Leaving Everything Behind: Amos
The Voice of the Martyrs helps Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes by radical Muslim fighters. Eleven-year-old Amos and his family escaped ISIS fighters by flying to Jordan and settling there.
Amos’ mom tells what life was like when ISIS came to their city. “We got in the car and tried to leave, but there were so many cars and people in the street that we got stuck there,” she said. “ISIS was in the street in front of us waving their victory flag. God protected us, and we found a way out. Three times that day God kept us safe.”
Now there are 12 people living in a house in Jordan with the family. Two are children: Amos and his 15-year-old disabled brother Mark.
Amos told what happened when they first left their home in Iraq. “I was very worried and cried a lot. There was no food and no clothes. We left our home with nothing, only the clothes we were wearing. A pastor gave us a shelter made from something not very strong and some food and plates and utensils. They gave us cheese and bread for breakfast.
“Then we came to Jordan. My life is good here. I go to church every Sunday. I am very happy at the [Christian] school. I feel safe, and my mother and father can walk safely in the street because there is no ISIS.
“I like sports and listening to stories — especially stories from the Bible. I like to sew. I help my mother sew when she is tired from taking care of my brother. My mother takes sewing classes at the church. She can earn money from the sewing.”
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