Shared lunch today with this remarkable man,Salman Hassan, an Iraqi kurd who converted from Islam to follow Jesus Christ.
On the 10th June 2014 the Islamic state attacked Mosul, which had become a city of refuge for Christians fleeing Islamic persecution. He remembers that around 6am Mortars began to fall in his area. Previously the Christian leaders in the city had advised everyone to remain in the city. As he heard the sound of machine gun fire and shouting, he decided it was best to flee. he joined 6 others in a car who had decided to leave also.
They sped off out of the city. Salman had only the clothes he was wearing, some cash and his mobile phone. As they reached open countryside the were stopped at a checkpoint and asked for their papers. Unfortunately this was not the Kurdish Peshmerga but a group of Islamic state fighters who had flanked the city.
Salman was ordered out of the car and robbed of his phone, his sunglasses and his cash. Then they decided to kill him. He was hit in the head with the butt of a gun and a pistol held to his head. at this point his phone rang. A relative was ringing to warn him to flee the city because Daesh were coming. The Isis fighter answered to tell them, that he had already been captured.
At this point they were about to push him in a ditch and shoot him. They paused for a moment, in the distance behind them they saw two blue armoured humvees side by side approaching at speed.
They pushed Salman and the other guy back into the vehicle and attempted to squeeze in with them. The driver had been wise, he had left the engine running the whole time, he put it into first and hit the gas hard. The door wasn’t shut and the Isis fighter fell out. The seven of them sped of as fast as they could. As they looked out the rear window, they were amazed to see the Humvees had disappeared. The Muslims in the car turned to Salman and said, “Your God has saved us”.
Salman currently lives in the Czech Republic and visits Iraq once a month to distribute aid and bring the good news of Jesus.