One of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Libya last year asked his wife to teach "the principles of Jesus Christ" to their children, a humanitarian lawyer who met with the victims' families revealed.
Atty. Jacqueline Isaac, the vice president of humanitarian group Roads of Success, appeared at the House Foreign Affairs Committee's hearing on ISIS and religious minorities on May 13, 2015. The lawyer, who met with the families of 15 victims in Egypt, told Congress that one of the executed men told his wife to teach their children about Jesus Christ if he did not return alive from Libya, the Catholic News Service reports.
Isaac told the committee the horrific stories of ISIS victims and presented documents and witnesses to them. It is worth noting that no major news outlets were present to cover the hearing.
At one point, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) asked Atty. Isaac about the faith of the young people who have become orphans because of ISIS' genocidal actions in the Middle East. The humanitarian lawyer said she was "astonished" by the faith of the young individuals.
"As a fellow Christian, I thought, how would I be if I were in this situation today? Meeting the fathers that said to me, 'Thank God that today [my sons] they are in Heaven. Thank God.'" Isaac told Smith. "A wife, talking to me about how her husband had said, 'I am going to Libya and I will be in danger. But if I don't make it, teach my children, teach them the principles of Jesus Christ.'"
Atty. Isaac added that she has witnessed how Christians across Iraq have stood strong and have helped care for displaced Yazidis. Although they themselves are struggling, they still give their all to people who are in need.
In August last year, ISIS militants attacked a certain village near Aleppo, Syria and told Christians to renounce their faith and turn to Islam but they refused to do so. The militants summoned a crowd and gathered two ministry members, and a team leader and his 12-year-old son, Charisma News reported.
A ministry director said the ISIS militants badly beat and crucified the four people including the boy. They left them on the cross for two days and prohibited anyone from taking them down. Beside them were signs identifying them as "infidels." The terrorists also beheaded eight ministry team members including two women, who were publicly raped before being executed.