It’s been said that British Columbia doesn’t truly get beautiful until you reach the town of Smithers, a mere 17-hour drive north of Vancouver! Which happens to be on Wet’suwet’en territory. If you weren’t planning on driving there anytime soon, we got you covered! Crystal Lavallee, First Peoples Voices producer, is thrilled to share a story with you about the First Nation community of Witset and a small piece of their history.
Pastor Saeed Pakniat grew up in a religious Muslim home in Iran following Shia Muslim customs and traditions. As a young man, he started to question some of the rules and teachings of his religion which eventually led him to explore the life and teachings of Jesus. After receiving Christ into his heart, he was tortured and eventually he and his family were forced to flee to Turkey, and eventually Canada. Now he pastors 3 Iranian churches (Toronto, New Market, and Montreal) and has an online ministry that reaches Iranians in many countries.