Happy Thanksgiving, Reading Friends! This is David Telbat. (See news below of my new release, DISTANT FRONT, Book Two of The COIL Legacy!) My short story, Old Comrades, is a story inspired by a recent Vision Beyond Borders article that shared current needs in Northern Iraq. Weekly, we receive news of horrible atrocities occurring in the Middle East. But in the Bible, God promises to never allow man to live wickedly without God leaving Himself a witness of His own goodness.
Man, left to his own devices, is evil. But God is still good. Let’s keep our eyes on Him, and see (in faith) that He is still doing the miraculous to save those we may otherwise deem unsaveable. Let me know if this story touches your heart. Since VBB works closely with refugees, we’ve learned that there have been actual instances where ISIS fighters were impacted by new converts to Christianity. Are we this bold? Pray for these brave soldiers.
by D.I. Telbat
Brimin, a native of Sudan, knelt next to a dead body in Northern Iraq. It was a young man, his clothing identifying him as a militant. Standing, Brimin gazed out into the arid land. He was a man without a country now. Years earlier, he’d left his home in Africa to fight for Allah. He’d carried a rifle then. Now, he fought against ISIS, but he carried a Bible.
Turning from the desert, he walked back to a beat-up pickup truck driven by an elderly Kurdish man named Aleks.
“Let’s hope we don’t find any more bodies before we reach their camp,” Aleks said as he started the engine. “Wherever they’re hiding, we need to find them before more die.”
Brimin looked back at the body as they drove away. The dead man could’ve been him, if the Christians hadn’t found him and told him about Jesus.
As the truck rumbled down the pitted road toward an ISIS hideout, Brimin glanced into the back of the truck at their cargo. American Christians had raised money and bought Bibles for them to give to refugees. But he and Aleks had a habit—when they couldn’t find any refugees to give Bibles to, they went looking for ISIS fighters to lead to Christ.
“Remember that day?” Brimin asked Aleks. “The day those people risked their lives to tell us the Truth?”
Aleks just smiled. Of course, he remembered! They’d both been ISIS fighters, committed and brutal. But they’d set down their rifles when the Nazarenes walked into Kirkuk.
Now, Aleks and Brimin often found their old comrades and spoke to them about eternity. Since both evangelists had been particularly violent in their soldier years, their reputations allowed them unlimited access to other hardened hearts. It was their turn to risk their lives for Christ.
Aleks and Brimin, ex-ISIS killers, were now normal Christians in Iraq.
The End of Short Story, Old Comrades
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David has written several short stories in his “Normal Christian Series.” You may enjoy reading “A Normal Christian in Iran,” and “A Normal Christian in Syria,” and “Tested by Fear, a Christian in Laos.” You can find other short stories of adventure or suspense here.
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Prayer Prompt: Pray for our country and new leadership. Scripture: I Timothy 2:1 & 2
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