Monthly Archives: February 2015

Woman Held Hostage by ISIS: ‘I Have Surrendered Myself to Our Creator’

Kayla Mueller (Daily Courier )American ISIS hostage and American Kayla Mueller is dead, parents Carl and Marsha Mueller confirmed.

“Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace,” her parents said.

Mueller’s Christian faith is now in the spotlight, as her parents share a personal letter they received from Mueller’s fellow hostages. The letter, published by multiple news sources, reveals how Mueller’s faith held her during her captivity.

“I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free,” Mueller wrote. “I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another.”

She also wrote how her parents’ faith influenced her as well.

“I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else…. + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.”

Despite her death, Mueller instructs her family and friends how to handle their grief.

“Please be patient, give your pain to God. I know you would want me to remain strong. … by God’s will we will be together soon.”

Mueller was captured by ISIS in Syria in August 2013, and was the only known remaining U.S. hostage held by the Islamic State group.

U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. is seeking out Mueller’s killers.

“No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death,” he says.

For the full letter, click here.

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Untuk Kamu Yang Banyak Uang dan Doyan Makan

Jerman adalah sebuah negara industri terkemuka. Di negara seperti ini, banyak yg mengira warganya hidup foya-foya. Ketika saya tiba di Hamburg, saya bersama rekan-rekan masuk ke restoran. Kami lihat banyak meja kosong.Ada satu meja dimana sepasang anak muda sedang makan. Hanya ada 2 piring makanan dan 2 kaleng bir di meja mereka. Saya bertanya-tanya dalam hati apa hidangan yg begitu simple dapat disebut romantis dan apa si gadis akan mninggalkan si pemuda kikir tersebut? Kemudian ada lg beberapa wanita tua di meja lainnya. Ketika makanan dihidangkan, pelayan akan membagi mkanan tersebut dan mereka akan menghabiskan tiap butir makanan yg ada di piring mereka. Karena kami lapar, rekan kami pesan lebih banyak makanan. Saat selesai, tersisa kira-kira sepertiganya yang tidak dapat kami habiskan di meja. Begitu kami hendak meninggalkan restoran, wanita tua yang dari meja sebelah berbicara pada kami dalam bahasa Inggris, kami paham bahwa mereka tidak senang kami memubazirkan makanan. “Kami yang bayar kok, bukan urusan kalian berapa banyak makanan yg tersisa,” kata rekanku pada para wanita tua tersebut. Wanita-wanita itu meradang. Salah satunya segera mengeluarkan handphone dan menelpon seseorang. Sebentar kemudian seorang lelaki berseragam sekuritas sosial pun tiba. Setelah mendengar tentang sumber masalah pertengkaran, ia menerbitkan surat denda 50 Euro pada kami.

Kami semua terdiam. Petugas tersebut berkata dengan suara yang galak,
“PESANLAH HANYA YG SANGGUP ANDA MAKAN, UANG ITU MILIKMU TAPI SUMBER DAYA ALAM INI MILIK BERSAMA. ADA BANYAK ORANG LAIN DI DUNIA YANG KEKURANGAN. KALIAN TIDAK PUNYA ALASAN UNTUK MENSIA-SIAKAN SUMBER DAYA ALAM TERSEBUT.”

Pola pikir dari masyarakat di negara makmur tersebut membuat kami semua malu bener, KAMI SUNGGUH HARUS MERENUNGKAN HAL INI.
Kita sering pesan banyak dan sering berlebihan saat menjamu orang.
PELAJARAN INI MENGAJARI KITA UNTUK SERIUS MENGUBAH KEBIASAAN BURUK KITA.
“MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY.”
Jadi kawan-kawan, mari mulai mengurangi pemubaziran, karena uang memang milikmu, tapi sumber daya alam itu milik bersama.

Selamat menikmati makanan Anda.