‘We Love Jesus!’ Iraqi Children Proclaim Love for Christ in Face of Islamic Beheading

IraqBAGHDAD, Iraq — Four Iraqi children firmly declared their love for Jesus in the face of death when Muslims in the country recently demanded that they convert to Islam.

Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, relayed the story in a recent video as he shared both about the persecution that Christians face in the country and the bravery of the children in standing up for their faith despite the consequences.

“ISIS turned up and said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammad,’” White explained. “The children, all under 15, four of them, said, ‘No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus). We have always loved Yesua. We have always followed Yesua. Yesua has always been with us.'”

The Muslims then again demanded the children to say that they will follow Mohammad.

“They said, ‘Say the words!’ [The children] said, ‘No, we can’t,” he recalled.

The men then decapitated the children.

“They chopped all their heads off,” White said, visibly moved and holding back tears.

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“How do you respond to that?” he asked. “You just cry. They are my children (being from my country). That is what we have been going through. That is what we are going through.”

During the video, White also told other stories of how Christians are being persecuted in Iraq, especially in cities like Baghdad and Nineveh. He said that matters became especially dire when ISIS, who call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, began its insurgency and drove Christians from their homes.

“[ISIS] hounded all of them out—not some—all of them,” he said. “And they killed huge numbers. They chopped their children in half. They chopped their heads off. And they moved north, and it was just so terrible what happened.”

White said that approximately 250,000 Christians remain displaced in a country where there used to be an estimated 1 million Christians and Catholics.

“[ISIS] said to one man, an adult, ‘Either you say the words of converting to Islam or we will kill all of your children,'” he remembered. “He was desperate. He said the words.”

“Then he phoned me and said, ‘…I said the words, does that mean Yasua doesn’t love me anymore? I have always loved Yasua. I said those words because I couldn’t see my children be killed,'” White recalled. “I said, ‘Eliaz, no, Jesus still loves you. He will always love you.'”

He said that Muslims have likewise sought to kill him, so he was advised by a former colleague to flee the country. White opined that it is not possible for Christians to live under the rule of ISIS.

“All of them have had to flee,” he said.

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  • career desperado

    These Islamic demons face an eternal sea of fire.

    • wandakate

      CAREER DESPERADO: They certainly aren’t going to be getting virgins and new shoes like they were told. How deceived these people are. It’s amazing how stupid they are, that they would believe the stuff they’ve been told.

  • Anita Johnston

    Tears in my eyes. Such amazing faith these children exhibited. I am confident the instant they left this life, they were in the presence of the One who died for them and who lives forevermore. Please, Lord, grant me this faith and courage if I am ever commanded to deny You.

    • Neiman

      The Bible tell us they are beneath the Altar before God, all martyrs are there and great is their reward.

    • wandakate

      ANITA JOHNSTON: The “spirit” leaves the body at death and goes back to be with the LORD for safe-keeping until JESUS returns. They were children, they did not deny their GOD, they will be with JESUS forever. He was their Yeshua which was JESUS name in Hebrew.

  • James Rankin

    Luke 23:39-43, they are in Paradise.

  • Priyanka Wilson

    Give me the courage Lord to stand for you if the time comes to me. Love you my Jesus.

    • jennylynn


  • 4everlife

    Believers in Jesus Christ: this world will be the only hell to experience on the way to life in Heaven – forever.
    Unbelievers in Jesus Christ: this world will be the only heaven to experience on the way to being in the lake of fire – forever.

  • jennylynn

    Isaiah 57:1-2
    1 The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

  • jennylynn

    Matthew 18:3
    and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Faithful, faithful children!!!

  • Cassey Collins

    As I sit here and read this, my heart is filled with sadness and tears fill my eyes. I have three small children and I pray that if I am ever faced with this situation that God will give me the strength to stand firm in what I believe in and what I have taught my children. All these innocent lives taking before their time, but they are in a much better place. I pray for their families that are left to mourn them. God help us all

  • Those children are heroes! Braver than a thousand Chuck Norris’! I wish more people in this world had that kind of LOVE for the truth.

  • Chet

    As a fellow Christian, I am in complete agreement with each response I’ve read here regarding these most barbaric acts. However, I remain utterly dismayed at the prospect that, thus far, there’s been no earthly remedy to effectively deal with these monsters. The US has the military and effective intelligence means to destroy these human devils and do it in a matter of utter shock and awe via massive usage of its forces, in concert with its allies. Yet, under current leadership they do not have the will. It appears the world must wait till the 2016 elections, when, God-willing, under new Christian and conservative leadership, right will prevai and the necessary forces will be deployed to end this madness…

    Heart sadness and unbelief at the level of barbarism effected against God’s people and others, yes, absolutely. Knowing that a man or woman in leadership, so yielded to the Lord of Heaven and Earth could make a difference, now, today, and refuses to do so, brings righteous anger. Dear Lord Jesus please crush these human Devils by any means necessary….

    • Peter

      Pls stop the hate towards a good man like President Obama
      Enough nonsense !!! Pray for these souls , president Obama does is a great man
      People that commit these acts are evil

      What r u doing if not spreading h a t e

  • Nathan Doe

    What a Load of BS. Just like the other lies before. Most lies are denunked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I9A0yZsBBE

    Lying is part of Christianity:

    ►2 Corinthians

    But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I
    caught you with guile.

    ►2 TH 2:11-12 –
    11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe
    the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but
    have delighted in wickedness.

    ►Romans 3:7

    For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his
    glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

    ►Martin Luther

    “What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the
    sake of the good and for the Christian church … a lie out of necessity, a
    useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept

    ►“you may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the
    tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you
    eat it you shall surely die.”

    Opps another Lie.

    ►Jeremiah 4:10

    You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and
    prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.

    ►Jeremiah 4:10 –
    Then I said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, how completely you have deceived this
    people and Jerusalem by saying, ‘You will have peace,’ when the sword is at our

    ►JE 8:8 –
    “‘How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the
    LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?

  • Rafael

    Proverbs 8

    35 For whoever finds me finds life
    and obtains favor from the Lord,
    36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;
    all who hate me love death.”

  • Alexander Tchaikovsky

    The Caliph is the Anti-Christ…Revelation 20
    4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw
    the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for
    the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his
    image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.