A Pakistani businessman who believes that God has tasked him to help protect and inspire his fellow Christians has set out to build one of the world’s tallest crosses in one of the most surprising places. Parvez Henry Gill, 58, says that everything changed when God appeared to him in a dream four years ago and told him to find a way to protect Pakistani Christians. After praying intensely, he came to a conclusion: he would construct a massive, 140-foot “bulletproof” cross. “I said, ‘I am going to build a big cross, higher than any in the world, in a Muslim country,’” Gill told the Washington Post.

“It will be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free. … I want Christian people to see it and decide to stay here.” It’s a bold move considering that the city of Karachi — where the cross will be erected in front of a Christian cemetery — has had its share of problems when it comes to the targeting and harassment of Christians. But it’s because of these struggles that Gill, a successful real estate executive, wants to create a massive symbol that he believes will inspire Christians who have been under fire by extremists in recent years. FULL REPORT