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Iraqi Pastor Miraculously Survives Car Bomb

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jul 05
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An Iraqi pastor who miraculously survived a car bomb explosion in 2010 credits God with saving him, and says that God still has work for him to do.

CBN News reports that Pastor Joseph sensed that something was amiss the morning of the car bomb explosion. He got into his car and started the vehicle as usual, but seconds later the vehicle erupted into flames as the bomb detonated.

"I was totally confused, and I couldn't see anymore," the pastor recalled from that horrific experience.

He also remembered a woman screaming, “This man is dying!”

And indeed, Pastor Joseph thought he was about the die, but God had other plans.

"Each part of my car was destroyed and damaged, except for my seat." Pastor Joseph remembered. "I had no scratches. The car was in flames, but I wasn't burned. I found pieces of glass in my hair and four parts of the bomb in the scarf I had around my neck. As if a scarf could stop a bomb. Nothing touched me, I lost not even a drop of blood."

The pastor knows it was God who allowed him to survive, and he believes God did so because He still had work for him to do.

"God gave me additional time. He put his stamp on my ministry, He said 'Go on.' God encouraged me that day."

Pastor Joseph has been encouraged to witness so many Muslims turning to Christ despite the threats they face.

"We have new blood, born again new believers,” he said. "We like to be like a Menorah," he added. "We're a small group, we trust in our God. He can use us. We see that everyone is seeking peace, love, and hope. We as a church are sharing about the ultimate source of these things. When they hear us talking about this, they listen."


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Publication date: July 5, 2017