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Friday, 16 May 2014

The Corrie Ten Boom Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

Corrie ten Boom and her family repair broken clocks and watches. But as the evil of World War II sweeps through their city, a new kind of “watch” comes to their care: an innocent Jewish baby, desperately needing protection from the cruelty of the Nazi invaders. How will the ten Booms keep this baby and many others out of harm’s way, and what will be the cost of serving God amidst unthinkable evils? When faith is tested, hope is tried, and love is strained, will Corrie’s God prevail? This gripping episode of the Torchlighters is an amazing story of courage, sacrifice, and forgiveness.
The Corrie ten Boom Story Features
  • English and Spanish languages with optional English and Spanish subtitles?
  • Corrie ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated, a 55-minute documentary
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + extras
Christian History Institute

The William Tyndale Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

Living as a hunted fugitive has its challenges. King Henry VIII has ordered his bounty hunters to track William Tyndale down and William can almost feel them closing in.
William Tyndale’s calling is to right a great wrong. Church and government authorities have made it illegal to read, write or even speak the sacred Scriptures in English. The most important book ever written is being kept from all but the most educated and powerful people of the day. Sensing that God’s Word is for all people, William defies the authorities and begins the difficult and dangerous work of translating the Old and New Testaments.
This episode of Torchlighters follows William’s adventures as he works in secret to complete his task. Friends and allies will help him along, but enemies may be lurking behind any corner. Children will be challenged by the story of how William risks his life to bring God’s word to England. When they see the sacrifice William is willing to make so that others may read the Bible, their appreciation for the Scriptures will increase.
The William Tyndale Story Features
  • Arabic, Cantonese, English, Gutaraji, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles.
  • Stimulating interview with Dr. David Daniell, Tyndale scholar.
  • Fascinating interview with actor Russell Boulter, voice of Tyndale.
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide with background information, timeline of the period, additional resources, and more.
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more.
  • Interactive children’s quiz.
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + extras
Christian History Institute

The John Bunyan Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

John Bunyan is a hard-working family man. As a tinker, he goes from town to town, mending pots and pans for all who will pay. He’s put aside the pranks of youth and his rough days as a soldier and is trying hard to live a good clean life. No cursing, no fighting and no stealing! But despite all his efforts, John can’t free himself from a heavy burden of guilt. Fear of eternal damnation haunts him day and night. Finally, a chance meeting helps John to understand that he must hand his sin over to the One who can carry the load. Once he’s free of the burden of guilt, John is like a new man. Nothing can stop him from sharing the good news of salvation with others. Before long, this uneducated tinker is preaching to crowds that are hungry for solid spiritual food.
There’s just one problem. Preaching outside of the official church is illegal in England in 1660. When the authorities learn of the tinker-preacher and the large crowds coming to hear him, they draw up the necessary papers and send their officers to do the dirty work. If Bunyan preaches even one sentence, he will be arrested and thrown into prison. With his wife, his children and his congregation watching, John Bunyan steps to the pulpit. With a glance toward the waiting officers and their arrest warrant, Bunyan takes a deep breath and begins his sermon. He would rather follow his calling and suffer the consequences than cower in fear as a free man.
Once in prison, John’s ministry continues in a new way. The man with little education and much personal grief uncovers a distinct talent for writing. After completing several non-fiction books, John begins the most important work of his life. The Pilgrim’s Progress follows the struggle of a Christian pilgrim to stay true to his beliefs, avoid temptations, and remain on the narrow path to reach heaven. Published in 1678, this book’s description of Christianity as a journey containing both highs and lows has impacted countless millions of people. After the Bible, it has been the most circulated Christian work of all time. John Bunyan’s life was filled with challenges and victories. No matter what his circumstances, this torchlighter followed God to the fullest. Like the main character in his book, Bunyan used all his gifts and resources to press on through thick and thin. His message still rings true today.
The John Bunyan Story Features
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Gujarati with optional English subtitles.
  • Documentary with a visit to the John Bunyan Museum.
  • Reproducible study guides.
  • The Pilgrim's Progress board game in PDF.
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + 40 mins extras
Christian History Institute

