Christian Adventure Story
Sudan – Free-Fall to Danger
by D.I. Telbat
“We’re ten minutes outside the Marra Mountains!” U.S. Air Force Captain Dewey yelled. The roar of the C-130 cargo plane engines nearly drowned out his voice. He flashed ten fingers at the two passengers.
“Thanks!” Nathan “Eagle Eyes” Isaacson hollered back with a nod. Nathan was a tall ex-Marine with bushy, angled eyebrows. Moving behind his partner, Juan “Scooter” Blanco, Nathan checked his parachute. “You ready? Could get messy down there!”
Scooter, a short, muscled Mexican, held up his NL-3 rifle.
“What kind of gun is that?” Co-pilot Dewey stepped closer. “Never seen one like that before.”
“Tranquilizer pellets!” Scooter yelled. “Nothing lethal.”
“Tranquilizers? In Sudan? What branch of the military are you boys?”
Nathan and Scooter exchanged a glance, as they continued to check their gear.
“Are we over the Marra Mountains yet?” Nathan asked.
“A few minutes still. The red light will go on when we’re two minutes out. Green is jump.”
Nathan and Scooter looked at each other again and smiled. Green is jump? If it wasn’t, then they’d been jumping out of planes for years on the wrong signal!
“Thanks, Captain. We’ve got it from here.” Nathan huddled with Scooter on the floor, their heads together, their gear strapped and ready. They prayed for nearly a minute, the noise too loud for Dewey to hear their words. The red light suddenly beamed and Nathan tapped Scooter on the shoulder. The cargo bay ramp cracked open, then widened slowly. “Let’s do this!”
“Hey,” Captain Dewey pressed, “who are you guys?”
“Servants of Jesus Christ,” Scooter said.
The light turned green, and Scooter jumped into the darkness over Sudan.
“Anything more than that, you never saw us, Captain. Thanks for the ride!”
Then Nathan dove out the door behind his friend.
Inspired by characters and themes in The COIL Series.
COMING UP: We find Nathan and Scooter again, as D.I. Telbat uses this mission as an example in his Author Reflections, “Getting the Most out of Your Spiritual Investment.” And next week, we read a debriefing report by Scooter on a mission that Bruno was involved with, “Debriefing/Report on the Persecuted Church in Eritrea.”