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Perpetua Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith DVD

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John Bunyan spends his days in prison, separated from his wife and children. Living in the cold, stone cell is the price he pays for going against the established state religion. If only he would agree to stop preaching, John could walk out a free man! Why does he choose to stay in jail, and how will he serve his Lord in this wretched place? Find out in this episode of The Torchlighters.

The Torchlighters is a series of animated programs for ages 8 to 12, presenting the lives of true-life heroes from Christian history. When Kids see what God can do through a "Torchlighter" who is devoted to carrying out His will and purposes, they too may want to carry a torch of faith by serving Him.

Special DVD Features: 

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles
  • Fascinating documentary with additional information on Bunyan's life, filmed at the Bunyan Museum in England
  • Comprehensive leader's guide with four complete lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more
  • The Pilgrim's Progress board game (in PDF), based on John Bunyan's best-selling book

When six-year-old John Wesley is miraculously saved from his family’s burning home, web his mother is certain that God has a great purpose for the boy’s life. John will later refer to himself as a “brand plucked from the burning” (Zechariah 3:2)., and as a young adult devotes himself to strict Christian discipline and a life of service.

John prays, fasts, studies, and serves with great zeal. He becomes a priest in the Church of England and helps found the Holy Club in Oxford, a group devoted to following strict Christian discipline and evangelizing prisoners. He even heads to Georgia with big plans to whip the American colonists of Savannah and Frederica into shape and evangelize the Native Americans as well.

But through it all, John finds his faith is lacking and peace elusive. Not only is he afraid of death, but he is also afraid he has missed his supposed calling, especially when his time in America ends in disgrace and defeat after only two years.

Dejected and discouraged, John walks into a Bible study one evening at the suggestion of his friend, Moravian Peter Böhler. Here John’s eyes are opened to a new concept—salvation by grace and trust in Christ. John soon finds the peace he so desires, and his life’s purpose is becoming clear.

But John’s new message is not welcomed in many Church of England parishes, so he joins his old friend George Whitefield in preaching in the open air. This unheard of act further estranges John from the Church of England. With his new message of free grace for all, alongside a continuing commitment to strict spiritual discipline and good works, John’s ministry expands rapidly, bringing much relief to oppressed laborers in rural England. John, his brother Charles, George Whitefield, and others go on to found the Methodist movement, which will flourish both in England and in America.

 

The John Wesley Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages and subtitles.
  • 55-minute documentary on Wesley.
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide in PDF.
  • Reproducible student handouts in PDF.

Corrie ten Boom and her family repair broken clocks and watches. But as the evil of World War II sweeps through their city, viagra order a new kind of “watch” comes to their care: an innocent Jewish baby, information pills desperately needing protection from the cruelty of the Nazi invaders. How will the ten Booms keep this baby and many others out of harm’s way, and what will be the cost of serving God amidst unthinkable evils? When faith is tested, hope is tried, and love is strained, will Corrie’s God prevail? This gripping episode of the Torchlighters is an amazing story of courage, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

 

The Corrie ten Boom Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English and Spanish subtitles?
  • Corrie ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated, a 55-minute documentary
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more

Bright young Augustine thinks his mother's religion is foolishness. With his "superior" intellect to guide him, viagra he sneaks away from home and ventures to a new life in the city of Rome. Soon Augustine finds himself in an important position as "The Voice of The Emperor," with the life of luxury he's always wanted. When the empire decides to take over one of Milan's Christian basilicas, Augustine prepares to give the speech of a lifetime, one that will slow the rising tide of Christianity's influence. With his devout mother and the unwavering Bishop Ambrose on one side and angry, armed soldiers on the other, Augustine discovers he must choose whom he will serve.

The Augustine Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles?
  • Documentary on Augustine
  • Comprehensive leader's guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more

Young Prince Kaboo is being held for ransom by a fierce enemy tribe. When his African father can no longer meet their demands, page Kaboo’s fate is sealed. The fierce warriors tie the weakened prince to a pole and prepare to finish him off. Suddenly, remedy a blinding light appears, and the ropes fall away! Kaboo’s strength returns, and he hears a voice urging him to run. While stunned warriors look on in fear, Kaboo escapes into the African jungle and stumbles upon a mission complex, where he learns of his heavenly Father who paid the ransom for all!

Taking the new name “Samuel Morris,” he sets out on a mission to share his newfound faith with all who will listen. Don’t miss this dramatic episode of The Torchlighters: The Samuel Morris Story, African missionary to America!