The Eric Liddell Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

Eric Liddell is fast. In fact he is the fastest runner in all of Scotland, winning race after race. This national hero with an easy smile has captured the country’s heart, and they can’t wait to see him take on the world in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric’s coach is training him hard for his very best event, the 100-meter sprint, in which he is expected to win a gold medal. Eric has got talent, fame, and a bright future as a star athlete. But Eric has something else that is even more important to him: Faith.
Eric’s goals go beyond winning local or national races. They go beyond even the International Olympics. Eric’s main goal is to serve and follow God, no matter what the cost. One day he hopes to become a missionary to China where he lived for his early years and where his parents still serve. Eric will not let anything or anyone come between him and God.
When Eric and his coach learn of his acceptance into the Olympics, a conflict is quickly noticed. The time trials for Eric’s race are on a Sunday. Eric’s desire to keep the Sabbath holy means he does not race on Sundays. He has always kept the Lord’s Day for worship and rest, and he is not going to change just for the Olympics! The people of Scotland are outraged. The golden boy falls quickly out of favor, as their hopes for Olympic gold are dashed. No matter how the public pressure mounts, Eric will not compromise his principles.
Finally a solution is found. The Olympic committee agrees to allow Eric to compete in two other events, which do not take place on a Sunday: the 200-meter and the 400-meter races. Though he faces tough competition and is somewhat out of his league, Eric surprises the world with a gold medal win and new world record in the 400 and a Bronze in the 200. Eric returns as a national hero! Following the Olympics, Eric’s fame spreads. He uses his many speaking engagements to share his faith, while living the life of a celebrity.
But, in 1925 Eric leaves all that behind to return to China as a missionary. Eric and his wife serve for the better part of 20 years. When the horrors of World War II reach them, they continue to follow God. While his wife cares for their children, Eric faces danger to rescue and help the wounded, sharing his faith all the while. Eric continues to bear a strong witness even as he is marched off to a concentration camp for “enemy nationals.” Eric Liddell is known around the world as a man of conviction. His athletic achievements gained him recognition for his day, but his choice to put God first has made him a hero for all time.
The Eric Liddell Story Features
  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles.
  • Full-length documentary, featuring interviews with Liddell's daughters.
  • Reproducible study material.
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + 60 mins extras
Christian History Institute

The Jim Elliot Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

In 1956, news from the steamy jungles of Ecuador spread rapidly around the world. Five young American men had been mercilessly killed by members of the Auca (Woadani) tribe — the very same people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. That seemingly senseless tragedy has become an inspirational marvel as family members of those young men have now befriended that very same tribe!
This is the story of one of the brave torchlighters who lost his life that fateful day. Jim Elliot spent his youth preparing to share the Gospel with those who’d never heard it. But nothing could have prepared him for the dangers and challenges he would face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the friendliest gestures from outsiders.
Would Jim and his fellow missionaries ever be able to break down the hostile barriers and carry a torch of faith to these people who are determined to attack all outsiders? In this episode of Torchlighters we follow Jim’s adventures in faith from his college years to his work in the jungles, to the legacy he and his fellow missionaries left behind.
The Jim Elliot Story Features
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Gujarati with optional English subtitles.
  • Interview with Steve Saint, son of Elliot’s fellow martyr Nate Saint.
  • Autobiography of Marj Saint Van Der Puys, Nate's wife.
  • Comprehensive leader's guide in pdf.
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + 83 mins extras
Christian History Institute

