Kayla Mueller was 25 years old when she was captured by ISIS in 2013.
Kayla was an Aid Worker, helping Syrian refugees.
She was held with several other young girls:
most were Yazidi captives.
In 2014 some young girls escaped
and they spoke of the bravery of Kayla.
These girls, including Kayla,had been given as reward
to ISIS fighters for their victories.
In the 2 months the escapees spent with Kayla,
they reported they she tried to protect them from abuse,
often putting herself in greater danger by doing so.
The other captive girls came to care for Kayla as a mother figure.
When these girls escaped,
Kayla could have easily went with them to safety,
but she refused to go.
Kayla feared that her foreign appearance
Kayla Mueller died in 2015
in an American airstrike against ISIS
Prior to her death, she did write a letter to her family
that the escapees were able to smuggle out for her.
In this letter it is clear that God gave her strength and courage
to endure the suffering and torture.
... 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.
I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful.
I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another…
It is hard to understand how God could allow such suffering,
Especially for one with such faith.
But that is an outsiders view.
God put a calling on her heart to be in that place at that time
She did tremendous good in those 1.5 years,
to an extent we will never know.