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Today it’s deserted and the springs are dry. Disaster, disaster, disaster today . . we are witnessing a disaster. Misery, misery, misery. Read those words again, read them carefully and slowly, and let the pain of each of them seep deep down into your bones. Muster every ounce of empathy inside of you as you read them again and imagine you’re hearing your own child singing these awful words. Don’t simply read, but feel them with all the feeling you have inside of you: Our water spring has been ruined by ISIS.

For the next eighteen months, Kayla’s family received occasional communication that she was alive. Then, on February 10, 2015, Kayla’s grieving family released a statement confirming their daughter had been executed. In the last letter they received, Kayla wrote, “I remember Mom always telling me that all in all, in the end, the only one you really have is God. ” It is with Kayla’s concluding words that I start this book: “I have a lot of fight left inside of me. I am not breaking down and I will not give in no matter how long it takes.

He was a faithful Christian pastor who hadn’t a vein of violence in his body. But what he did have was love for those he’d served for so long—a love that waged on despite the hatred encompassing his city. There once were many pastors like him in Syria. That country’s Christian communities had thrived since Paul himself preached in Damascus after his conversion on the road to that ancient city. In fact, it was in Syria that the word “Christian” was first used at all. Within the Middle East, Syria was once as famous for its two million Christians as it was for anything else.

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