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Because of their willingness to hide Jews from the Nazis, the Ten Boom family was sent to the notorious Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, where Corrie and her sister Betsie managed to stay together. Here they experienced not only the depths of man’s inhumanity to man but also the power of practicing the presence of Jesus. Corrie’s stories of God’s miraculous provision in prison were eventually made into a popular movie called The Hiding Place.

Sadly, Betsie did not survive the brutality and severe depravations of the concentration camp. Within two weeks of her beloved sister’s death Corrie was released from the camp. Years later she learned that her being let go was the result of a clerical error, and shortly after her release, all middle aged women (same age as Corrie) were put to death. 

Corrie wrote, “God has plans—not problems—for our lives. Before she died in the concentration camp in Ravensbruck, my sister said to me, “Corrie, your whole life has been a training for the work you are doing here in prison—and for the work you will do afterward.”

“Looking back across the years of my life, I can see the working of a divine pattern, which is the way of God with His children.  When I was in prison camp in Holland during the war, I often prayed, “Lord, never let the enemy put me in a German concentration camp.” God answered no to that prayer. Yet in the German camp, with all its horror, I found many prisoners who had never heard of Jesus Christ.

 “If God had not used my sister Betsie and me to bring them to Him, they would never have heard of Him. Many died, or were killed, but many died with the name of Jesus on their lips.  They were well worth all our suffering.  Faith is like radar, which sees through the fog—the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”

A life lived practicing the presence of Jesus allows God to direct us to our destiny—and, no matter the circumstance it will work in ways that God will be honored and glorified.

Blessings, Wayne Culmore, President

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