(CNSNews.com) – A Los-Angeles based social media group is using YouTube to give a voice to the victims of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and counter its jihadist message with the Christian message of redemption.
The Nine: Overcoming ISIS – the latest video produced by Mighty.LA in conjunction with the mission group More International- features testimony by nine Iraqi Christians who were part of more than a half million people who fled from their homes and businesses in Mosul after the ISIS invasion on June 9, 2014.
“We left everything behind and fled,” one woman recounts.
“During this time I was very scared, because it was a life or death situation,” another Christian refugee says. ”Because 20 days earlier, I had seen dead bodies in the street. Bodies that were burned or beheaded. I thought that I would end up like them.”
But dying was “better than abandoning my religion to become Muslim,” said a Christian man, his voice cracking with emotion.
“We are now carrying the cross. And following Jesus,” one of the nine added.
“You feel joy when you are being persecuted for Christ…I tell myself that I’m not even worthy to be persecuted for Christ,” his fellow refugee says.
“They are people just like me, but Satan controls them… In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray their minds and their hearts would change,” another Iraqi Christian says.
“Each of them had a heartbreaking story to share, but each of them also testify to how good God is through it all. Their faith had grown stronger and they are filled with joy,” the creator of the videos told CNSNews.com.
“God is showing He is close to the broken-hearted and considers the persecuted precious,” he added. “All of heaven is cheering them on.”
The group’s first video, Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? was released in April on YouTube in response to an ISIS video depticing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February.
That video, subtitled A Letter From the People of the Cross to ISIS, does not sugar-coat the atrocities committed against Christians by members of ISIS: “Your apocalyptic dreams and spectacular sins are now awakening the Middle East… For every throat you slit and every woman you rape, For every man you burn and every child you turn to dust, There is blood on your hands, brother.
“You die for your god but our God died for us,” the video continues. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They can be washed white as snow. Though you call yourselves servants, He will make you into Sons….
“The people of the cross gathers at your gate with a message. Love is coming after you… From the cedars of Lebanon to the silk road of the East, an army comes. With no tanks or soldiers. But an army of martyrs faithful until death. Carrying a message of life.”