway. I still use my hunting skills to find Christians, but now only to rely on their hospitality, as I am hated by a billion people whom I once called my brothers and sisters.
Now, my family consists of humble, broken worshipers of Jesus. They have little contact with the outside world—not out of choice, but because only few desire to make contact with them. So when I visit their homes, often by surprise, I am there to encourage them. I try to give hope in the Name of Jesus.
At one time, I committed my whole life to killing Christians. Now I commit my life to living among them, from country to country, across closed borders, encouraging them in the way of Jesus, often transporting contraband (Bibles and hymnals) for these humble servants.
Are there no other believers willing to risk their lives for other believers? Am I alone?
This fictional letter was inspired by themes in Dark Liaison, a Christian Suspense Novel by D.I. Telbat. You can read true stories of the persecuted church in Iran at Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors.
Report on the Persecuted Church in Iran
Report filed by: Agent Carson Adams
Subject: true name unknown
Code Name: Fajl
Operation: Prison Hole Victor
Fajl texted me an hour ago to report that the Iran op was successful. Since he was once a Pasdaran agent, he knew how to get into Tehran’s largest prison.
Fajl set up a bogus transfer for 46 believers recently arrested for house church involvement and having Bible literature. The believers were transported by oblivious Iranian guards to Esfahan. Fajl secured transport to Kuwait before he returned to cover as private security guard to Prince Rashid in Saudi Arabia.
8 of 46 rescued were too injured to survive exodus. I will confirm with Kuwait contact if/when remaining refugees arrived safely and received proper identifications from COIL office.
[End report by Adams]
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