Nadia Bloom was released from a Florida hospital Monday, almost one week after being rescued from an alligator infested swamp.
The 11-year-old girl spent four days lost until a fellow church member of Covenant Community Church in Sanford, James King, found her. King spoke with CBN News about all the attention the story is getting and how he has given God the glory every step of the way.
"I went in at daybreak and went almost right to her," King said. "It was a huge swamp. Very dangerous. I am still recovering from poison ivy.
Helicopters, dogs and divers scoured the woods of Winter Springs for three days in search of Bloom. But there was no success until day four, when King ventured into the swamp on his own.
He was praying the entire time and said it was God who led him to Nadia, in thick brush and waist deep water -- a half mile from home.
"Sir, you're in contact with her," said the 911 operator
"I am holding her right now. She is ok," King told the operator.
"Hi, this is Nadia and I am the girl that got lost," Bloom told the operator.
He called 911 with Bloom in his arms, two hours after entering the woods.
"Once I got into the swamp, and I was looking for direction, He made something real clear in there and that was he did want to show me by circumstance, He wanted to actually speak to me," King said. "And it was a still small voice and He lead me in different cases telling me 'Yes, go this way. Don't go that way.'"
Men with machettes raced to clear a path to reach them.
There was applause when they finally emerged with Bloom on a stretcher. She was dehydrated and bug bitten, but otherwise unharmed.
Many have called the rescue a miracle and King a hero. But King said there is an unfortunate and unexpected chapter to this lost-and-found story.
"The most amazing thing were the people that had so many suspicious about the circumstances and the legitimacy of what happened," he said. "That was a bit surprising. I was not expecting that at all."
But he is expecting to build a new, lasting friendship between his family and Bloom's family. And together they will point to the true hero in this story.
"The One who rescued me is the real hero," King said. "The One who rose from the dead. The biggest miracle of all. And it was just Him leading me."
Jeff Dixon, Bloom's pastor, visited her in the hospital. He said Nadia told him while she was lost, she kept reciting the Bible verse Proverbs 3:5 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."