Tomorrow You Die
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Tomorrow You Die
Author: Reona Peterson Joly
Series: International Adventures
Major Themes: Albania, Communism, Persecution
Synopsis: Reona and her friend Evelyn learned how absolutely vital a close relationship with God is when they were able to enter Albania with a tour group.
What a catchy title! The story in Tomorrow You Die is as interesting as the book sounds. A life sold out to Christ is not a boring life.
Growing up in New Zealand in the 1960s, Reona knew nothing of the sufferings of her Christian brethren in Eastern Europe until a pastor visited who had been imprisoned for his faith for a number of years. His visit prompted her to go, a few years later, to YWAM’s School of Evangelism in Europe. While there, God put a burden in her heart for Albania, the world’s first atheistic nation, which was also closed off from the rest of the world. She inquired, in 1970, about entering Albania, and was told it would be impossible. She continued to pray earnestly for that country.
Two years later, she was told there would be three tour groups entering Albania, and immediately began praying about going, and about a partner to travel with. God opened the doors for her, and in midsummer Reona and a friend, Evelyn, entered Albania. As they traveled and learned about the country, they constantly prayed and listened for God’s leading about where and when to secrete a piece of Christian literature. Then one morning, Evelyn went on with the tour group, while Reona stayed behind, sick. When Reona was called into a room for interrogation and told she would die the next day for her crimes against Albania, how would she be able to handle this pressure?
I was quite challenged, as I read this story, to listen more closely to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Without that close relationship, Reona, and later Evelyn, would have buckled under the intense questioning and this story would have had a much different ending. You will appreciate seeing the faith of these two women and the way God worked in their lives. I also enjoyed learning about the land and history of Albania. That country has a fascinating past!
Read Aloud—Ages 10 – 13, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Albania, Communism, Persecution