WATCH: 10-Year-Old Willie Myrick on His Growing Faith and How a Gospel Song Set Him Free from a Kidnapper

Willie Myrick and Hezekiah Walker (Photo: 11Alive News)
Willie Myrick and Hezekiah Walker
(Photo: 11Alive News)

When 10-year-old Willie Myrick was kidnapped from his front yard in Atlanta in April, a song is what set him free.

Willie’s faith and quick thinking in singing a gospel song has now led to a worldwide testimony about God’s power to deliver.

Willie, who was born to atheist parents, was raised by his godmother Codetta Bateman.

She often took him to church where he learned about God and developed a passion for the Bible.

Growing in Faith
CBN News recently spoke with Willie about his bravery and faith.

“Well my pastor, he talks about different scriptures and we’re on Genesis 31 now. But he tells us a little stuff about him and he goes over it every Sunday,” he said.

Bateman, who has raised Willie since he was 3 years old, said she’s seen his faith blossom over the years.

“Faith is important to this house and believing in God is important,” she said.

“I said, ‘In this house we go to church.’ He knows God. He knows Jesus,” she added.

Bible Study over Playtime
While most kids his age are busy playing video games, Willie spends his free time studying the word of God.

When asked to share his favorite scripture he responded, “Well I love all of them but one is Psalms, Psalms 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

And when asked who his best-friend is, he said, “I always think that God is with me everywhere I go. Like, when I’m in bed he has a chair, he just watches and when I’m in the car he’s just on the other side.”

CBN News got a taste of Willie’s love for memorizing the books of the Bible. He recited the listing of Old Testament books during our time with him.

“Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Dueteronomy…,” he happily shared.

Little did he know that his childlike faith would be put to the test that day in April.

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