Family Credits God After Missing Girl Found Alive

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Eleven-year-old Nadia Bloom was found alive in swamp lands near Orlando, Tuesday, and her family is giving credit to God.

Bloom suffers from a mild form of autism and had been missing for almost five days, but her family's church helped locate her.

"I never believed in miracles, but I sure do now," Winter Springs Police Chief said.

Bloom went missing Friday, April 9, near a Florida swamp infested with alligators. Yet search crews from her church found the girl alive and carried her out Tuesday morning.

Police said Bloom is in good shape, but was dehydrated, hungry and covered in mosquito bites.

Rescuers had to carry her out of the swamp water by chopping down bushes because the swamp is too dense for a helicopter.

The police chief complimented the rescue crews for fighting through the swampy terrain that ranged from six feet of water to five feet of mud.

A pastor from the Metro Church, where Bloom attends with her family, said volunteer rescue worker James King found Bloom after praying to God, and God worked a miracle.

"The Lord put it in his spirit to go out this morning at daybreak and asked the Lord to direct his paths. He saidm 'Lord, we need to find this girl today, and I need you to make my paths straight like your Word says.' And eventually, he finds her in the middle of a swampy area," Worship Pastor Bret Testerman said.

"People do see God's hand in it," he said. "These things very often do not turn out well. We were praying, we were optimistic, and put our faith in God, and it's amazing."

Winter Springs officials did not ask for help from volunteers in the search, but King, and close to 100 others from the church decided to search anyway.

The church is holding a celebratory worship service tonight, and there's definitely a lot to thank God for.

Police believe Bloom may have been inspired to go wandering in the woods by a story she read in an "American Girl" book.

The book talks about an explorer who goes out in the wilderness to track wildlife.

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