Hello Reading Friends! The following two Christian fiction short stories by D.I. Telbat—inspired by characters and themes found in Dark Rule, Book Three in The COIL Series—remind us of the persecuted church in Somalia. Thanks for joining us.
Status Report on the Persecuted Church in Somalia -1
Report filed by: Jasper O’Shottie
Code Name: Red
Operation: Epsilon Somalia-26
I was recently included in the mission of Agent Heather Kooper as escort for her European COIL extraction team off the Somali coast. They were trekking into Ethiopia. I had to beef up the engines on my own ocean-going vessel to avoid pirates in those waters. Not only was I in their rabid waters with a modern vessel worth a pretty penny, but Koop and the boys were defying their Muslim counterparts on land by taking persecuted refugees from Somalia into Ethiopia.
Mostly, I monitored communications, avoided pirate patrols, and stood by for Koop if she needed a fast get-away. The mission didn’t go as planned for Koop, but this was my first tag-along, and I was blessed to be involved. Usually, I sit in my houseboat in Athens and coordinate ops throughout the Med. It’s a safe job, no risk, and no investment on my part. But on this mission, I became acquainted with the children of God I was able to help.
This won’t be my last tag-along; I won’t be able to resist involving myself again. I’ve never felt more useful to God or to others.
Koop or the others can fill you in on the details of their part in the mission. I was just excited to be on site.
Status Report on the Persecuted Church in Somalia -2
Report filed by: Heather Kooper
Code Name: Koop
Operation: Epsilon Somalia-26
We were dropped into Somalia via Jasper [Red] O’Shottie’s competent piloting skills through treacherous waters. Though we crossed pirates once, we easily outran them without conflict. Once on land, our mission was to escort 42 Somali Christian refugees into Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
One night, we faced-off with a band of men who had clubs and machetes. They shouted Islamic threats, vowing to kill the refugees. They dispersed when they saw my team with our weapons (though nonlethal) in the crowd’s torchlight.
Upon reaching Addis Ababa, we quickly sent the refugees to predetermined housing in various neighborhoods. However, as one pastor explained to me, the Muslims in the capital city are making violent efforts to prove that Addis Ababa is not a refuge for Christians.
Two refugee families in one neighborhood were attacked and their house burned. They escaped unharmed, but we couldn’t leave the two families in danger and there was nowhere to house them safely. We’d used up all our contacts, and our supplies were running low.
My team evacuated them back through Somalia to Red’s boat where Red proved to be very resourceful. His time in Athens proved beneficial to us. He made calls to old friends in the government, cleared both endangered families, and supplied them with temporary immigration papers.
This time, 42 lives were saved, but there are thousands more threatened daily by violence for the sake of Christ. I’m not opposed to smuggling more Somalis and Ethiopians to safety in the future, but we’ll need better housing arrangements. Ethiopia may not be the best place, anymore. If we can find housing sponsorship anywhere else for these tortured people, we’ll get back down there right away. The rest of my team shares the same sentiments.
These stories were inspired by characters in Dark Rule, COIL Book #3. Click the title link to read more about the book.
Read about REAL persecution in Somalia here by Open Doors, and here by VOM. Read the story of Brother Andrew here, founder of Open Doors and author of God’s Smuggler, and watch a short interview with him.
COMING UP: Join us next time when David Telbat shares his book review on Edges of Truth, a startling true story. (Click the link to read now.)