Greetings, Reader Friends. This is David Telbat with the first in a new Special Forces Christian Series called “Walk of Faith Pt I.” What is your walk of faith like? Who is it for?
This short series features a man named Bruce Rayle who witnesses Christian persecution as he travels the world. How does this affect Bruce? How would it affect you and me? My walk of faith today should impact my life with Christ every day.
There have been times in my Christian life when news of the persecuted has numbed me, and I haven’t known how to respond. Other times, I’ve witnessed the persecuted in their suffering, and my own spiritual stamina is challenged by their peaceful fortitude. Would I endure as they endure? Am I so close to Christ that I would feel His peace above the torment?
I believe this dramatic series with Special Forces Christian Bruce Rayle will not only shed light on how the persecuted endure, but we’ll also be touched by their witness. Each story of persecution develops the concept further, until we are softened by the fact that our own faith-walk means something wonderful to our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not about us.
The following fiction short story is a challenge for us to remember the persecuted of Uganda, in Faith Walk Part I.
Faith Walk in Uganda, Part I
by D.I. Telbat
Bruce Rayle knelt next to a cot on the dusty ground of a city in Uganda. The cot before him was the first of twenty-four in two rows under a tent canopy. He smelled burnt flesh and chemicals, which was no wonder since the victims on the cots appeared to be burned.
“You may hold her hand, sir,” a thin woman said in English that had a hint of a British accent. Using a stethoscope, she examined a child on the next cot. “No one else will come for her.”
Bruce’s hand trembled as he reached out and took the unconscious woman’s hand. With his other hand, he unclipped his backpack and let it slide to the ground. He needed a break from walking through East Africa, anyway.
“So many women and children! Was there a fire?”
“These are not burns from flames.” The doctor moved a few cots away to a moaning child, then turned to look at Bruce. “These were held down and burned with acid because they are Christians. You see four families here. You are American?”
“Then you believe in religious freedom, yes?”
“Here, it can be a death sentence to be a Christian. Or they take your face, your identity, like these.” The doctor looked to her left and right, then leaned closer. “Pray for them.”
Bruce slowly took up his pack and watched the doctor work for another few minutes. But because Bruce was also a Christian, he didn’t just watch. He prayed for the persecuted Christians in Uganda.
End of Walk of Faith Pt I
Author’s note: This really happens in Uganda and other places around the world. Some acid victims are sent to Israel for reconstructive surgery, but many victims die. Click this link to read more about Uganda.
You can read other challenges by David Telbat in his Special Forces Christians Series.
Watch for more faith-walk stories in the weeks to come as Special Forces Christian Bruce Rayle continues to travel around the world.
COMING UP: Join us next time as Bruce Rayle continues his Faith Walk in Vietnam, Pt2.