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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith


The Torchlighters series began when creator Bill Curtis was reading biographies of great Christian heroes to his 10 year old daughter. After finishing a chapter about missionary Gladys Aylward, she looked up at her dad and said, "I want to be a missionary when I grow up."

Realizing how clearly the power of this story moved his own child's heart, the Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith animated series for children was conceived. 

"Young people are often drawn to heroes in the sports and entertainment industry," says Curtis. "Many of these figures convey values contrary to our faith. We wanted to offer parents an alternative. We wanted to offer parents the opportunity to share with their children the stories of real heroes whose lives have had a lasting impact for the Kingdom of God."

The first 12 episodes have been bundled into a 12-pack. Each of the 12 discs includes a 30-minute animated story, four-lesson curriculum in PDF, feature-length documentary on the hero, and English and Spanish languages and subtitles.

The episodes included in the 12-pack are:
  • Jim Elliot
  • Richard Wurmbrand
  • Eric Liddell
  • Samuel Morris
  • Gladys Aylward
  • John Bunyan
  • Amy Carmichael
  • Augustine
  • William Tyndale
  • Perpetua
  • William Booth
  • Corrie Ten Boom

To learn more about Torchlighters, visit

I was given complimentary access to two episodes by LeAnn Hamby Vice President of Media Relations with Believers Trust for the purpose of giving a review:


In 1956, news from the steamy jungles of Ecuador spread rapidly around the world. Five young American men had been mercilessly killed by members of the Auca (Woadani) tribe - the very same people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. That seemingly senseless tragedy has become an inspirational marvel as family members of those young men have now befriended that very same tribe.

This is the story of one of the brave torchlighters who lost his life that fateful day. 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 would face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the friendliest gestures from outsiders.


Corrie ten Boom and her family repair broken clocks and watches. But as the evil of World War II sweeps through their city, a new kind of "watch" comes to their care: an innocent Jewish baby, 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 theTorchlighters is an amazing story of courage, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

My Thoughts:

Torchlighters is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  The first episode, The Jim Elliott Story, was first released in 2005.  The series has grown into 13 episodes and reaches beyond the original target ages of children 8-12 years old.
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.

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The Torchlighters resources would be the perfect mission focused edition to your church's children's ministry or home school groups.

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