Pakistani Christian miraculously survives a Taliban attack which affected almost 300 either dead or injured. Junaid Saqib continued to work on behalf of religious minorities, but now has found refuge in Lakeland, Florida. The father of two is believed to be high on the Pakistani Taliban kill list because he’s a well-known figure in the country due to his Christian advocacy work through his organization, Pakistan Minority Rights Commission (PMRC).
A retired couple from Lakeland, Florida assures they have heard from the Lord to take in a persecuted Christian from Pakistan. Faithwire reports that death threats and the constant fear of persecution are just two things Junaid Saqib was forced to think about everyday while he was living in Pakistan and working on behalf of religious minorities like himself.
In 2013, a suicide bombing affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a Peshawar, Pakistani Catholic church, killed 11 of Saqib’s relatives and roughly 290 others were left dead or with significant injuries.
Saqib, 33, could have been one of them. But he lucked out because he arrived 10 minutes after the attack. But according to retiree Jim Plumb, Saqib’s days alive in Pakistan were and still are numbered. If the religious minority advocate was not in Florida right now, “he wouldn’t be on this planet,” Plumb said. The father of two is believed to be high on the Pakistani Taliban kill list because he’s a well-known figure in the country due to his Christian advocacy work through his organization, Pakistan Minority Rights Commission (PMRC).
Now thanks to Jim and Jan Plumb, Saqib can feel safer 12,000 miles away from the danger that loomed every single day. The Plumb’s said that God called them to take Saqib in after speaking with Reverend Ralph Rutledg, a missionary based in Canada. When asked, Jan Plumb recalled, “We just opened our hearts and the Lord said, ‘Do it,’ and here we are now.”
Since arriving in March of this year, Saqib has relied heavily on his faith. It’s been tough because he’s in an unfamiliar area and far away from his family. “I’m praying to God that God gives me the wisdom to make decisions, and also…guidance from them [the Plumbs] because I don’t know anybody here, so they are like my parents.”