Item description for Torchlighters DVD - Ep. 01: The Jim Elliot Story (Torchlighters #1) by Casscom Media...
Overview Torchlighters: Jim Elliot -- Geared for children ages 8-12, this stunning, half-hour, action-packed program uses top quality animation to bring to life the story of missionary martyr Jim Elliot.
Publishers Description In this inaugural episode follow Jim's adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles, showing young people his faith in action as he answers God's call to do the seemingly impossible. 30 minutes plus 83 minutes of extras including leader's guide.
Special features included on DVD:
- English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles
- Interview with Steve Saint, son Nate Saint, a fellow martyr with Jim Elliot
- Autobiography of Marj Saint Van Der Puy, Nate's wife
- Comprehensive leader's guide with reproducible student worksheets in pdf format.
Torchlighters is a new series of animated programs for youth 8-12 presenting the lives of true life heroes from history that will lift their sights for purpose in life and what God can do through lives devoted to his will and purposes. The first program in the series on the life of missionary martyr Jim Elliot.
The date was 1956. From the steamy jungles of Ecuador news spread around the world that four young Americans were mercilessly killed by members of the Auca tribe - a people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. That seemingly senseless tragedy a half century ago has turned into an historic inspirational marvels as that same tribe is now friends with the families of those they killed! This is the story of one of those torchlighters - Jim Elliot.
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'd face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the most friendly of gestures from outsiders.
How could Jim and his team ever break down the hostile barriers? Would they ever be able to carry a torch of faith to a savage people determined to attack all outsiders?
In this inaugural Torchlighters episode we follow Jim's adventures in faith from his college years to his work in the jungles, showing young people his faith in action as he answers God's call to do the seemingly impossible. 4868D
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Format: Animated, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Vision Video
Running Time: 30.00 minutes
Record Label Vision Video
Format Animated / Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher NEW LIFE INSPIRATIONAL ENT.
Series Number 1
ISBN 5559058025 ISBN13 9785559058023 UPC 727985007601
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Torchlighters: Jim Elliot Story?
Stephen Jones "Jesus Saves!" Nov 30, 1999
This is the best 1/2 hour cartoon I have seen in a very long time! It's a real exicting movie with a Awesome Ending. IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent Family DVD Nov 30, 1999
We checked this DVD out from the library in preperation for a field trip to see a plane similar to Nate Saint's. Our whole family (kids ages 5 - 14) were captivated by the animated story. My 5 year old got teary eyed during the attack scene (at the thought that those men died for Jesus), but it is not overly violent. The interview with Steve Saint is a little long for younger kids but my 10, 12, and 14 year olds watched all of it. It is a great tool to prepare your kids for whatever task God might ask them to do! We have not looked at the study guide or the other bonus feature but expect more of the same great material. We are looking forward to more from this series.
Well Done Nov 30, 1999
The Torchlighters video series is a new 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 is The Jim Elliot Story. Elliot is widely known in the Christian world because of the prolific writing and speaking career of his wife, Elisabeth. In 1956 Jim Elliot, along with four other young missionaries, were killed by a vicious tribe of Euadorian natives whom the men were trying to reach with the gospel. The tragedy has become an inspiration to people across the world as they have seen the families of those who were killed continue to love and serve among the tribe who put them to death.
This video, which is about a half hour long, provides a brief glimpse of Elliot's short career as a missionary. It introduces each of the men who served with him and shows their love for the Lord and their determination to serve him whatever the cost. The cover for the DVD says, "In the inaugural Torchlighters episode we follow Jim's adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles, showing young people his faith in action as he answers God's call to do the seemingly impossible." The story is presented well, focusing on the unshakeable faith of these young men.
It should be noted that the series is targetted primarily at children between the ages of eight and twelve. I was hoping that I could show this film to my son, who is five, but my wife feels that it might be a little too intense for him. Perhaps next year. There is nothing too terribly graphic (certainly by today's standards) but the viewer will nevertheless witness the deaths of many people, including the hero of the story.
Included with the film is a study guide suitable for children that includes a leader's guide and reproducible student worksheets; an interview with Steve Saint, son of Nate Saint who was killed along with Jim Elliot and who has gone on to serve with the same tribe; and a video autobiography of Marj Saint Van Der Puy, Nate's wife. These add significant value to what is already a strong presentation, though these extras will appeal far more to adults than to children.
Future titles in the Torchlighters series include The William Tyndale Story (release is imminent), The John Bunyan Story (set for a 2006 release) and The Eric Liddell Story (also set for a 2006 release). This looks like a wonderful little series and I am sure each of the titles will be a valuable addition to any church or personal library. I hope to make each of these titles available to my children.
The Jim Elliot Story is well-made and will surely appeal to the target audience. It will share with children the deep and inspiring faith of some of God's most dedicated servants. I am glad to recommend it.