Khalid was one of the more than 78 Christians killed in the suicide bombings at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan on Sept. 22, 2013. A portion of Kahlid's story was included in VOM's January newsletter. More of his story is below, as recounted to VOM workers by Khalid's wife, Shakeela Bibi:
Khalid had been sick and bedridden for several weeks. He was very weak and had lost a lot of weight. Khalid had strong faith in Jesus Christ, though. He was always praying to be healed. Many times, he called pastors for prayer meetings for his healing. My children and I would also fast and pray for Khalid to become healthy again.
After one and a half months, Khalid began to recuperate. It was a miracle. He was finally able to leave his bed if he walked slowly. He was putting on weight once again; a sign of improving health. Khalid always told me, “Shakeela, when I am healed, I will go to church to give thanks to the Lord!”
On Sept. 21, 2013, Khalid was looking better. His face was shining and looking beautiful. He looked like a healthy man again. I was also very happy that now God had blessed him with good health. That evening, Khalid said, “Shakeela, now I am fine and healthy. Tomorrow is Sunday, so I will go to church to give thanks to the Lord.” I said, “Yes, this is good, and you also promised the Lord that after healing you would go to church.”
On Sept. 22, Khalid woke up early in the morning. He gathered his clothes to iron them. I said, “Give them to me. I will iron your clothes.”
Khalid said, “No, Shakeela, let me iron them myself. God gave me health, so I will get ready for him by myself.” I smiled and told him, “Go ahead and get ready for church.”
After Khalid was ready to go, our younger son said, “Papa, I will go with you.” But Khalid reminded him, “Dear son, you have promised your auntie to go to her home. So, go there and I will come there after the prayer service.”
At 11:45 a.m., I was informed by people in the street that there was bomb blast at the church. My children and I ran to the church. We searched for Khalid everywhere. Somebody told us that Khalid was injured and that people had taken him to the hospital. At the hospital, we learned that Khalid died on the way there.
Though no words from others could bring peace or patience to me, the Bible has words for my peace. The Lord gave peace and patience to my children and me.
We wondered, “If God wanted Khalid’s martyrdom, then why did he heal Khalid?”
God watched over Khalid during his illness. Khalid had a strong faith in the Lord, and he was faithful to the Lord. He always asked the Lord for his healing without losing faith that it would happen.
The Bible says, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev 2:10)
Khalid never lost faith in the Lord, so the Lord gave him the crown of life.
If Khalid had died as a result of the illness, then he could not be a martyr. Nobody would remember him except for his family members. But now, Khalid is a martyr and the whole world will remember him. It is a witness for the whole world that Khalid is a martyr for the Lord.
Khalid’s martyrdom was for the Lord’s glory.
If you missed it, read the story of another of the All Saints Church martyrs, Saba Pervez, in yesterday's blog post. VOM provides help and support to the families of martyrs, like Shakeela Bibi, through the Families of Martyrs Fund. We invite you to make a gift online to support those like Shakeela Bibi who have lost a family member because of their witness for Christ.