Amy Carmichael is consumed by the awful truth she has learned about the plight of the “temple girls” of India. Will Amy’s faithful determination be enough to free these girls from the powerful Indian customs and superstitions that keep them hostage?
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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?
Torchlighters is a series of animated programs for youth ages 8-12, 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. For more information on the series, go to www.torchlighters.org.
• English and Spanish languages with optional English and Spanish subtitles
• More activities for children at www.torchlighters.org and www.kidsofcourage.com
Christian children's series for ages 8-12. DVD extras include a half-hour abridged documentary on Carmichael, and a discussion guide.
The Torchlighters animated series highlights Christians who have been faithful to Christ in the midst of opposition and hardships. It is targeted at an audience of 8-12 year olds.
Amy Carmichael was an Irish missionary who served in Indian in the early 1900s. Amy was criticized for shedding her western clothing for an Indian sari. However, as the episode pointed out, this enabled her to blend in with the native people when she rescued children from the Hindu temples. Preena was a young gift whose father died when she was still a young girl. Her mother is then faced with a tough decision. Without a husband to provide an income for the family, Preena;s mother decides to give her daughter to the temple to be raise there where she would serve in the temple in various capacities. The woman teacher at the temple is not at all nice to the girls who are under her care. Essentially the girls are treated as prisoners.
Preena makes various escape attempts. During one such attempt, the girls meets Amy. She is so struck by Amy's tenderness. Realizing that Amy is a Christian, Preena prays to God for release from her circumstance. Eventually she is able to escape again and makes her way to Amy's home. Amy takes her in, and when she learns about the treatment the girls endure at the temple, she feels called to rescue the other children from the temple.
The presentation of Amy and Preena's story is very powerful. The various abuses the girls endure at the temple are glossed over by the documentary in the extra features in the DVD notes that for some of the temples the children are used as prostitutes. For this reason, the documentary is aimed at a more mature audience that the episode.
The story has a run time of about 30 minutes. The DVD features English and Spanish spoken languages as well as subtitles in both languages. Lesson plans and leaders guides are on the DVD. A 30 minute documentary which is an abridged version of "Amy Carmichael: Mother to the Motherless" is included in the bonus features. This extra targeted at an older audience of 12-18 year olds.
This story tells of little Preena, snatched away from the most gentle woman she has seen in months, wondering how she'll ever again find a way out of the temple where she's 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?
I got the Amy Carmichael DVD this morning through the post and have just finished watching it this afternoon. Can I congratulate you in your work? It was fantastic! Really pleased with it and for you, and your team of workers who did such a great job! -- Jonathan Clarke, Pastor of the Welcome Church - Belfast, North Ireland, Founded by Amy Carmichael
This story touches my children ages 5, 11 and 12 when they watch it. I would recommend it to anyone.
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.
All your movies are so moving. God has used so many. My favorite part of your movies is the Documentary found in the special features. These are tastefully done and I even let my 4 and 6 year old watch them. I think it is important and these are just as great for adults as children. Blessings....
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!
I was flipping through Christian programming when I stumbled across The Amy Carmichael Story….Tuning in a bit late, I was curious as to what the story was about and so decided to watch more of it. I ended up watching it to the end, as did my wife. I became rather teary-eyed at certain points in the story…. I didn't think I could ever be so affected by an animation. Bringing these stories to life is an incredible service to the church. I find myself wondering why I don't recall ever hearing of these three heroes of the faith that Torchlighters brings honor to. Thank you.
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!