The Richard Wurmbrand Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

It’s a dangerous time to be a Christian in World War II Romania. The Russian Communists are in power, and like the Nazis before them, they are persecuting Christians. Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s church continues meeting secretly, as Richard ministers to his congregation and works to spread the Gospel whenever possible.
But the Communist authorities are scheming. They call a public meeting of the church leaders, offering “protection” to those who will voice support for the government. If they can get the leaders to profess allegiance, they know the rest of the people will be much more manageable. One after another Christian leaders take the stage and give speeches to show their support for the Communists — in return they will enjoy relative safety. When Pastor Wurmbrand is called to the podium, he must decide what to do. With his wife’s urging, Richard throws down the gauntlet. He makes a public declaration of his faith and refuses to support the Communists, thereby placing his entire family in danger.
As events unfold, Richard is soon kidnapped by the secret police. Over the next 8 years, they try to break him with every technique in the book, but he will not bend. Not only does Richard hold steadfast to the faith, he serves as a pastor to others in prison. Meanwhile, his family also suffers, but walks on in faith.
After Richard is finally released, he is overjoyed to discover the underground church still gathering for worship and encouraging one another. Richard went on to use his experience to help people around the world understand how Christians and others were being treated behind the iron curtain. His work continues today through the organization he founded, The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).
The Richard Wurmbrand Story Features
  • English and Spanish languages with optional English, Spanish and Romanian subtitles.
  • Full-length documentary, including interviews with the Wurmbrand's son Mihai and Voice of the Martyrs director Tom White.
  • Reproducible leader's guide and student material.
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + 80 mins extras
Christian History Institute

The Gladys Aylward Story

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD series

Gladys Aylward may be small, but she serves a Big God! She’s seen Him lead through countless trials and challenges. But now, after eight years of service in China, Gladys is facing a crucial decision. Her village is under attack by the Japanese and the children in her care are in danger. Desperate to get the one hundred children out of harm’s way, the wounded Gladys awakens them in the night and begins a one hundred mile journey to safety. She is the only adult. There is no vehicle and no pack animal. They must carry what they need. It is a journey that can only be attempted with God at the lead.
As expected, the physical and emotional challenges of such a journey prove to be immense. Gladys must struggle through her own hunger, fatigue, injury, and illness in order to help the children persevere over the mountain. All the while they know enemy soldiers could attack. When they tire of singing songs, Gladys urges the children along with stories of God — sharing the many ways He has worked throughout her life.
Just when Gladys has given her all and seems unable to face one more roadblock, we find the tables have turned. The children whom she has protected, nourished, and led now offer hope back to her. They have learned well from their beloved role model and now remind her that God is still God and He will see them through. And indeed, He does.
Gladys Aylward’s faith and courage are strong examples for us. As a young Christian, Gladys faced immense obstacles. She had few means, was a poor student, and was told she should not become a missionary. Yet, Gladys decided that if God asked her to do something, she would do it. No barriers or roadblocks would stop her, as she trusted in His plan and provision. The road was often uncertain and difficult, but Gladys persevered with her Savior by her side. The small woman with a big God left a legacy of faith in her adopted land of China. Her story encourages each of us to follow as God leads and trust in His provision.
The Gladys Aylward Story Features
  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles.
  • Original, full-length documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys' adopted son Clifford Liu.
  • Comprehensive leaders guide.
  • Student guide and online activities.
Ages: 8-12
Approximately running time: 30 minutes + extras
Christian History Institute

A Birthday for Caleb by Brenda Weaver

Children aren't born with good manners. Home is where manners are first taught and practiced. In this story, Caleb learns that it is fun to share with others on his birthday. “Manners are homemade, and we want to make good ones at our house,” Mama often says. Caleb tries, but he doesn’t always remember his manners. In this book he learns the joy of sharing his fourth birthday with his big brothers, the rest of his family, and his elderly neighbors.
This is the first in a series of five books for preschoolers portraying courteous speech and behavior through the lives of Caleb and his family. Simple but expressive watercolor illustrations make Caleb an appealing little boy for children to learn along with as he practices his homemade manners in everyday situations.

Reading level: Read to 3-4 years
28 pages
Size: 153 x 210mm
Christian Light Publications
Bible Version: none