Kayla Mueller Refused to Deny Christ Despite Being Raped and Tortured by ISIS, Ex-Hostage Says
ICC Note: Kayla Mueller was captured by the Islamic State in 2014 in Syria. While in captivity, the 26-year-old American refused to deny her faith in Jesus despite her being repeatedly raped and tortured by her captors. Suffering a fate many would consider worse than death, Mueller remained strong in her faith and in her dedication to others during her time of captivity. She was reported dead in February of 2015. Now those who were held captive with her are telling the stories of her inspiring spirit and courage in the midst of hell on earth.
09/14/2016 Syria (Christian Post): Four former hostages who were held by the Islamic State terror group at an abandoned oil refinery in Syria in 2014 have revealed that Kayla Mueller, the Christian aid worker who was slain in IS captivity last year, refused to deny Jesus Christ despite being repeatedly raped and tortured.
Frida Saide of Sweden and Patricia Chavez of Peru and Belgium, who were held alongside 26-year-old Mueller in the oil refinery, said that despite what Mueller was forced to suffer through, she remained steadfast in her Christian faith, The Associated Press reports.
Chavez noted that Mueller acted like a big sister to the other captured girls, looking to keep up their spirits despite the grim situation they were in.
“They would scream at her and they would, you know, blame her for everything that America has done in the world,” Saide said, according to AP.
“She was amazing. She was a really strong girl,” Chavez said.
Mueller’s family in Arizona received news of her death in February 2015, after IS sent photos of her dead body in a white burial shroud, supposedly as a sign of respect. The humanitarian worker is believed to have been married off to a top IS official during her captivity.
The jihadist group claimed that Mueller, who was captured in 2013 after leaving a hospital in Syria, had been killed during a Jordanian airstrike on one of its targets.
Muller’s strong Christian faith was evident in her letters to her family, where she explained that faith gave her courage.
“I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else … + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall,” she wrote in one of her letters.
Other former sex slaves who escaped IS captivity have also said that Mueller put others before herself, and at one point even refused the chance to escape with the other girls, because she thought her American appearance could put the others in danger