The Torchlighters is a series of animated programs with strong values and educational content for youth ages 8-12. Each episode presents the story of a true-life hero from Christian history. Kids will see what God can do through a "Torchlighter" and will be challenged to carry their own torch while learning about the history of our faith. This set includes the first twelve episodes.
The Torchlighters is an ongoing series of animated programs with strong values and educational content for youth ages 8-12. Each Torchlighters episode presents the story of a true-life hero from Christian history. Kids will see what God can do through a "Torchlighter" and will be challenged to carry their own torch while learning about the history of our faith. For more information on the Torchlighters series, visit www.torchlighters.org.
William Tyndale - This episode follows William Tyndale's adventures as he works in secret, moving from town to town as a fugitive to avoid capture. Friends and allies help him along, but enemies may be lurking around any corner.
Perpetua - It is the year AD 203 in Carthage, North Africa. Perpetua, an affluent young mother, is charged with converting to Christianity and is sent to prison. But her freedom can be secured easily. All she has to do is offer one pinch of incense in honor to the Roman gods. With this simple act of devotion and loyalty to the Roman Empire she can regain her freedom and return to her infant son and a life of comfort. As her father pleads for Perpetua to consider the welfare of her child and the reputation of their family, she slowly makes her way to face the Roman proconsul and declare her final decision. What will it be?
Jim Elliot - Jim Elliot spent his youth preparing to share the Gospel with those who'd never heard it. But nothing could have prepared him for the dangers and challenges he'd face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the most friendly of gestures from outsiders. Would Jim and his fellow missionaries ever be able to break down the hostile barriers and carry a torch of faith to this savage people determined to attack all outsiders?
Amy Carmichael - As little Preena is snatched away from the most gentle woman she has seen in months, she wonders how she will ever again find a way out of the temple, where she is held against her will. How will she find the missionary known as Amy Carmichael, the one who wears a cross and serves a different sort of God? Meanwhile, Amy is also consumed by the awful truth she has learned about the plight of the “temple girls.” Will Amy’s faithful determination be enough to free Preena from the powerful customs and superstitions that keep her hostage?
Gladys Aylward - With war raging about her and soldiers closing in, the wounded missionary Gladys Aylward sets out on the most difficult journey of her life — a 100-mile trek over the mountains to a safe haven. But it's not her own safety that concerns this little woman with big faith. It's the safety and well being of the 100 orphaned children in her care. Watch as Gladys' strength and faith are stretched to the limit, all for the sake of the children.
John Bunyan - 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?
Richard Wurmbrand - In war-torn Romania, there is only one way for churches to get the protection of the government: give their support and allegiance to the communists who are in control. Instead, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand chooses to speak up for Christ, thereby placing his own life and the lives of his family in great danger. When Richard’s choice lands him in a communist prison, his faith and witness are tested to the limits.
Eric Liddell - Pressure to follow public opinion couldn't get much stronger. National hero Eric Liddell is Scotland's pride and joy. The entire country is eager for their running celebrity to sprint past the rest of the world and bring home Olympic gold in the 100-meter race. But when Eric makes the stunning announcement that he won't race on Sunday because of his religious convictions, he is soon labeled a disgrace and a traitor. See how Eric Liddell's famous stand during the 1924 Olympics prepares him for even greater challenges as a missionary to China during World War II.
William Booth - 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, 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?
Samuel Morris - Young Prince Kaboo knows his fate is sealed. Since his father can no longer meet his captors' ransom demands, Kaboo is to be tortured until death. But a bigger plan is about to unfold! A blinding light appears and the ropes that bind him fall away. Renewed strength floods his bruised body, and a heavenly voice urges him, "Run, Kaboo, Run!" The dramatic events that follow lead the boy prince to take the new name, "Samuel Morris." Nothing will stop Samuel from sharing his growing faith with all who will listen.
Augustine - Young Augustine thinks his mother’s religion is foolishness. He sneaks away from home and ventures to a new life in Rome. Soon Augustine finds himself in an important position as “The Voice of The Emperor." When the empire decides to take over the Christian basilica, 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 must choose whom he will serve.
Corrie ten Boom - As the evil of World War II sweeps through their city, Corrie and her family find themselves with an innocent Jewish baby, desperately needing protection from the cruelty of the new Nazi regime. 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?
