Pastor Helps Rescue Girl: ‘God literally led us’ to Her

ChurchLeaders | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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A pastor who helped to rescue an eight-year-old girl kidnapped in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday says that he is no hero, but that God did use him. He believes that, after several hours of searching, God led him and his friend to the hotel where the girl’s assailant was keeping her.

“God literally led us to this place. It was not on my itinerary, we were not trying to go there, we just drove by. It was divine intervention, 100 percent,” said Pastor Jeff King, according to The Christian Post.

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Salem Sabatka was on a walk with her mother in Forest Hill, a suburb of Fort Worth, when Michael Webb, 51, drove up next to them in a gray sedan and pulled Salem into the car. The mom attempted to rescue Salem by jumping into the car after her, but Webb pushed the mother out. A neighbor’s doorbell camera recorded the incident. In the footage, you can see the car driving away and hear Salem’s mother running down the street, calling, “Help me! Help me please! My daughter just got kidnapped!”

The call came in to the police at 6:37 p.m. At one point during the search (which lasted roughly eight hours), officers visually inspected the hotel room where Webb was keeping Salem, but didn’t find her at that time. Meanwhile, the residents of Forest Hill were proactive about posting on social media and communicating with one another about what happened so that Salem could be found.

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King was at home with his wife when a friend texted him that the daughter of a mutual friend of theirs had just been kidnapped. King told Good Morning America that he sprang into action at that point for two reasons. The first is that, “We’re supposed to work as a community, we’re supposed to love...
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