American Killed Battling ISIS Motivated by Faith

An American fighting along-side Kurdish forces against the Islamic State in Syria has been killed, the State Department confirmed Wednesday.

Keith Broomfield, from central Massachusetts, died in battle June 3 near the Syrian border town of Kobani. He is likely the first U.S. citizen to die while fighting ISIS.

The 36-year-old leaves behind family and friends who say he was motivated by his faith in God and are relying on that faith through this loss.

“He just had this idea in his head to fight against them for the persecution of Christians and that’s what he did,” Westminster Police Chief Salvatore Albert said.

In a text-message exchange posted by his sister on her Facebook page, the late Broomfield wrote, “I’m gonna do what I got to do.”

“Sometimes you got to be a man whether you want to or not,” he said. “I don’t expect anyone to understand, but I don’t need anyone to either.”

Diane Leger is a former neighbor of the Broomfield family.

“I know they’re a real Christian family,” she said. “So I’m sure they’re going to rely heavily on their faith to get through that.”

A Modern Day Holocaust?

A modern-day Holocaust is unfolding

Apr. 20, 2015 – 1:52 – There’s been another purported mass killing of Christians in the Middle East. It’s only a matter of time before the Islamic extremist savages target American churches.

It is reported that ISIS has released a video showing the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Todd Starnes at Fox News warns we could be seeing “the beginning of a modern day Holocaust”.

In this latest horror unfolding in the Middle East it is hard to feel anything but anger and a desire for revenge, retribution an eye for an eye. What if the very thing that is meant for evil, is used for by God for good?¬† I had heard several years ago of missionaries, surrounded by secrecy, being trained to go into Muslim nations to share the gospel. With no expectation of returning, martyrs of a different kind. As I watched the video below I was reminded of those who have probably already given their lives to share the Good News. A perspective I have not considered, If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:25