 

The Samuel Morris Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles?
  • 58-minute documentary Samuel Morris: African Missionary to North America
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more

Introduce children to the action-packed story behind the Salvation Army and its founder William Booth. The pub owners and their hired thugs are ready for William and his ragtag followers when they come marching into London’s East End. With clubs and rocks, capsule the thugs are set to chase this preacher out of town once and for all. But William and his “Salvation Army” are not so easily dissuaded! Armed only with Bibles, musical instruments and their unflinching faith in God, they march in to face their most dangerous opponents so far. Who will win the spiritual battle for the hurting souls of this forgotten corner of London?

The William Booth Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles.
  • 44-minute documentary, abridged from the program Our People: The Story of William and Catherine Booth
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including discussion questions, puzzles, activities coloring, and more

As Amy Carmichael travels about southern India at the turn of the twentieth century, page her deepest desire is to share Jesus’ love with the local people. She has traded her Irish clothing for a cheap Indian sari, mind gathered together a small group of women, remedy 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: “Those that lead many to righteousness shall shine like the stars forever.” However, results are few as the Indian caste system, which does not allow people of different social 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.

Meanwhile, seven-year-old Preena has been given to the Indian temple by her impoverished family in an attempt to gain the favor of the Hindu gods. Though the temple women try to break her spirit through hard work and confinement, Preena holds on to the hope of escape. During her first daring getaway, Preena encounters Amy Carmichael in the market place and quickly recognizes something different in this kind woman in the light blue sari. As the temple leaders snatch her away, Preena cries out for help even as she grabs hold of the cross swinging from Amy’s neck.

Back at the temple, Preena pays dearly for running away and is warned to stay away from Amy Carmichael, known in the village as the “soul-stealing woman.” Yet, Preena cannot forget the kindness and love she saw in Amy — a love she describes as “all light.” Driven by that love and led by a God she has barely heard about, Preena attempts another escape in order to find Amy.

Through a miraculous work of God, Amy returns to her village from a missionary journey just as Preena escapes the temple for a second time, and they soon find each other. Preena becomes the first of many children who eventually join the Starry Cluster. The work Amy began among the women and children of India continues to this day through the Dohnavur Fellowship.

The Amy Carmichael Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
  • 30-minute abridgment taken from the documentary Amy Carmichael: Mother to the Motherless.
  • Comprehensive leader's guide with lesson plans, background information, and more.
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more.

In the year 202 AD, what is ed the Roman emperor has decreed that there shall be no new Christians. Conversions are forbidden on pain of death. The government sees the Christian “sect” as bad news because they refuse to offer the required sacrifice to the emperor. They must be stopped before others join them and upset the system!

Yet, in ancient Carthage, as all over the empire, men and women still come to Christ, risking execution for doing so. Slave and free, rich and poor, old and young, they gather together under the cover of darkness to worship the one true God, strengthening their bond and their faith commitment.

Among the new believers is a privileged young mother named Perpetua. When the Roman soldiers swoop into the peaceful meeting they arrest all the new believers who are preparing for baptism. Perpetua is arrested, along with four others, including her pregnant slave Felicity. Perpetua no longer sees Felicity as a slave, but as a beloved sister in Christ.

Ancient prisons are horrible places: dark, stinking (there are no toilets), hot, crowded, and dangerous. By offering just a simple pinch of incense to the emperor as a god, Perpetua and her companions can be free to return to their families and the comforts of home. Everyone else does it, no matter what gods they worship. But the early believers, though obedient to the government, refuse to do anything that looks like idolatry.

Through her diary, Perpetua leaves a written record of their ordeal and the many ways the Lord comforts them: She experiences great joy when she is allowed to keep her baby in prison; encouragement comes through the visits of fellow believers; One, who may have been their teacher, even joins them in prison in order to share in their ordeal; Peace and contentment are strengthened through visions, including one confirming they are to be martyred, but will have victory over death with eternal life in heaven.

It is said that many in Carthage found Christ and entered the Church because of the witness of Perpetua, Felicity, and their companions. Perpetua’s story encourages each of us to make faith in God our highest priority, and to not be swayed by outside forces. Her faith and actions were radical in her time, and she continues to challenge believers today to walk more fully with the Lord.

The Perpetua Story Features

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles.
  • Full-length documentary with church experts, filmed in Tunisia.
  • 30-minute audio drama, Perpetua's Choice
  • Reproducible leader's guide and student handouts.

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