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Torchlighter Series: Children’s DVDs About Heroes of the Faith

February 26, 2008

Within the past year, we have purchased or received all four of the current Torchlighter Series DVDs.  Each DVD features a hero of the faith.  At the moment they include William Tyndale, Eric Liddell, Jim Elliot and John Bunyan, but two more DVDs are expected to debut this year featuring Gladys Aylward and Richard Wurmbrand.

While these materials are recommended for ages 8 – 12, my daughter began watching them at the age of 5 and loved them.  They are honest, but not graphic, in their portrayal of what happened to these Christians as they followed God’s call on their lives and faithfully served Him.  Better yet, there are free student and leader guides with craft ideas, worksheets, discussion questions, coloring pages, etc. on the web site, making this material easily usable in children’s curriculum at church or a Christian school.

According to the Torchlighters’ site, a torchlighter is: 

One who commits to serving God and passing on the light of the Gospel, even when the going gets tough. You, too, can be a torchlighter!

What are the heroes depicted known for?  Courageous faith!  William Tyndale translated the bible into English when it was illegal to do so, and he suffered greatly for it. 

Eric Liddell, featured in the movie Chariots of Fire, refused to run an Olympic race on a Sunday and faced ridicule.  Later, he spent time separated from his wife and children as he faithfully served the people of China, telling them about the Lord in the midst of war. 

Jim Elliot was martyred along with four others as he shared the Gospel with the Auca Indians in Ecuador.  Today, many of the same Auca who attacked his group are now Christians. 

John Bunyan was imprisoned for refusing to stop preaching the Word.  While in prison, he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress

Richard Wurmbrand and his wife spent years in prison in communist Romania.  Later, he founded Voice of the Martyrs

Gladys Aylward underwent very difficult times as she served the Lord in China.  Initially, though called to China, she was told by the Missionary Society in England that she was not qualified to serve.  She found another way there.  Once in China, she served faithfully.  Eventually, wounded and surrounded by war, she led a difficult journey over mountains in order to care for 100 children in her care.  There is another, older, film starring Ingrid Bergman which depicts the life of Gladys Aylward that my husband and I also enjoyed entitled The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

I highly recommend the Torchlighter Series DVDs as ways to teach your children about heroes of the faith!  These can be purchased directly from my bookstore or from other locations around the web.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2008 2:10 am

    Sounds great! I have never heard of these series—I’ll have to come take a look at your bookstore when I get a chance this weekend!

  2. michael walsh permalink
    May 15, 2008 5:24 pm

    I have only tyndale, bunyan, elliot and liddell.
    Also there is another one called the perputa story.

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