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"When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers.

'" After the eight were beheaded, their headless bodies were hung on crosses.

"They kept on praying loudly and sharing Jesus until their last breath," the director said.

Islamic State militants in Syria heinously tortured and killed a 12-year-old boy, along with 11 indigenous Christian missionaries, after they refused to leave their homeland or renounce Christ.

According to the Virginia-based Christian Aid Mission, a group that has been in contact with the slain missionaries' director, all 12 victims were captured on Aug. Three weeks later, IS militants questioned the captives about whether they converted from Islam when they became Christians, an offense that is punishable by death under the Islamic State's twisted legal code.

Throughout their abuse, the women continuously prayed.

When the eight victims were forced to kneel for their beheadings, all eight prayed loudly.

A group of four, which included the 41-year-old team leader, his 12-year-old son and two other ministry workers, were taken to one village for questioning.

On the same day, the other eight captives were questioned in another village.

The Christian captives were honest and admitted that they were once Muslims.

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