God placed missionary worker David Eubank in the right place at the right time on June 2 in Mosul, Iraq.
Eubank — a man hailed as a hero after rescuing a little girl from ISIS — told LifeZette the circumstances surrounding the rescue mission in Mosul were a miracle. Just the month before, on May 18, ISIS had shot Eubank.
“Just the fact that we were in Iraq is a miracle,” Eubank, 56, told LifeZette in a phone conversation Friday. “We had no plan to be there. We had no ability to be there, and God opened those doors just to be there.”
A former Special Forces operative, Eubank now runs a humanitarian aid organization called Free Burma Rangers, which recently helped rescue Iraqis escape war-torn areas of their country. He and his wife founded the organization 20 years ago.
A widely shared video shows Eubank risking his life to save an Iraqi girl trapped among slain bodies in Mosul.
“ISIS shot hundreds of rounds at us,” Eubank said. Americans dropped smoke and Iraqi soldiers gave the team a tank to use. “Bullets hit the tank constantly,” he said.
Eubank left Mosul about 10 days ago and is currently in the United States for a short time, he shared on “The Laura Ingraham Show” on Friday.
“We saw ISIS killing civilians” in Iraq, said Eubank in explaining the story of the rescue to LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham.
At the beginning of June in Mosul, “I saw about 70 bodies ISIS had killed … I looked across those bodies and up against a retaining wall, I saw movement … I prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, help. How do we help these people?'” Eubank said on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
Eubank, risking his life, headed into the line of fire.
With the help of the American and Iraqi forces and a lot of prayer, Eubank and his team were able to rescue the child, along with others in Mosul. The little girl was not shot; however, ISIS killed her mom, dad, and siblings.
“She’s in good hands right now,” and for the first time since her rescue, she even smiled, Eubank said.
“General Mustafa — the Iraqi general that we work with there — is going to adopt her if they can’t find any living relatives,” Eubank said.
“We saw miracle after miracle,” he added. In total, his team was able to rescue nine people in that Mosul mission.
“I just prayed this way: ‘In Jesus’ name, ISIS, step back. Satan and your demons, step back. And open the way, Lord, so that we can go help these people,'” Eubank said.
Eubank has carried out two other rescue missions similar to this one.
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Growing up in Thailand as a missionary kid, Eubank came to know Jesus when he was seven years old. Eubank and his wife raised their children — now aged 16, 14 and 11 — overseas. His kids have “grown up in the jungles of Burma,” he said. His wife home-schools the children while the family does missionary work, mainly in Burma, Iraq and Syria. The family comes back to the United States once every year or two for a few months’ time.
“The Iraqi army is doing a really good, and costly, job of driving out ISIS. Many of my friends have died … but [the Iraqis] are slowly eliminating ISIS,” Eubank said.
The American military forces have been effective as well, he said.
“We should praise our military and our leadership back in D.C. that’s allowed the military to do what they need to do,” Eubank added.