I received this picture and story by way of email this past week. I don't know if it's recent or old, but believe it timely for the Christmas season because of its message of hope and peace. The picture and story are being sent around the world by James Gates, U.S. Navy. His words follow below:
"John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents [Iraq] intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head . . .but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.
He is the real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.
This, my friends, is worth sharing with the WORLD! Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, bu the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time."
James Gates, U. S. Navy