During this season of the International Day of Prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, let’s pray and seek ways to encourage them. Read more below. Now, here’s David Telbat—
Welcome, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! My short story, “Tested by Fear, a Christian in Laos,” is inspired by a true story about a situation unfolding right now in Laos. Vision Beyond Borders (VBB) recently reported about this type of persecution and the circumstances inside communist Laos. We are so fortunate in America not to receive this sort of persecution, but do we take the opportunity to love and remain committed to one another with this kind of passion? Let’s not grow complacent in these last days.
Tested by Fear, a Christian in Laos
by D.I. Telbat
Ailani was trembling. The Communist Party in Laos had been watching her every move. Even before she’d become a Christian, she’d been afraid of the agents who harassed her neighbors and evicted offenders from their homes. Now, she was an offender. Now, she was a target for their harassment.
But that didn’t stop Ailani from placing food into a carry bag. She’d cooked it all herself, enough for ten meals, she guessed, if the church elder ate conservatively. He’d been arrested three weeks earlier. Ailani remembered the terror as the police had beaten and arrested him when he hadn’t answered their questions. Now in prison, he would die if his own people didn’t take him food.
Shouldering the bag, Ailani peered through the window at the wet street. It had been raining all night. No one seemed to be watching her house, but they soon would be again. Once she visited the prison and dropped off the food, she knew they would follow her to her home. That’s what had happened to the others who’d taken him food. They’d been arrested, so Ailani expected it would happen to her as well. Soon, her faith would be tested. It would be tested by fear, intimidation, and even violence.
But first, before she received a turn at being interrogated, she would take a turn at delivering the elder some food. The act was much more than just feeding someone. It was about Jesus.
As Ailani walked to the front door, she traced her hand across a wall panel meant to appear solid. But behind the panel were Bibles—dozens of them. Soon, she would find out if the hiding place passed a house raid.
Maybe she would be arrested. Maybe she would be abused. But she wasn’t about to allow the elder to die of starvation. Christians took care of other Christians—and anyone else in need. Ailani believed her Savior’s reputation of love was more important than the mistreatment she might receive for sharing food.
Ailani walked into the rain, holding her bag tightly as she started the trek across town toward the prison. She was a normal Christian in Laos.
The End of short story, “Tested by Fear, a Christian in Laos”
Pray for our Persecuted Brothers & Sisters: Asia Bibi in Pakistan (read her latest update here); believers barred from their home in Turkey, article here , and here. Encourage the persecuted in prison for their faith by writing and sending letters through Prisoner Alert.
COMING UP: Join us next time for another view into David’s upcoming new novel in, “Suffering in Distant Front.” And for the following post, we have another new D.I. Telbat short story, “Old Comrades.”