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Augustine thought his mother Monica’s Christian faith was foolish. But she continued to pray for him, even after he left home to start a new life in Rome.Augustine received honor in Rome as a teacher and as “The Voice of the Emperor.” He enjoyed a wealthy lifestyle, but he was not at peace. He began to notice flaws in the thinking and behavior of those around him who were not following Jesus. He realized that the Christians he thought were foolish were actually kind and good.

A stand-off between the Christians and armed soldiers who wanted to take their church forced him to choose which side he wanted to serve, and he, too, became a follower of Jesus.

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(Source: The Torchlighters: The Augustine Story, produced by The Voice of the Martyrs and Christian History Institute)

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Augustine thought his mother Monica’s Christian faith was foolish. But she continued to pray for him, even after he left home to start a new life in Rome.

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Chiapas
Preparing for a community celebration

Some Christians in Chiapas, Mexico are forced to leave their homes and villages by people who do not agree with their beliefs and practices. When the Christians refuse to participate in community celebrations that include heavy drinking and worshiping spirits, they risk persecution.

Twenty-seven Christian families in Chiapas, including 40 children, now live in a cattle barn because they have been kicked out of their village.

The Voice of the Martyrs has provided the families with food and mattresses.

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Living in a Barn

Some Christians in Chiapas, Mexico are forced to leave their homes and villages by people who do not agree with their beliefs and practices. When the Christians refuse to participate in community celebrations that include heavy drinking and worshiping spirits, they risk persecution.


As Amy Carmichael travels about southern India at the turn of the twentieth century, her deepest desire is to share Jesus’ love with the local people. She has traded her Irish clothing for a cheap Indian sari, gathered together a small group of women, and laid aside all plans for marriage and children. As one of her Indian companions points out, children would “tie the feet,” taking her attention away from her goal of sharing Christ with the people of India.

Upon adopting the name, “The Starry Cluster,” the little group eagerly sets out with great hope of fulfilling Daniel 12:3 (NIV): “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” However, results are few as the Indian caste system, which does not allow people of different levels to interact, and the society’s lesser appreciation of women, make it difficult to connect with the people. Even so, some of the women and a few children are drawn to their Christian message.

(Source: Leader’s Guide for the DVD The Amy Carmichael Story available at www.torchlighters.org.)

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Amy Carmichael

As Amy Carmichael travels about southern India at the turn of the twentieth century, her deepest desire is to share Jesus’ love with the local people. She has traded her Irish clothing for a cheap Indian sari, gathered together a small group of women, and laid aside all plans for marriage and children. As one of her Indian companions points out, children would “tie the feet,” taking her attention away from her goal of sharing Christ with the people of India.

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A Testimony from Nigeria

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Long ago, Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. Perpetua, a Christian woman in her 20s, was imprisoned in Carthage with other Christians. Her father did not follow Christ. He begged her to sacrifice to Roman idols as the rulers demanded. “Have pity, my daughter, on my gray hairs,” he pleaded.Perpetua tried to comfort her father, but she refused to sacrifice to idols. In A.D. 203, she and her friends died for their faith in Christ.

Note: The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD. Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here. Preview is recommended before showing to younger children.

Perpetua

Long ago, Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. Perpetua, a Christian woman in her 20s, was imprisoned in Carthage with other Christians. Her father did not follow Christ. He begged her to sacrifice to Roman idols as the rulers demanded. “Have pity, my daughter, on my gray hairs,” he pleaded.

Perpetua tried to comfort her father, but she refused to sacrifice to idols. In A.D. 203, she and her friends died for their faith in Christ.

Note: The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD available at www.vombooks.com. Preview is recommended before showing to younger children.