In a harrowing interview with the Orthodox Christian Network, [Canon Andrew White] said ISIS had killed ‘huge numbers’ of believers in Jesus.
‘Islamic State turned up and said to the children, “you say the words that you will follow Mohammad”’, he said, his voice cracking with emotion.
‘The children, all under 15, four of them, said “no, we love Yesua; we have always loved Yesua; we have always followed Yesua; Yesua has always been with us”.
‘They [ISIS] said, “Say the words.” They [the children] said, “No, we can’t”.
‘They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry.
‘They are my children. That is what we have been going through and that is what we are going through.’
I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God…. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again…. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything. But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly: Come to the Father.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Their bravery is astounding and I pray that they may bring others to Christ.
- Their passion for Christ will be the light that draws others to Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16).