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Friday, July 17, 2015

And a little child shall lead them.


From AINA:
Fearless Faith of a Child 
Late last year, the world was amazed to hear Maryam tell a Sat 7 reporter she forgives ISIS.
Reporter Essam Nagy asked Maryam, "What are your feelings towards those who drove you out of your home and caused you hardships?
Maryam responded, "I won't do anything to them, I will only ask God to forgive them."
CBN's Gary Lane recently caught up with the 11-year-old and her younger sister Zomorod as they returned from school. Their family recently moved into a small, two bedroom trailer in a community of displaced Christians in Erbil.
So, why is Maryam unafraid of ISIS, and why does she forgive the jihadists who drove her from her home in Qaraqoush?
"In the Bible Jesus said to us, 'Don't be afraid, I am with you.' And also, He said forgive others no matter who they are hating you. You have to forgive them," she said. "Jesus is my father, and He is my creator. I have no one else better than him. When ISIS drove us out of our home, His hand was on us and He saved us."
Future Dreams
When Maryam grows up she wants to join Doctors Without Borders.
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Maryam advised Christian children in the United States and elsewhere to love God and share their faith with friends.

"They don't need to be frightened and also, things that happen in their lives, they should learn from us and our lives," she said.

"This should not be to get something or to get glory for ourselves," she continued. "It is for the sake of God because God lives and we want to do everything for the glory of God and also for exalting God in our lives."
http://www.aina.org/news/20150717040453.htm

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