Pasadena, Texas, siblings Phoenix Walywyn, 8, and her 7-year-old brother, Kingston Walwyn, were tired of being bullied on the bus home from school.
"It made me feel like I wanted to yell at him," Phoenix told news station KHOU.
"I wanted to say [something] back to him," Kingston added.
They resisted the urge to confront the bully and instead told their mom. She spoke with administrators who immediately changed seating assignments on the bus, keeping the bully and the Walywns away from each other, and for a while that worked.
Recently the bully started back with the name-calling.
"I sat back and was like, I don't want to have to take my shirt off and meet [the bully] at the bus stop, you know what I mean?" the children's dad, Vaughaliagan Walwyn, who preaches at CT Legacy Church, told the news station. "So, I prayed about it and God said, 'You know what? Let's get this kid a Bible. Tell him Jesus loves him and invite him to church and see what happens.' "
The kids tried it, and it worked.
"We gave it to [the bully], and two minutes later, when it was almost his stop to get off, he just said, 'Thank you and [I'm] sorry for all the bad stuff [I] did to you,'" Phoenix said.
Their father couldn't believe it.
"I was like, 'Really?' " Walwyn told KHOU. "So that kind of caught me off guard that it worked that fast."
The Walwyn children aren't spending any energy trying to sort out how it worked; they're just happy that it did.
"I don't know, maybe [the bully] started to read the Bible at his house and found the Scripture about it," Phoenix told the news station.
Read more at KHOU.