Christian children from Mosul, Iraq, who fled with their families from violence in their country, found safety in Jordan—unlike the brave young martyrs in Iraq who refused to renounce Jesus even at the point of a sword. (Reuters)
Some of the bravest martyrs this generation may ever know are teenagers—and perhaps even younger.
When Islamic State militants threatened four children in Iraq—all under the age of 15—with death if they did not promise to follow Islam’s “prophet” Muhammad, they defiantly stated, “No. We love Yasua (Jesus). We have always followed Yasua.”
Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” has seen violence and persecution against Christians unprecedented in recent decades. In a CBN News video embedded on this site, he recounts the story of the Iraqi Christian children who were told by ISIS militants to convert to Islam or be beheaded.
“ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Muhammad,'” White says on the video.
“The children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘No, we love Yasua. We have always loved Yasua. We have always followed Yasua. (This spelling is similar to the Hebrew name, Yeshua, which is translated “Jesus” in English and Spanish.) Yasua has always been with us,'” White recounted. “[The militants] said, ‘Say the words!’ [The children] said, ‘No, we can’t do that.’
Written by Mark Andrews
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