Posted by Ali Husnain on 29 April 2016

When I was a young boy growing up in Pakistan, I was surrounded by every comfort for which anyone could ask. I belonged to a prominent Shia Muslim family and everything ahead of me looked golden.

I had no doubt that my family loved me, and I knew that there were great things in store for me as a leader in our community, especially if I could strive to just be a good Muslim. I loved my community and everything it taught me.

But everything changed when I met Jesus.

First it was a vision. Then came the dream. He spoke to me, promised me that He had more in store for my life. In time I came to discover that there are things about Him that answered questions about life that I just couldn’t find an answer for in Islam.

This did not go down well in Pakistan. I found myself on a terrorist hit list. I was stabbed and left for dead. I was chased out of town then tracked down wherever I hid. My aunt was killed because of me. A fatwa was issued, declaring that any person could kill me without fear of punishment. Eventually I fled the country and came to England.

There is no Disney ending to the story of Muslims becoming Christians. There is always a cost. My story is complicated and messy and I struggled for a long time to come to terms with the loss of religious, cultural and family identity. But the cost is always worth it. Always.

And that is why I am planning to return to Pakistan.

Christians are called to show love to everyone (John 12:32 - "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.") I want to tell the people I grew up among – and who tried to kill me – that Christians are not to be feared. I want to share with them the love of Jesus. As evidence of that love, I plan to open a medical facility to help take care of the poor – something both Islam and Christianity ask us to do.

It is through that facility that I want to share what Christ has done in my life. I will no doubt be in constant danger for sharing my beliefs in a country that deems Christianity heresy. However, it is worth it to me to share what I have experienced with people who may be hurting and searching for something more in their lives.

Ali Husnain is the author of The Cost; My Life On A Terrorist Hit List, published by Zondervan

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