Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on September 17th, 2020
The review below was written by Nathan Hillanbrand, a college intern at Christian History Magazine. To read his entire blog post about the Torchlighters DVD, The Richard Wurmbrand Story, go to the Torchlighters blog here.
The Richard Wurmbrand Story DVD is available for purchase here or to watch free of charge on RedeemTV.
A set of 16 Torchlighters DVDs, plus the Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, is available here.
Student and leader guides for the DVDs are available for free download here and at Torchlighters.org.
The Richard Wurmbrand Story: Not Just for Kids!
By Nathan Hillanbrand
Compelling. Captivating. As a ten-year-old Torchlighter fan, I was riveted watching Olympian Eric Liddell race along a dirt path towards the missionary compound with yet another critically injured Chinese civilian on a makeshift cart, while blasts from the Japanese dive-bombers strike all around him.
Fast-forward to 2020: I am now a college intern reviewing the Torchlighters website. As I scroll through the list of familiar heroes, I come upon a name I don’t recognize at all: Richard Wurmbrand. Although I feel slightly sheepish at my sudden urge to watch a half-hour animated video for kids, I just have to know who this person is. I click on the link.
I am immediately drawn in, once again compelled and captivated. By about halfway through, I’m oblivious to the medium and moved to tears. Somehow, this carefully edited “children’s cartoon” is able to convey great depth of emotion and the gravity of religious persecution.
Then, while viewing their continuing story at the end of the Torchlighters video, I am surprised to discover that the Wurmbrands, after more underground work and re-imprisonment in Romania, escaped to the U.S. and began an international ministry to assist other persecuted Christians. It suddenly strikes me that my earliest learnings about the plight of the persecuted church, including personal stories and prayer maps, were produced by their ministry!
Fascinated, I start looking through the related TL materials. The Wurmbrand student guide has a series of thought-provoking discussion questions and activities connected to the film, like a Morse Code Challenge (used to communicate the gospel in solitary confinement).
Read more of Nathan’s review here.
Published on September 16th, 2020
Recently Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio interviewed Ed Cannon, the president of the Far East Broadcasting Company. The FEBC uses radio and other technology to reach people all over the world with the gospel.
Todd asked Mr. Cannon, “What advice would you give young people who are starting out in gospel work?”
Read Mr. Cannon’s answer below. [Edited for length and clarity.]
There are a couple things I would like to say. First of all, be who you are. When I grew up, people were always telling us be a leader like so and so. We would read books about other people’s leadership. [People would tell us] you need to be like Churchill, or you need to be like Patton.
But my advice for young people today is be who God made you; don’t be like somebody else. If you are a quiet person, lead quietly. If you are a team-builder, build teams quietly. Lead the way God has wired you, which is the way you are the best. No one is as good at being like Winston Churchill as Winston Churchill was. So why should we try and be like him?
Secondly, never underestimate your own ability to make an impact in the world. We had one young man from China who very quiet, very timid. He didn’t know exactly how he wanted to lead, but he had an idea to use social media.
He said, “I don’t have a big following. I don’t have a big voice or a big idea, but God does. So I am going to post on my social media platform. I am going to post four Bible verses a day.” He wrote one short verse, and then he wrote one simple sentence about what that verse meant to him.
He started doing that, and he did it for several years without much success. Then he started to see a few people following him. After five years, the man had a million followers in China that were getting their spiritual food every day from his simple idea and his obedience to God’s command.
So there is great potential. Never underestimate yourself. Don’t think you need to be like someone else. Lead the way God wired you and He will respond by putting fruit into your life.
Published on September 15th, 2020
Jeruk bali is a fruit from Indonesia with a thick skin. (The fruit is also known as a pomelo.) In times past, Indonesian children made cars out of the skin of the fruit. They cut wheels and car shapes out of the skin and attached the wheels with small strong sticks about the thickness of toothpicks. A long stick attached to the back or a string tied to the front allowed the child to push or pull the car.
Try making a toy car like the ones in the photo out of the skin of an orange or honeydew melon and toothpicks. (A lime was used for the “driver.”)
Pray that all Indonesian children will learn that Jesus loves them.
Published on September 14th, 2020
National Coloring Day is September 14!
You can find coloring pages that depict the lives of Christian heroes featured in Torchlighters DVDs here . Additional activities are available on Torchlighters.org, in the Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, and in the Downloads section of this site.
Published on September 11th, 2020
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked two locations in the United States. The 19 terrorists hijacked four planes full of passengers and crashed two of them into New York’s World Trade Center on purpose. (The NASA photo above shows the smoke plume rising from the attack on the World Trade Center.) Many died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
The terrorists crashed a third plane into the Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers tried to stop the hijackers.
The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam. Find a chart that compares terrorists’ beliefs with Christian responses here.
Find another chart about terrorist beliefs here.
[Additional charts comparing Christian truths with other worldviews are in the Beliefs section of this site.]
To Think About: The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam. Terrorists try to make changes in the world by using violence and threats. But Mark 8:36 says, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” What mistake are terrorists making when they use violence against innocent people to try to bring about change?
Note: Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said that having bad feelings about Muslims “is wrong and a danger to our souls.” He said when radical Muslims hurt Christians, “they will not succeed in making us hate them.” Their persecution will just make us want to do more to bring them the Christian message. If they understand what Jesus taught, they will no longer want to persecute others.
Do you agree with what Pastor Wurmbrand said about Christians’ attitudes toward Muslims?