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Elise Wixtrom has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources. Currently she writes reviews of VOM resources for readers of kidsofcourage.com. Enter “Elise” in the search box to read about Elise and to find more of her reviews.

Amy Carmichael
1901. India. Amy Carmichael, an Irishwoman by birth, sailed across the ocean to a land she had never been to before. When Amy Carmichael was younger, she had dreamed of having beautiful blue eyes instead of boring brown ones. Every night when she went to bed, she prayed she’d wake up and her eyes would change. Every morning, she looked in the mirror and was disappointed. But little Amy Carmichael would later find that her “boring” brown eyes were going to help her in the future.

Amy Carmichael rode around the Indian countryside, bringing the gospel to small villages with her band of friends. They called themselves “The Starry Cluster,” a name taken from the Bible verse, “Those who bring righteousness to many shall shine like the stars” (Daniel 12:3). The group of friends, mostly women, taught in marketplaces and sometimes in the streets. They held Bible studies that young children attended to hear the gospel of Christ. Soon, though, a young girl came to Carmichael and begged for her help to escape temple servitude. The missionary woman took the girl, named Preena, into her home and gave her shelter from the temple.

The VOM Torchlighters episode, The Amy Carmichael Story, focuses on the story of Preena and how her path crossed Amy’s in her search for freedom. Over the years that Amy Carmichael stayed in India, she adopted many other children. Some of the children had also run away from the temple, others left their families because they were being abused for being Christians. In order to sneak into the temple to rescue children, Carmichael had to dye her skin with coffee. If her eyes were blue, she wouldn’t have been able to do that.

In fact, Amy Carmichael made the best of all situations, overcoming all odds with her optimism and unrelenting faith in the Word of God. She believed that God could set all slaves free, whether they were old or young. Her belief in a loving and caring Father brought many children to safety. It gave hope to the hopeless and a home to the abandoned. It gave a family to the orphans and the outcasts, and her legacy in India changed an entire culture of slavery for the better.

Watch a trailer for The Amy Carmichael Story here.

 

The Amy Carmichael Story

Elise Wixtrom has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources. Currently she writes reviews of VOM resources for readers of kidsofcourage.com. Enter “Elise” in the search box to read about Elise and to find more of her reviews. Amy Carmichael 1901. India. Amy Carmichael, an Irishwoman by birth, sailed across the ocean […]


Harriet Tubman prayed constantly that she and her family would be set free from slavery. Then God used her to rescue her own family and hundreds of other slaves. She was called the Moses of her people.

Watch the trailer from Torchlighters’ The Harriet Tubman Story above, and find related study guides, games, posters, coloring pages and puzzles here.

Torchlighters: The Harriet Tubman Story

Harriet Tubman prayed constantly that she and her family would be set free from slavery. Then God used her to rescue her own family and hundreds of other slaves. She was called the Moses of her people. Watch the trailer from Torchlighters’ The Harriet Tubman Story above, and find related study guides, games, posters, coloring […]


Kaylin M., a youth pastor in the U.S., recently sent a message to Kids of Courage. “I am a youth pastor, and my kids are very affected by all the shooting happening in the schools,” Kaylin wrote. “I’d like to show them how God can turn something like that into a powerful testimony.”

Kaylin asked for stories to share with her students. One of The Voice of the Martyrs’ five main purposes is: “To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.” So VOM workers hear many stories about how God has used persecuted Christians to demonstrate His love to persecutors.

Two of the stories are told in videos about Amin and Miriam, kids from Iran and Iraq. Kaylin plans to show the videos to her youth. “I want to show them that God loves the shooter or the attacker just as much as he loves them,” she said. “I think it will really help them see how huge and unconditional is God’s love and mercy.”

God’s Unconditional Love and Mercy

Kaylin M., a youth pastor in the U.S., recently sent a message to Kids of Courage. “I am a youth pastor, and my kids are very affected by all the shooting happening in the schools,” Kaylin wrote. “I’d like to show them how God can turn something like that into a powerful testimony.” Kaylin asked […]


In Tibet, most people are Buddhists. Buddhists believe that after they die, they will come back to life in a different body.“Merit” is somewhat like points saved up toward earning spiritual rewards. Buddhists hope to have a better next life by doing things that earn merit.

Zha, a Christian in Tibet, left Buddhism and gave her life to Christ. Like other Christians, she now understands that we have one life on earth. Apart from God and Jesus, no one is righteous or deserving of rewards, no matter how many good works they do.

Read more about Tibet here.
Find out more about Buddhism here.
Read Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23.

Watch the video above about Zha. As you watch, look for answers to the following questions.

1. Can you tell some of the things Buddhists in the video are doing to try to earn merit? Example: At one point in the video, they are spinning “prayer wheels” to earn merit.

2. Why do the Christians meet secretly?

3. Why is Zha afraid to reach out to others about her faith?

Zha: A Christian in Tibet

In Tibet, most people are Buddhists. Buddhists believe that after they die, they will come back to life in a different body.“Merit” is somewhat like points saved up toward earning spiritual rewards. Buddhists hope to have a better next life by doing things that earn merit. Zha, a Christian in Tibet, left Buddhism and gave […]


Robert Thomas spent years preparing to spread the gospel in Asia. But his life ended shortly after he arrived in Korea. Yet God used his work to bring many to Christ.

Watch the clip above to see Thomas’s arrival in Korea. The clip is from Torchlighters DVD, “The Robert Jermain Thomas Story,” available at VOMBooks.com.

You can find Thomas’s story in Bold Believers in North Korea in the free Downloads section of this site. Torchlighters student and leader guides are also available in the Downloads section.

North Korea: Missionary Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas spent years preparing to spread the gospel in Asia. But his life ended shortly after he arrived in Korea. Yet God used his work to bring many to Christ. Watch the clip above to see Thomas’s arrival in Korea. The clip is from Torchlighters DVD, “The Robert Jermain Thomas Story,” available at VOMBooks.com. […]


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