Please join Barnabas Fund in mourning
the loss of William Siraj on Sunday 30
January. Not only had William been a
faithful follower of the Lord Jesus all
his life but also his death came in the
midst of serving his beloved Lord and,
furthermore, he was singled out for
death because of that service.
William was the eldest brother
of Wilson Saraj, Barnabas Fund’s
Regional Coordinator for Pakistan and
several other South Asian countries.
On the day of his martyrdom
William, a lay pastor, had been
preaching at a church in Gulbahar
district, near Peshawar. William had
gone to this church every Sunday
since its founding more than ten years
ago, amongst a community of poor,
uneducated Christians, mostly doing
low-paid, dirty jobs. At first he led
services single-handed, and then, as
the congregation grew, in collaboration
with Pastor Patrick Naeem.
The two pastors were driving home
together after the service when gunmen
on a motorcycle fired through the car
window at them. William was killed, but
Patrick was unharmed, a bullet passing
through his clothes.