The little woman with a big God
Worldfest Houston Awards 2009
2010 Silver Crown Award
Best Series at the International Christian Visual Media Association
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, visit www.torchlighters.org.
Language: English and Spanish
Subtitles: English and Spanish
– Original documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys’ adopted son Clifford Liu
– Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more (also available at www.torchlighters.org)
– Reproducible student handouts, including discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages, and more (also available at www.torchlighters.org)
– Many additional resources available online at www.torchlighters.org
The Midwest Book Review, September 2008
The newest addition to the outstanding Vision Video series “The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith” is “The Gladys Aylward Story,” a 30-minute animated video for children ages 8 through 12 that presents a true account of a Christian missionary who helped more than one hundred Chinese orphans to escape the onslaught of the Japanese when they swept through China in 1940 massacring whole populations in their conquest. Gladys Aylward embarked with the orphans upon a one hundred mile trek over the mountains of China to a safe haven. With only her determination, faith, and commitment to those children entrusted to her care, Gladys Aylward was able to accomplish one of the truly legendary rescues of World War II. This superbly recorded DVD is enhanced with English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles, and is enhanced for the viewer with the additional inclusion of a documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys’ adopted son, Clifford Liu. A comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, reproducible student handouts, and more make “The Gladys Aylward Story” ideal for home schooling and church schooling curriculums. Additional resources are available online at www.torchlighters.org.
Libraries Alive – Winter 2010
This excellent addition to the Torchlighter series of animated stories of real-life Christian heroes is a must see for the entire family. It chronicles the rescue of 100 orphaned children in war-torn China who are led on a perilous 100-mile mountain trek to safety by the missionary Gladys Aylward. She shines as an example of what a person with commitment, determination and unwavering faith in God can accomplish in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The video includes a documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys’ adopted son Clifford Lieu as well as a comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans and other materials available online. Ages 8-12.
Tim Challies – blogger, author, and book reviewer
The Torchlighters video series is a series of animated DVD’s dedicated to “Highlighting the honor, integrity and life-changing experiences of those well-known and little-known Christian men, women and children who in response to God’s call, dedicated their lives to a life of whole-hearted commitment and passionate service to Jesus.” It is a production of Christian History Institute along with International Films and Voice of the Martyrs. The first in this series was The Jim Elliot Story and this was followed by The William Tyndale Story, The John Bunyan Story and The Eric Liddell Story. The fifth entry in the series is The Gladys Aylward Story. Much like its predecessors, this video gives a half-hour animated look at the life of a Christian hero. It is targeted at children from ages 8-12. It focuses on Aylward’s perilous 100-mile trek to rescue orphaned children from the ravages of the Japanese Army. It challenges children to understand what God can do through a Christian devoted to following him at any cost.
I’ll admit that, though the animated video was enjoyable, I preferred the hour-long documentary included in the DVD’s extras. Prepared, I believe, specifically for this project, it provided a very enjoyable and informative overview of Aylward’s life. Her story is one that is well worth telling. This is a great addition to the DVD and one that extends its value. http://www.challies.com/music-movies/dvd-reviews