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Men and Women of Faith: Corrie Ten Boom

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"The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love."
~ Corrie Ten Boom

Today we look at the example set by one of history’s most remarkable women, Corrie Ten Boom. Living through one of the darkest periods of history, Corrie was an undeniable force of prayer during World War II. Raised in a Christian home, and brought up with a deep love for God’s chosen people, Corrie and her family converted their house to be an “underground stop” for Jews seeking to flee Nazi persecution.

For almost an entire year the Ten Boom family had as many as 10 people at a time hidden in their small home. Corrie built a “hiding place” in her own room that six to seven people could be concealed in at a time. She hid extra ration cards to feed them and a radio to learn more about what was happening around them; both illegal. She worked tirelessly to find new Dutch families to house the refugees. Throughout that year, Corrie and her family hid and saved an estimated 800 Jews.

Ultimately the Ten Boom family was betrayed and arrested by the Gestapo. Out of the ten of them, only six would live to see the end of the war. During the arrest and search of the house, four refugees and two Dutch underground workers hid successfully behind the false wall. They escaped two days later, and four of them would survive the war.

There are many stories to tell of how prayer saved Corrie, including how she was miraculously skipped over while smuggling a New Testament through a prison camp, despite the person in front of her being searched twice, or how she was accidentally released from prison a week before all the women in her age group were gassed to death. They are too long for us to include today, bur if you’re interested in learning more about her story please consider her book, The Hiding Place.

It’s needless to say, that a person could only go through the horrors she experienced and come out with the forgiveness she extended, by enduring with prayer. I will leave you with a few words from her on the subject.

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”

“What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.”

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”

“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.”


Sources:
https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Corrie_ten_Boom

https://www.tenboom.org/about-the-ten-booms/

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