The Corrie ten Boom Story is the newest addition to the Torchlighters series. For those who may be unfamiliar, The Torchlighters series is a series of short animated movies that introduces young viewers to men and women from Christian history. These movies are great for families to introduce many figures from Christian history to their children in a way that is fun for the kids. The Corrie ten Boom story drops the viewer into the middle of World War II and does a good job of showing how Nazi Germany truly despised others. One soldier makes a statement that shows the hatred when he says that "you have to get rid of the bad to salvage the good." This is exactly what the Nazi's thought they where doing by slaughtering so many Jews, and this is where the story takes us. We get introduced to the ten Boom family and get to see how God used this family and their watch repair shop to help so many people. The ten Boom family begins to help these Jewish people because they find out that "the rumor is they are being rounded up and......exterminated." Their reasoning is stated very clearly "The Good Shepherd gave His life for His sheep. Can we do anything less for God's chosen people?" So, the ten Booms used code words to bring Jews who needed protection into their "hiding place", referring to needy people as "watches." The story continues to follow Corrie and her family as they are found out by Nazi soldiers and thrown into a camp. Corrie and her sister show amazing courage throughout this time, even when they deal with doubt. Corrie prays a pray at one point saying "We have done what we thought was your will. Help me to trust that you have not forgotten me." What a wonderful prayer for young minds to hear in a video as they watch the one praying that pray suffer in a concentration camp. So many details from the life of Corrie ten Boom made it into this short 30 minute video.
The video ends with Corrie being released and immediately going back to help everyone that she can and traveling around to tell her story. This is one of the more difficult stories to tell to younger children simply because it is so full of hate and death, but I feel that there is a good balance and presentation in this movie. The recommended age range is 8-12 and I think this is a good age to be able to have healthy conversations with kids about man's depravity and the evil that exists in our hearts. It also shows that God can use any situation to get glory and use it for the good of His children. I would highly recommend this video to any Christian parent looking for ways to introduce their children to men and women in Christian history. I received a free copy of this DVD from Vision Video in exchange for an honest review.
I grew up on stories of great Christians. From saint stories I read with my best friend to missionary biographies my mom read for us to novels based on the lives of great Christians, these stories nourished my faith. Two that stand out in my mind were books about Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael, missionaries to China and India respectively, who rescued hundreds of children. So I was very excited about the Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith DVDs. These animated movies present the stories of thirteen great Christians, from St. Perpetua in the third century to Eric Liddell in the twentieth century.Sunshine and Lily were just as excited as I was about new movies. They’ve enjoyed other saint stories, so they quickly got into these stories, which sparked quite a bit of discussion about what each person did and said in the movies. Some parts of the stories were intense. For example, Perpetua is an early church martyr and Corrie ten Boom lived through a Nazi prison camp. I recommend using discretion in watching these DVDs with younger children. They are targeted for kids 8-12, though both Sunshine and Lily (ages 7 and 5) watched them. We’ve watched a lot of movies with our girls and assure them during scary movie moments that it always gets better. For these movies, I could also assure them that God was taking care of the hero and would make sure everything turned out right. To find out more about these great stories or to view trailers for the movies, drop by the website. You can buy individual episodes or the entire set (which I highly recommend). - KoalaBearWriter.com
Torchlighters Jim Elliot at just over 30 minutes offers a look at the life of Jim Elliot as related by one of Auca tribe members. Jim's passion to serve where the message of God's gift of salvation had never been heard is the driving force in his life. He is willing to pay the ultimate price to share the love of God. At the end there are actual clips (film) of Jim Elliot, the other missionaries, their families, and the Auca tribe. This is the perfect introduction the amazing story of Jim Elliot and the power of forgiveness. Torchlighters Corrie Ten Boom is the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family's struggle under German rule during World War II. Working to save the Jewish people who were being rounded-up and taken away, the Ten Boom family gave much to do what they felt was God's will. Corrie lost her family - her father and sister - to the imprisonment they endured. But Corrie's story ended not in the loss of those she held dearest, but rather in forgiveness and the offer of comfort to those who experienced the war as she did and even those who were responsible for the suffering she endured. Both these videos offer a hope in the eternal and the power of forgiveness and mercy. Presented in a form that children will understand and parents can enjoy with them. These are simplified versions of the lives of modern martyrs that are well done - educational and entertaining at the same time. Perfect for the home or church library and an excellent tool for the home-schooling classroom. I was provided a streaming video loan of these two titles in exchange for my review and tour participation. - BloomingWithBooks.com
I LOVE when things that are good for their mind and teach them good things become animated. My children pay more attention and I believe they simply learn better. That is why I love this Torchlighters series so much. I haven't watched every episode, but I hope to add this whole set to our homeschooling year next school year. My little ones get to learn more about REAL people that put God first, and really, I can't complain about that! ;) I believe by watching these movies now, their appetite to learn in greater depth later in life will be fed. - BlueRoseHeart.com
