In a truly inspiring interview Thursday with Fox News' Heather Childers, former U.S. Special Forces operative David Eubank shared how God gave him the strength to save an Iraqi girl while under fire from Islamic State terrorists. He recalled a verse from the Bible that helped him find the courage he needed.
"Iraqi forces battle the last ISIS fighters in Mosul, hundreds of people in Iraq's second largest city remain without food, without water, with many of those families who can't get out of the city trying to survive shooting and shelling," Childers explained.
"One aid worker risk[ed] his life in heavy sniper fire, to rescue a little girl," Childers said. "And the man who made that dramatic rescue is David Eubank. He's a former U.S. Special Forces operative turned aid worker."
"So take us back to that moment," she asked, "this was a 5-year-old or 6-year-old little girl?"
"Yes, ma'am," Eubank answered, "that was on June the 2nd. But before that, we'd seen ISIS steadily killing more and more people. And June the 1st was about a hundred people tried to cross that road and got shot. I found at least 70 bodies.
"And we thought they were all dead," he continued, "but on the morning of June the 2nd we saw there was still living, back up against the wall where ISIS couldn't shoot them, and so we prayed, 'God help us! How do we help these people?'"
"And you've said it was a Bible verse that actually made you able to run into that gunfire," Childers asked.
"Yes, ma'am," he replied, "and that's John 15:13, 'greater love hath no man than this — that he lay down his life for his friends.' And I thought that little girl could be my girl."
"And so I prayed," he continued, "the Americans and the Iraqis worked together, the Americans dropped smoke right in front of us, the Iraqis gave us a tank. And my team, a guy from Burma named 'Monkey' who did the filming, Sky, and Ephram, and a man from Syria who's a translator ran behind. And when we got to that point, it looked like you were gonna die — crossing that tank out in the open.
"But I thought, 'If I die right now, my wife and kids will understand it's for the love of that girl.' And that's why I did it," he concluded.
Eubank explained that his family was in Iraq with him to help with families dealing with the war.
"This is what we feel God has for us," he said, "the best we can give our kids. My kids feel like it's useful. We try to keep them out of the direct fighting. But if a family's there, we can be there, because we're all worth the same amount to God, which is everything."
Eubank said the little girl was doing much better, despite the horrific trauma of having had to hide from the Islamic State while clutching to her dead mother for two days. Eubank said his wife and another Iraqi family took care of the child for a few weeks after she was rescued.
The video of Eubank's inspiring heroics went immediately viral on social media. Eubank provides updates from his missions at his social media account at @DaveEubankFBR.
Heavy fire from #ISIS continuing in West #Mosul. Civilians trapped and 70+ already dead. Continuing to pray for their rescue and protection.— David Eubank (@David Eubank)1496500023.0