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A Tribute to Kayla Mueller, a Light in the Dark


It’s at the forefront of international news, and for good reason. For too long, this volatile militant faction has been chipping away at the peace and stability of this world. Rooted in a message that conveys violence and hate, ISIS appeals to the weak and turns it’s battle cry on the strong. And with its net cast so very wide, it’s no wonder every major news outlet in the world has it’s eyes on ISIS.

So what’s it doing as a discussion point on PI?

Well, to be honest, we’re more interested in calling your attention to the light that has shone through all this darkness than the darkness itself. That light’s name is Kayla Mueller, and through her the global community has had the privilege to witness unfaltering faith and the profound strength of the human spirit.

If you aren’t familiar with Kayla’s story, the Arizona native was working with Doctors Without Borders to provide much needed care for refugees along the Turkey-Syria border when she was captured by ISIS in 2013.

Now—already, Kayla’s dedication to others in need travels well beyond the scope of admirable, but her role was scripted to become so much greater.

Kayla is no longer with us, a fact that has been confirmed by several credible sources. And while we could tell you all about her courage, her compassion and a kind of wisdom that is so rare as to be precious, we think this letter, written by Kayla during her captivity, says it all:

“Everyone, if you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released. I have asked them to contact you +send you this letter.

It’s hard to know what to say.

Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness.

I wanted to write you all a well thought out letter (but I didn’t know if my cell mates would be leaving in the coming days or the coming months restricting my time but primarily) I could only but write the letter a paragraph at a time, just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears.

If you could say I have “suffered” at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through; I will never ask you to forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness.

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.

I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. 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…

I miss you all as if it has been a decade of forced separation. I have had many a long hour to think, to think of all the things I will do w/ Lex, our first family camping trip, the first meeting @ the airport.

I have had many hours to think how only in your absence have I finally @ 25 years old come to realize your place in my life.

The gift that is each one of you + the person I could + could not be if you were not a part of my life, my family, my support.

I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time. This should never have become your burden.

I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice. If you have not done so already, [REDACTED] can contact [REDACTED] who may have a certain level of experience with these people.

None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me.

I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes.

I wrote a song some months ago that says “The part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed, w/out your hope there would be nothing left…” aka ­ the thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength.

Please be patient, give your pain to God.

I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing.

Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God’s will we will be together soon.

All my everything,


In light of Kayla’s death, we are both honored and heartbroken to be sharing this letter with you today. Her words are a testament to the triumph of good over evil, and while her passing is a great loss, her letter exudes the kind of spirit that will, in time, break ISIS.

So please, pass this letter on, because with each pair of eyes it’s influence will grow stronger. We also ask that you pray for Kayla’s family and friends in this trying time. The world is grieving, but Kayla’s light hasn’t gone out.

You can check out the full article here. And to view a touching tribute to Kayla by Joel of for KING AND COUNTRY, click here.


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  1. mollymusic

    Posted by mollymusic on February 12, 2015 at 01:53

    Wow… what an amazing woman to have had that spirit and attitude in such a horrible circumstance.