The animation in this series reminds me of some of the Christian cartoons I watched as a little girl in the late 80's and early 90's—there's nothing wrong with it, but it won't blow your socks off. Still, I don't think it needs to, because the stories speak for themselves. They are very well written, and the voice work is excellent. I would love to watch more of this series, and I think it would be perfect for Sunday School classes, Christian schools, and home libraries. (See the full list of episodes below.) I would say these are appropriate for ages 8 and up due to the subject matter and some non-bloody violence. 5 stars. - ChristianChicksThoughts.com
WoW! What rich history of Heroes of the Faith to present to your children. I was very impressed with watching the online reviewers version of Corrie Ten Boom and Jim Elliott. Their lives are excellent examples of what we should want your children to know about standing up for what you believe. Their stories should never die. These Torchlighters dvds would make excellent Easter basket gifts. - ScrapsOfLife.com
Having watched and enjoyed several of Torchlighters' films with my younger siblings, I jumped at the opportunity to celebrate their 10th anniversary by reviewing two of their films: The Jim Elliot Story and The Corrie Ten Boom Story. These films provided the perfect opportunity for a couple of FMNs (Family Movie Night). Although Torchlighters films are geared towards 8-12 year olds, the whole family––no matter the age––will enjoy them. What I love most about these films is their clean, entertaining, and informative nature. Why not be inspired by the lives of real-life Christians on a FMN? The hearts of you and your children will be touched by these films, because these stories are not "make believe" . . . they are real. (I literally teared-up during The Corrie Ten Boom Story despite the fact that I have read two of her books and watched The Hiding Place movie multiple times––her story, especially, is that powerful.) Both films are approximately 30 minutes in length, so it does feel rather short (for an adult). Because of their length, only the major highlights of the respective person's life is included--but the Special Features provided more information that I greatly enjoyed. Since The Jim Elliot Story is Torchlighters first film, it has a lower video quality than The Corrie Ten Boom Story which is one of their more recent films. Overall, though, the video quality is good and the animations are fun, cute, and sufficient enough to portray the stories. Torchilghters was wise in their choices of which life-moments to highlight and even managed to sprinkle in some humor so that the movies were captivating and clearly showed how Jim Elliot and Corrie Ten Boom lived out the Gospel. Neither you nor your children will get bored watching these films! (Plus, you'll leave edified––what's there to lose?) I highly recommend the Torchlighters films for young and old alike. I am a passionate advocate of entertaining yet clean and spiritually edifying novels and this passion reflects in my movie choices, as well––that's the reason I deviated a little from the CBRB normal and took the time to get you acquainted with these wonderful, family-oriented films (well, that and the fact that I wanted to watch them myself;) - ChristianBookReviewBlog.Com
I had my children view both The Jim Elliott Story and The Corrie Ten Boom Story. They were glued to both episodes. I was pretty amazed at the information that was packed into the 30 minute time slots. I really appreciated the exceptional animation of the episodes and the inclusion of real pictures at the end. The episodes were animated but did not shy away from the scary truth of the sacrifice of both Jim Elliott and Corrie Ten Boom. The episodes helped my children know about two real life heroes of the gospel. MotherofTwo-JenMom.blogspot.com
Anyone who knows our family will tell you that we are pretty strict about what we watch. Even the Christian films have to get past a gauntlet of rules:) So when we find something to back, you know it is very good. And that is exactly what I have for you here today. We have been familiar with this group of animated programs for several years and have told a lot of people about them. We always encourage families to pick them up, even if their children aren't real young. They say for ages 8-12 but the whole family has seen every one of these and we still enjoy them. Believe me, some of them have been played over and over:D These are basically biographies that are animated and I am telling you, children love them!! Our favorite would probably be Eric Liddell but there are so many good ones we rotate through them. The stories include William Tyndale, John Bunyan, Corrie Ten Boom, Gladys Aylward(a favorite of the 14 year old), Amy Carmichael, Samuel Morris, Richard Wurmbrand, etc. As of right now there are 12 episodes out on DVD and they have more in the works. They run about 25 minutes per episode and it has some more history once the film is over. They are funny but also educational and they definitely teach lessons. Inevitably I end up with tears in my eyes at some point throughout the movie. These are amazing films!! - GiveawyGal.blogspot.com
My children loved the videos, they were looking for more episodes. I enjoyed watching the videos. The animation was excellent, clear and colorful. The video content definitely caught my attention. I remember studying about the Jews, Hitler and the Concentration Camps in college and I recall just heaving and crying in class. I was heartbroken at the inhumane treatment of other human beings. I also remember reading and hearing about these stories and brave heroes who decided to make a difference and stand up for what was right. Even in the midst of their tremendous obstacles and circumstances they stood firm in their faith and they believed that no matter what, that God was with them and He had a plan and purpose for their lives. I am excited to see and learn more about the Heroes of Faith. Excellent resource and reference tool for teaching younger children about God and Heroes of Faith. - TicklesandTots.com
I began to show the Torchlighters dvds in our church when they first came out. And I love them as much as the kids do! These wonderful dvds are about missionaries and those Heroes of Faith who have gone before us to spread the Gospel of Christ. The Jim Elliot Story and The Corrie tenBoom Story are just two of the great dvds. Love these dvds! - TammyBookParlor.Blogspot.com
We took these on vacation and watched one each night. It was wonderful to have the stories presented in a creative way and opened the door to great discussion. Well done and I would recommend these to your family!
