Two of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram are celebrating their holidays in Central Florida.
Those two and fewer than a dozen other girls escaped from Boko Haram, which kidnapped 274 teenage girls in April.
Pastor Wade Mumm, of the Greeneway Church in Hunter's Creek, got a call a few months ago about helping 18-year-olds Deborah and Sarah.
"These girls have escaped from Boko Haram. They were held captive there in Nigeria, and they were wondering if our church would sponsor them," said Mumm. "I couldn't say no."
After hopping on a plane to Orlando, Deborah and Sarah were welcomed by Mumm's family into their Davenport home for Christmas.
Now thousands of miles away, Deborah said Boko Haram is always on her mind.
"Sometimes. I am dreaming it's the Boko Haram and my parents — they are killing me again — so I just make prayer," said Deborah.
For three days, Deborah and Sarah lived in fear, until they finally took a chance and escaped.
"I told my friend, 'Me, I don't want to stay here. I will go,'" Deborah recalled. "She said, 'Don't go, Deborah. If you go, they will shoot you.'"
By running as hard as they could, the girls escaped, taking with them the memories of their kidnapping and the friends they left behind.
Deborah said she is hopeful that she will one day be able to go back and make a difference.
After their stay with the Mumm family, the girls will go to Oregon for school.
Mumm said the Greeneway Church will be sponsoring one of the girls as they continue their education.
After several threats to sell the girls into sex trafficking, it is still unclear where the majority of the other kidnapped young women are.