I have been reading a book called Amazing Love by Corrie Ten Boom over the past few month. It is an incredible, yet simple collection of stories. She has written them in powerful ways to detail her experiences in the US and other places. Through out her experiences she has told her story to millions of people. Her story is survival and hope and faith in God.
One story needs sharing.
One night while Corrie was still in the concentration camp, her sister (who was also with her) woke her. Her sister, Bep told Corrie that God had wonderful plans for their lives once they were released from the camp. She said,
“We must open a home for people who have suffered so much here and in other places…….But the most important part of our task will be to tell everyone who will listen that Jesus is the only answer to the problems that are disturbing the hearts of men and of nations. We shall have the right to speak because we can tell from our experience that His light is more powerful than the deepest darkness. Surely, nothing could be more darker than our experiences her…….How wonderful that the reality of his presence is greater than the reality of hell about us! We shall have to do a lot of traveling….God will provide everything we need…..all our efforts must go into bringing the Gospel….”
Corrie said that Bep’s face glowed with happiness as she said these things. Despite their location in the barracks with some seven hundred women sleeping near them Bep looked to the future.
Bep died three days later. And only ten days later, Corrie was released, a week before all women her age were killed. Her story is amazing and simple, yet profound.
This story hits home with me because it is also a story of faithful sisters, with big dreams for God.