“When someone asks me why I remain with my family in Baghdad, I tell them this story”… -Pastor Joseph

Sarah Cunningham : Oct 10, 2017 : God Reports

[God Reports] The pastor had just left his home, hopping into his car, turning the keys in the ignition, and pushing the accelerator as he had so many times before. Only this time, as he began the familiar journey toward his church, he sensed something was different. (Photo credit: Open Doors/via God Reports)

Immediately an explosion ripped through the car, violently shaking the vehicle and—at the same time—engulfing it in flames.

“I was totally confused, and I couldn’t see anymore,” Pastor Joseph recounts.

Though disoriented, temporarily blinded, and in shock, he could hear a woman’s hysterical voice piercing his ears. “This man is dying!” she screamed.

This is it, Pastor Joseph thought. I’m dying.

But then his sight returned in time for him to see the wreckage engulfed in flames. Against all odds, Pastor Joseph was able to exit the conflagration.

“Each part of my car was destroyed and damaged, except for my seat.” Pastor Joseph described. “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…

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