At 12 years old you feel adventurous and curious and independent. You feel unstoppable. You feel invincible. You don’t worry about the things that many young children and girls have experienced at the hands of ISIS.
The Safe House we are partnering to operate in Kurdistan, Iraq has continued to grow over the past 4 months as women and girls released from ISIS oppression find their way to our doorstep. Many were stolen from their homes and taken into ISIS hands as soldiers took control of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The following story is the testimony from one of these women who was captured at 12 years old. Names have been changed for her safety.
Marwa was taken from her village and enslaved with her twin sister and mother. At just 12 years old, Marwa devised a plan to make herself unattractive and undesirable by chopping off her hair to escape sexual slavery, yet it was this effort that brought upon soldier’s defamation. Repeatedly, she was sold between ISIS soldiers who forced her into hard physical labor. Often, these men would starve Marwa, making her work excruciating jobs with little or nothing to eat. For three years she endured brutal conditions while men demeaned her self worth. She was told she was ugly, worthless and that no one wanted her – and that no one ever would.
I imagine God’s heart breaking as the enemy attempted to devalue His masterpiece.
Marwa eventually escaped ISIS slavery when ISIS was finally removed from Mosul and Raqqa. When she was taken to northern Iraq, she decided to stay at the Safe House while her sister and mother journeyed home.
When she arrived, Marwa’s hair was infested with lice. Embarrassment kept her from sharing this issue with the Safe House staff members. Through the gentleness of the staff, the lice were treated, but more came from the tedious procedure than just clean hair. One of the staff members explained how Marwa began to open up about her story while she was treating the lice. Years of lies began to surface from Marwa’s abuse and her captors injustices were brought into the light. There, they were slowly processed through with the truth of the Gospel.
As believers, we are called to operate through Christ’s authority, which goes beyond all the power of the enemy. Each staff member at the Safe House is equipped with this truth and applies it through counseling, skills training and a loving environment to replace the lies of the enemy with God’s love for these girls.
It has been truly inspiring to watch the Lord mend these women back together in community, strength and health. Marwa has rediscovered her passion for jewelry, fashion and art through the program at the Safe House and is on her way to a healthy new life.
Please join us as we see through the good works God started in these ladies long ago. World Compassion is sharing the opportunity to sponsor a woman for $750 (£555) a month, which provides food, clothing, housing, skills training, counseling and a loving place to heal the deep wounds that ISIS left. If you feel led to partner with us in sponsoring, please do not let the sponsorship amount keep you from this blessing. We are accepting gifts of any amount for this project.
1 Peter 5:10
“In his kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”
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