The Heroic Story of Kayla Mueller

You must hear the true story Kayla Mueller to show you how love and courage prevails in the face of evil. This story may shock you. It will also humble you and open your eyes to the atrocities committed by the Islamic State (ISIS). Kayla Mueller is a courageous American hero who stood on principles. Kayla was a twenty-six year old humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona. She gave her life to helping others. We must never forget her.

Kayla was helping Syrian refugees in southern Turkey. On August 4, 2013, ISIS captured her on her way to a Spanish Doctors Without Borders. The hospital is in Aleppo, northwest Syria. Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi enslaved and imprisoned her. Baghdadi calls himself Caliph Ibrahim, self-proclaimed successor to the Prophet Muhammad.

A True Hero, Kayla Mueller
A True Hero, Kayla Mueller

Early 2014, ISIS held Kayla along with other Western captives at a prison camp at Uqayrishah. It’s near Raqqa in north central Syria. Before Delta Force could rescue them, they relocated them to separate locations.

Four girls were held together. Kayla, another American humanitarian worker, a fourteen year old Yazidi girl and her sister. ISIS has enslaved about 3,500 Yazidi women and children into sex slavery. ISIS militants kept all four girls in a room and would repeatedly abuse them. Abu Baghdadi wanted to make an example of Kayla. He’d take her to his room, rape her, and tell the other girls what monstrous things he did to her.

Kayla’s compassion and love for others is what drove her. She couldn’t abandon or endanger her sisters. She turned down an opportunity to escape. Her fellow American captive was in no condition to escape and Kayla couldn’t leave her behind.

The two Yazidi sisters were about to make their escape but Kayla refused to join them. She feared that her appearance would put them in danger. Her mother instinct was to protect her sisters by putting their lives before her own.

ISIS wanted to make an example of her and break her through abuse. The strength of her heart was unbreakable. “I am not breaking down and I will not give in no matter how long it takes.” Kayla’s character is incredible. “I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.” It takes a lot of courage to remain positive under horrific circumstances.

The horror she endured was no match for the love in her heart for others. “If I have suffered at all, it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through. I will never ask you to forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness.”

ISIS announced Kayla’s death on Feb. 6. Kayla was twenty-six when she was executed by heartless monsters. ISIS blamed her death on a Jordanian airstrike. They provided her family photographs of her corpse a few days later.

Kayla Mueller was a hero in every sense of the word. Her courage and sacrifice for her fellow human beings will remain in our hearts forever.

“I pray each each day you have felt a certain closeness and surrender to God and have formed a bond of love and support amongst one another.”

Let’s honor Kayla’s memory by uniting and loving one another. The love and hope in her heart emanates from her immense faith in God. We can learn a lot from her faith.

How much longer will we deny that evil exists and turn a blind eye to human suffering?

It’s time to wake up! We must do something to help our brothers and sisters who face death at the hands of the Islamic State.

Life is not a fairy tale. The Islamic extremists our slaughtering Christians and those whose who don’t convert. They’ve also enslaved thousands of women and children. We must confront evil and call it by it’s name.

While we are comfortable and silent, evil is flourishing. Comfort breeds illusion and lies. Truth and facts are more powerful than opinion.

Our own government denies the connection of the terrorist groups with Islam. They also refuse to give the Christians who face death asylum on our soil.

Here’s what we can do help our brothers and sisters who face death:

  • Spread the word and bring awareness to all Americans.
  • Raise millions of dollars to save these families and bring them to our shores.
  • Donate to the Nazarene Fund: http://now.mercuryone.org/

Will you stand united against evil to help our brothers and sisters who face death?

