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One Hundred Miles, One Hundred Children

With war raging about her and soldiers closing in, the wounded missionary Gladys Aylward set out on the most difficult journey of her life — a 100-mile trek over mountains in China to a safe haven. But it was not her own safety that concerned Gladys; it was the safety and well-being of the 100 orphaned children in her care.

Gladys’ strength and faith were stretched to the limit, but she took all the children to safety. She was able to serve God in many other ways in China, because she was willing to be used by Him wherever He needed her.

Gladys said, “I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done in China. I don’t know who was. It must have been a man, a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing. And God looked down and saw Gladys Aylward. And God said, ‘Well, she’s willing.’”


The Torchlighters: The Gladys Aylward Story is a children’s DVD that tells how Gladys led more than 100 children on a hike through mountains in China to escape enemy soldiers.

Each Torchlighters video comes with a Student’s and Leader’s Guide. These free guides, available in the Downloads section of this site, teach parents and children about “Heroes of the Faith” like Gladys Aylward, through a variety of activities such as coloring pages, puzzles and trivia.

To Think About
Why might someone not be willing to follow the Bible’s teachings and God’s will? Do you think they might not trust God to provide for all their needs if they follow him?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV).

Videos Story

North Korea: Balloon Launch

In North Korea, it is against the law to share the gospel of Jesus. But Christians from other countries are finding ways to reach North Koreans with the truth. Balloons that carry Scriptures are floated into North Korea from outside the country.

Spotlight Story

Typewriters and Prisoner Alert


Almost 150 years ago on June 23, 1868, an inventor, Christopher Sholes, received a U.S. patent for his manual typewriter. A typewriter is a machine that prints symbols on paper as the typist types them. A manual typewriter is one that does not need electricity to operate.

Things you can do with a manual typewriter that you can’t do with a computer:

  • You will never get a virus on your machine.
  • You can print as you type.
  • You will never need wifi, electricity, or a mouse to operate.
  • You can make an exclamation point by typing an apostrophe, back spacing, then typing a period below the apostrophe.

Things you can do with a computer that you can’t do with a typewriter:

  • William Carey (born 1761; died 1834) was a missionary to India. He spent years translating scriptures into other languages. The work was very difficult. In 1812, a fire destroyed the building where his work was stored. “In one night the labors of years are consumed,” he wrote. Bible translators today can store their work on computers in various locations. A fire would not destroy all their work.
  • You can connect to websites. And on the website, you can translate a Christian phrase into another language to send a message to a Christian who is prison for their Christian activities. You can write a letter to any of the prisoners on the site using the simple online writing process.

Activities Story

Toothpick Holder Prayer Reminder

Toothpick Holder Prayer Reminder

Natalie L., a 15-year-old volunteer from Dover, Delaware, recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs with other visiting volunteers. Natalie and other volunteers made toothpick prayer reminders and shared the assembly instructions with VOM.

Main Materials

  • Straight-sided plastic pill bottle or spice bottle. Spice bottles with flip tops or holes in the top are especially good.
  • Small photo of persecuted Christians from VOM publications or printed from this site.
  • Craft glue or clear contact paper.


  • Cut a photo to fit around the bottle. To make it thicker, you may want to glue the photo to colored paper before attaching it to the bottle.
  • Glue the photo to the bottle.
  • Cover with craft glue or contact paper.
  • Decorate the bottle with yarn or ribbon if desired.
  • Fill with toothpicks and shake out as needed. (If the bottle has no holes in the top, poke a hole in the top, or just open the bottle and shake out a toothpick.)
  • Keep the bottle on the table where you eat as a mealtime prayer reminder.

Spotlight Story


Mary and her new leg

Mary is an eight-year-old Nigerian Christian. She and others are under threat of violence and death by the muslim terrorist group Boko Haram, which attacks Christians and others who don’t agree with the group. One day Boko Haram members came to the town where Mary lived with her Christian family. They attacked many people, including Mary.

Because of injuries to her leg that she suffered in the attack, Mary had to have her leg amputated at the hospital. The Voice of the Martyrs operates a prosthetics clinic in Nigeria to help people like Mary. They fashioned a prosthetic leg for her, enabling Mary to walk once again.

Please pray for Mary and the dozens of other Christians who have come to the clinic for help.

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