Our family has watched your DVD's for years and we have been SO blessed by your materials!! We are so grateful that you've provided a Christian look at history, showed us stories of brave Christians, and built our faith — one episode at a time. And we thank you for stepping up to do this and providing <b>excellent</b> children's DVD's — a very rare thing indeed!
Torchlighters DVDs and study guides are top notch. I can't wait to start showing and teaching them. When we are finished, I am considering putting together a special program in front of the church with the kids about the Torchlighter series. I am not sure what that will be yet, but one thing I know is that because of the wonderful teaching guides you have provided, I have time to do things like this. Torchlighters is going to be the springboard for many exciting things our children will get to experience and share and I want to thank you again for creating such an amazing program of such quality. Everything is so well thought out and the artwork is beautiful. I know the parents will immediately see that we have chosen an exceptional program and the kids will be thrilled to see the posters start going up around the church.
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for producing these DVD's!! Our 3 children (aged 6, 4 and 2) watch them constantly and it cheers our hearts to hear them play Amy Carmichael rescuing Preena instead of Cinderella and Snow White! (in fact our 2 year old son goes around the house yelling, "let me go, let me go!" which he learned from that movie!). We wanted something in our home that would enrich our children's lives and give them missionary hearts, and these movies do that perfectly. We have recommended them to all the families we know who have children. We are already looking forward to John Wesley!
This is a fantastic resource!! It tells the story of Elliot and friends well, and I personally LOVED the bonus features--the two interviews and the downloadable lesson plans. I'd recommend this series of videos to anyone.
We really appreciate the Torchlighter series, we use them in our Sunday School department which is 5th and 6th graders and the kids love them. We eagerly anticipate the new one coming on Gladys Aylward!
First thank you for the Heroes of the Faith series. We are showing them to our small church Sunday school and students and teachers alike love them. We were thrilled to discover the downloads for each story and find they are extremely important in helping children to retain the facts they view on our big screen. Thank you for these beautiful portrayals of reallife heroes of the faith!
I want to thank you for the Torchlighter series you did with Voice of the Martyrs. I hope you do more, if it's feasible! The cartoons and the documentaries are remarkable. I have used the Jim Elliott and the Perpetua stories in both my church and in my classroom (I teach Bible courses, included a church history course) at a Christian school outside Atlanta, GA. Many of my kids, even though they're high school age, they have expressed how much the Torchlighter series have meant to them. It has motivated them to pursue the Lord more, to rest more in him, to share him more with others. How wonderful! Thank you for all your work.
This is my favorite children's series, bar none. I think that my wife and I enjoyed the DVD's as much as the children. Please produce more of these!
Thank you so much to Torchlighters. Your Heroes of the faith DVDs always have a wonderful spiritual impact on us and our children. Our children are really fascinated and I get the feeling that deep in their hearts the would some day wish to be such ordinary yet useful vessels for the Lord and His glory. They are also encouraged that the gospel and the truth are worth fighting for. We are now planning to buy some more of these DVDs to bless others. Well done!
Your Heroes of Faith DVD series is making a great impact on our children. Each time I show one in our missions’ emphasis time, they are totally intrigued and touched by how God used ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His glory. They are beginning to realize God can use them too. Keep them coming!
This an excellent portrayal of the facts.
Finally got around to watching "The Samuel Morris Story". It was arguably the best Torchlighter. It really spoke to me and my family. It has the best looking animation too. Very inspiring, thank the Lord! Can't wait for Augustine to come out. Keep up the great work.
you are doing very good work animations are very good for children
I think this movie was brilliantly done. This would make a great timely, witnessing tool even in Spanish.