————————————————-

Sources:

Time, ISIS Leader’s Rape of American Woman Sparks Little Outrage

http://time.com/4001808/isis-mueller-rape/

Foreign Policy, Exclusive: American Hostage Passed on Chance to Escape

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/22/exclusive-american-hostage-passed-on-chance-to-escape-kayla-mueller-abu-sayyaf-delta-force/

The Christian Science Monitor, Why Kayla Mueller, raped repeatedly by ISIS leader, refused to escape

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2015/0815/Why-Kayla-Mueller-raped-repeatedly-by-ISIS-leader-refused-to-escape

NY Times, With Proof From ISIS of Her Death, Family Honors Kayla Mueller

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/world/middleeast/parents-of-kayla-mueller-isis-hostage-confirm-she-is-dead.html?_r=0

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

7 Inspirational Quotes with Soul Power

Let these quotes dig deep into your soul to release your potential to see clearly in our darkest of days:

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

-Michael Jordan

Expect the unexpected!  Not everybody has the same dreams or goals in life.  We are all wired differently with unique traits to combat the weaknesses.

Expect greatness in Self and nothing can stop us!

Art is Resistance
Creative Commons by drift2012

We must decide if we want to pursue material wealth or make a difference in this world.

When we choose to make a difference, the byproduct of that decision makes us millionaires.

People will be quick at the draw to label you, keep the faith in your abilities to flourish.

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

-Bill Copeland

Growing up , I felt uneasy in my own shell and it has been a challenge battling the fear of the unknown.  My fears have restrained me far too long.

The reward is far greater when we embrace the uncomfortable as motivation to defeat the fear.

When I ignore the swarming negative thoughts, I’m at ease in my own shell.  It’s exhilarating!

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t let hardships bring you down, plant seeds of passion and enthusiasm to grow into magnificent works of art and make the world a better place.

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”

-Christopher Reeve

We cannot surf or live a meaningful life without swimming with the sharks.  The real magic happens when we take some risk in life.

Always playing it safe, closes us off from the many opportunities to experience life first-hand in all it’s glory, including all the challenges.

The rough road may be the more difficult path to navigate through but it will make the journey all that more worth it when we reach our destination.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

-Helen Keller

To live a meaningful life that benefits others, we must search deep within are hearts and souls to become attuned with our surroundings and attitudes to focus on the most beautiful things in this world.

The key to unlocking this beauty is to live with heart through our actions.

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

-Aristotle Onassis

To focus in our darkest moments and see the light takes a lot of effort and courage.

When I’m lost in the daily grind with hardships around every corner, my mind wants to work against me and shut me down but I never give up the fight.

I keep my head up and move forward.  God is with me strengthening my heart and spirit, so I cannot fail.

“When asked, ‘How do you write?’

I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’”

-Stephen King

Writing one word after another is the only way to accomplish our writing goals.

When we make our writing projects seem larger than life, it complicates the writing process, eliminating the creativity behind the art of words instead of creating something spectacular.

Let’s keep it simple, one word at a time!

Are you living your dreams?  Does pursuing your passion chill you to bone with excitement?

Express your Heart and Soul in the comments.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Wisdom of the Day: Go with the Flow

When something goes wrong throughout the day or does not go as planned, think of it as an adventure, go with the flow.

Life is much more pleasant when you accept the unplanned events which occur and make the best of it.

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff and stress over something that you have no control over.

If you’re stuck in traffic turn on the music and enjoy it.

If you get lost driving in a new area, take that opportunity to explore, see and experience new things.

If you’re late to the movies, go to a later showing, while waiting grab a cold beer and enjoy some conversation.

Nothing in life is worth stressing over; you’re not going to die happy by stressing too much.  Stressing out is only a mindset; it’s not worth the energy and negative thoughts.

Worrying about what time it is shouldn’t take precedence over having a good time, enjoying every moment.

Planning is many times no fun and sometimes necessary but when you are trying to relax and enjoy a day off from work or the weekend out on the town planning is unnecessary because when you plan something, stress is ready to rear its ugly head.

It is fun and exciting to do things spur of the moment; the opportunities become endless.

Time is always on your side, if you let it.  Priceless moments love to present themselves during times of spontaneity, uncertainty; unplanned events are there to be embraced, not taken for granted.

Next time you’re feeling stressed and disappointed with certain circumstances that you have no control over, embrace the change of events as a new experience to enjoy with the people around you.

Get out there, relax, go with the flow and have the time of your life! 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail