The following letter to the editor recently appeared in the Jonesboro Sun. Jonesboro ACT for America chapter leader, Robert Norvell, wrote the letter – Burkasrugly
In 2014 ISIS conquered Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, and began a reign of terror. Hoping to initiate the Caliphate and to install their own strict version of Sharia law, they killed thousands of Kurds, Christians, Yazidis and yes, even Muslims. People were crucified, beheaded,stoned and lashed for the supposed crimes of listening to pop music, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and for women not covering every square inch of their bodies in heavy black cloth. Children (as young as eight), girls and women, and men were executed by these mad dogs of destruction.
In November of 2016 a coalition of Muslims, Christians and Yazidis began the effort to liberate Mosul from the ISIS fanatics. It took eight long months of hard fighting to liberate the city by July, 2017. A miracle occurred in January of that year. Franklin Graham’s non-denominational charity Samaritan’s Purse opened a state of the art field hospital ten miles from the front lines of the battle. It was staffed by over 250 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals all of whom volunteered without pay to serve. The field hospital performed 12 to 15 major surgeries per day and bandaged and tended dozens of lesser wounds each day.
The name Samaritan’s Purse comes from the Parable of the Good Samaritan found only in the Gospel of Luke. This magnificent teaching of Jesus can be found in Luke 10:25-37.
And here is the miracle part: all of the wounded, Yazidi, Christian, Muslim and even ISIS terrorists were tended with the same loving care.
Where ISIS sowed cruelty, Samaritan’s Purse sowed compassion. Thus, by their actions the Samaritan’s Purse people fulfilled the Sermon on the Mount admonition “to love your enemies”. The Golden Rule of Christianity rose triumphant over hatred, brutality and murder of ISIS,
From the killing fields of Mosul to the flood ravaged city of Houston Samaritan’s Purse humbly goes about its work of Christian compassion.
To learn more about this superb Christian charity, you may wish to google “Samaritan’s Purse”.