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Torchlighters: The Jim Elliot Story

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Color / 30 Min.

Plus 83 Min. of Extras

DVD Features:
English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles.

Color / 83 Min. 

Bonus Material:
- Interview with Steve Saint, son Nate Saint, a fellow martyr with Jim Elliot
- Autobiography of Marj Saint Van Der Puy, Nate's wife
- Comprehensive leaderís guide with reproducible student worksheets in pdf format.

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"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose." 

...the story of missionary martyr Jim Eliot...

Geared for children ages 8-12, this stunning, half-hour, action-packed program uses top quality animation to bring to life the story of missionary martyr Jim Elliot.
The year was 1956.  

From the steamy jungles of Ecuador, news spread around the world that five young American men were mercilessly killed by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waodani)--a people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. inspirational marvel...   

That seemingly senseless tragedy a half century ago has become an inspirational marvel as that same tribe is now friends with the families of those they killed! 

This is the story of one of those brave torchlighters--Jim Elliot.

Jim Elliot spent his youth preparing to share the Gospel with those who'd never heard it. 

The remote Auca tribe...

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?

Jim's adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles...

In this Torchlighters episode we follow Jim's adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles, showing young people his faith in action as he answers God's call to do the seemingly impossible.

This short animated film does an excellent job in brining to children the story of Jim Elliot and his four fellow missionaries. 

Jim, a college wrestler...

It begins in the 1940s when Jim, a college wrestler, is practicing with a friend. While pinning and almost being pinned by his friend, he talks about their going into missionary work together. 

Thus the film provides some helpful background on the martyr's earlier life and, in Jim's case, his marriage to Elizabeth, who becomes his partner in the jungle station in Ecuador. 

The violence is not shown in graphic detail, though it is not glossed over. 

The rest of the story unfolds very quickly, including the missionary families' forgiveness and the moving into the jungle village of Rachel Saint and Betty Elliot with her daughter. This would be a good investment for every church library and children's program.

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Steve Saint talks about his parents and his experience...

The DVD includes a fascinating piece in which Steve Saint talks about his parents and his experience, and how he went about to investigate why the men, although they were armed, did not use their weapons to defend themselves. 

The answer is very revealing of the depth of the faith of the five martyrs. __________________________

"Church Libraries" Comments:

Torchlighters is a series of animated, adventure features targeted for 8 to 12 year-olds that tell life stories of Christian heroes. 

This one shows, in an age-appropriate way, how five young men were martyred by Ecuadorian tribal Indians in 1955.  

For all but the extremely sensitive, two scenes of Auca Indians killing with spears - first a group of oilmen, then Jim Elliot and four other missionaries - is not too violent for this age group.  

Most will take away the message in Jim's own words, 

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose." 

Recommended for any church library children's media collection. __________________________

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 ____________________

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